Janet Trafton Mills was sworn in as the 75th Governor of Maine in 2019. As governor, she is fighting to see that every Maine person has affordable, high-quality health care, that Maine has a strong economy with good-paying jobs in every part of the state, that every Maine child has access to a world-class education, and that Maine is a place where families can put down roots and raise their kids.
Janet first entered public service as an Assistant Attorney General, where she prosecuted homicides and other major crimes. After a few years, she was elected District Attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties, making her the first woman to be elected as a DA in New England. Prior to becoming governor, Janet served as the Attorney General of Maine – the first and only woman to hold the job.
In 1985, she met and married the love of her life, her husband, Stan Kuklinski, a widower with five young daughters ages four to 16. Janet and Stan moved back to Farmington, and she became a full-time mom to five daughters who she helped raise while working full-time herself. Following a stroke, Stan passed away in 2014. She is now the proud grandmother to three grandsons and two granddaughters.
Governor Mills is the first woman governor of Maine. In her historic victory, she earned more votes than any governor in state history and is first governor since 1966 to win a majority of the vote for her first term.
Mills has served on the Truth Initiative board of directors since 2021.