Dawn Hill

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Dawn Hill
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Maine State Senate District 1
In office
December 1, 2010-present
Term ends
December 3, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$13,852/year (first regular session)
$9,661/year/year (second regular session)
Per diem$38/day, plus $32/day for meals
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Maine House of Representatives
2006 -2010
Bachelor'sFairleigh Dickinson College
J.D.West Virginia University Law School
ProfessionAttorney, business owner
Campaign website
Dawn Hill is a Democratic member of the Maine State Senate, representing District 1 since December 2010. Prior to her time in the Senate, Hill served two terms in the Maine House of Representatives representing District 149. Hill was also appointed by Chief Justice Leigh Saufley during the 123rd Legislature to serve on the Indigent Legal Services Study Commission.

Hill is a licensed attorney in both Maine and West Virginia, actively practicing corporate and real estate law from 1980-1989 at her law firm in York. Hill is also the Owner of It's a Dog's World, a a large canine training and activity facility in southern Maine. She is the senior serving member of the board of directors for MMG Insurance of Presque Isle, Maine, and is a member of the Emerge Maine Board of Directors, York Land Trust Board of Directors, and Maine State Planning Office Critical Areas Advisory Board.

Hill graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson College in Teaneck, NJ. She graduated with a degree in Marketing in 1974. She then went on to earn her J.D. from West Virginia University Law School.


Campaign themes

Hill's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Making the Connection for Maine's Economy

  • Excerpt:"Hill understands that to create jobs in Maine and get our economy moving again government should be a partner to small business – not a roadblock."

Government Accountability

  • Excerpt:"Dawn continues to support the efforts of the organization 'Think Again' with information and advocacy. 'Think Again' is a local grass roots organization formed to stop the relocation of the York toll plaza."

Making Tough Choices to Balance Maine's Budget

  • Excerpt:"Her efforts brought forth a nonpartisan balanced biennial budget and four nonpartisan balanced supplemental budgets that were passed with super majorities in both the House and Senate."

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hill served on the following committees:

Maine Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations and Financial Affairs, Chair


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hill served on these committees:



See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2012

Hill won re-election in 2012. She ran unopposed in the June 12, 2012 Democratic primary and defeated Arthur Kyricos (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Maine State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDawn Hill Incumbent 62.8% 13,592
     Republican Arthur Kyricos 37.2% 8,066
Total Votes 21,658


See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2010

Hill did not run for re-election to the State House, but rather ran for election to the Maine State Senate. She defeated Republican candidate Michael Estes in the November 2 general election. Democratic incumbent Peter Bowman did not run for re-election.[3]

Maine State Senate, District 1
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dawn Hill (D) 8,623 51%
Michael Estes (R) 7849 46%
Blank 535 3%

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

Maine State Senate, District 1 - Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dawn Hill 2,528 100%


On November 04, 2008, Dawn Hill ran for District 149of the Maine House of Representatives, beating Bradley Moulton. [5]

Dawn Hill raised $5,246 for her campaign.[6]

Maine House of Representatives, District 149
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dawn Hill (D) 3,459
Bradley Moulton (R) 2,172

Campaign themes


On her campaign website, Hill outlined these themes: [7]

  • Economy - Hill understands that to create jobs in Maine and get our economy moving again, government should be a partner to small business, not a roadblock
  • Government accountability - Hill will work with anyone or stand up to anyone to make sure that Maine families are represented
  • Breaking through the politics - Hill will balance the budget and cut taxes

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hill is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Hill raised a total of $82,274 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 10, 2013.[8]

Dawn Hill's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Maine State Senate, District 1 Won $15,188
2010 Maine State Senate, District 1 Won $56,491
2008 Maine State House, District 149 Won $5,246
2006 Maine State House, District 149 Won $5,349
Grand Total Raised $82,274


Hill won re-election to the Maine State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hill raised a total of $15,188.
Maine State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dawn Hill's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$11,313
Its a Dogs World$500
Visa Inc$400
Tardy, Mitchell$250
Total Raised in 2012$15,188
Source: Follow the Money


In 2010, Hill raised $56,491 in contributions. [9]

Her three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $40,706
Nadeau, James A $8,386
James A Nadeau/Loan Forgiven; $000 Balance $3,500


In 2008 Dawn Hill collected $5,246 in donations. [10]

Her largest contributor in 2008 was:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $4,656


Hill has a husband, James Nadeau.

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Preceded by
Peter Bowman (D)
Maine State Senate District 1
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