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Lois Snowe Mello
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Maine State Senate District 15
Former Member
In office
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Maine State House of Representatives
Date of birthFebruary 27, 1948
Place of birthPassaic, NJ
ReligionRoman Catholic
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Lois Snowe Mello (b. February 27, 1948) is a former Republican member of the Maine State Senate, representing District 15 from 2010 to 2012.

Prior to becoming Senator, Lois served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives. During that time she served two terms on the Joint Committee on Health and Human Services and two terms on the Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Affairs. She also served on the Joint Committee on Insurance and Financial.

Snowe-Mello currently serves on the Board of Dirrectors for Tax Payers United, and is also a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Mello served on these committees:


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Lois Snowe Mello endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [1]



See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2012

Snowe Mello ran for re-election in 2012. She was unopposed in the June 12, 2012 Republican primary and was defeated by John Cleveland (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Maine State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cleveland 53.5% 10,341
     Republican Lois Mello Incumbent 46.5% 8,982
Total Votes 19,323


See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2010

Mello defeated Democratic incumbent Deborah Simpson in the November 2 general election.[3]

Maine State Senate, District 15
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lois Snowe Mello (R) 8,467 52%
Deborah Simpson (D) 7,362 45%
Blank 787 5%

In the June 8th primary election, Mello ran unopposed.[4]

Maine State Senate, District 15 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lois Snowe Mello 3,030 100%

Campaign themes


Snowe Mello's campaign website lists several main issues:[5]

  • Spending - "I have always advocated for spending within our means, rather than spending more than we are taking in. We cannot keep adding debt and expecting to deal with it in some distant future."
  • State employee salaries - "The number of state employees who make more than $100,000 is scandalous for a state the size of Maine. The salaries of higher management must be looked at, and possibly lowered."
  • Utility and heating costs - " There's no excuse for using Central Maine Power and our telephone bills as a cash cow to fund programs that are unrelated."
  • Health Insurance - "We must lower the cost of insurance...Maine's regulations have driven out all but three insurance companies. Because of that we don't have competition, which is needed to drive down cost. We could save greatly by repealing Dirigo. The Maine Legislature must allow people and businesses to purchase health insurance out of state in order to save costs and have lower deductables."
  • Welfare - "We must reform welfare. Residency requirements, time limits which mirror the federal model and requiring young people who are healthy in body and mind to work a meaningful job to attain benefits are all reasonable changes."

Campaign donors


In 2010, Mello raised $60,370 in contributions.[6]

Her largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $58,870 to her campaign.


Lois lives in Poland, Maine wither her husband of 20 years, Brian. They have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Deborah Simpson
Maine State Senate District 15
Succeeded by
John Cleveland (D)