FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2007
Contact: Matthew Dunlap
Matthew Dunlap Takes Oath of Office for Second Term as
Maine's 47th Secretary of State
AUGUSTA, ME— Matthew Dunlap of Old Town was sworn in by Governor John E. Baldacci on Wednesday, January 10 in the Hall of the House of Representatives to serve a second term as Secretary of State for the 123rd Legislature.
Dunlap was elected by secret ballot during a joint session of the House of Representatives and Senate on December 6, 2006. Dunlap was first elected to serve as the 47th Secretary of State by the 122nd Legislature in 2005. On Wednesday, Attorney General G. Steven Rowe and State Treasurer David G. Lemoine, who also took their respective oaths of office, joined Secretary Dunlap.
“This will be an exciting time, with much opportunity over the next two years,” Dunlap said, reflecting on his first two years as Secretary of State. “I don’t think people realize the amazing scope of what this department does, and we have had some real challenges, but I have the best staff in the world, which is why we succeed.” His wife, Michelle Dunphy, and his family joined Dunlap, including his mother, Susan Dunlap of Orland.
A Bar Harbor native, Dunlap has lived in Old Town for nearly two decades, and served as a Representative to the Legislature in House District 121 for the 118th through 121st Legislatures. During that time he served as House Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, as House Chair of the Government Oversight Committee, as a member of the House Elections Committee, and as Democratic Chair of the Legislative Apportionment Commission.
Dunlap has overseen the development of new technologies both in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and in the Division of Elections, and is a member of the InforME Board. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the National Association of Secretaries of State, and in 2006 chaired a special task force to recommend improvements to the Maine Cultural Building. He is a member of the Russian-American Rule of Law Consortium Steering Committee, and the Greater Portland-Arkhangelsk Sister City Committee. He was also appointed by Governor John Baldacci to serve as the Chair of the 2006 Maine State Employees Combined Charitable Appeal. He has also undertaken steps to ensure protection and preservation of digital records in partnership with Governor Baldacci.
“We work with all three branches of government,” said Dunlap. “The next two years offer exciting opportunities to help Maine people. I’m grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to it.”