AUGUSTA, Maine — Rep. Jeff Gifford, who represented the Lincoln space for almost a decade within the Maine Home of Representatives, died Sunday at age 75.
Gifford was first elected in 2004 and spent eight years in Augusta earlier than returning to his seat within the 2020 election. He’s unopposed in Tuesday’s main for the social gathering’s nomination and can be capable to get replaced by fellow Republicans after Election Day.
After graduating from Lincoln’s Mattanawcook Academy in 1964, Gifford began working on the paper mill in his hometown and spent his total profession within the business, additionally teaching youth soccer for 25 years and serving as a selectman there for 16 years.
Gifford was “a faithful public servant” who was “steadfast in his beliefs and concern for others,” Home Minority Chief Kathleen Dillingham, R-Oxford, stated in a press release.
“Thanks to the Gifford household for sharing such a terrific man with all of us by the years,” Rep. Kathy Javner, R-Chester, stated in a Fb publish. “He won’t ever be forgotten.”
Gifford served on the forestry committee within the Legislature and sometimes labored on gaming laws, together with one in 2014 that will have allowed the previous Scarborough Downs harness racing observe to function as a racino, lodge and retail vacation spot. He was a part of a bunch that took half in a 2012 financial mission to Quebec.
He’s survived by his spouse, Irene, three youngsters, seven grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.