Senator Eric Brakey is a resident of Auburn, with five generations of family roots in the town of New Gloucester. He was elected to the Maine State Senate in 2014 at the age of 26, making him the youngest State Senator in the state and in the nation. Senator Brakey received a majority of votes in all five municipalities, making him the only Republican challenger to win a majority in Auburn since Olympia Snowe’s 1976 State Senate race.
In the legislature, Senator Brakey serves as the Senator Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, where he has been an outspoken advocate for welfare reform. He sponsored successful legislation to ban the purchases of alcohol, cigarettes, lottery tickets, adult entertainment and other inappropriate purchases with welfare dollars. He also sponsored and passed welfare reform legislation that requires those who are discovered to have committed welfare fraud in the General Assistance program to make repayment before they can ever re-qualify for similar benefits.
In 2015, Senator Brakey also lead the successful effort on the passage of Constitutional Carry legislation,which allows law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun in the State of Maine withour the need for a permit. Brakey's bill garnered much media attention across the state, and ended up passing the House and the Senate with bi-partisan majorities of both Republicans and Democrats. It was signed into law by Governor LePage on July 8, 2015 and went into effect across the state on October 15, 2015.
Outside the legislature, Eric works professionally as a Financial Records Manager for Brakey Energy, a family-run business that consults with industrial clients to lower energy costs and increase energy efficiency. He holds a college degree in Theatre Performance and has spent several years working as a professional actor.
In his spare time, Eric's favorite hobby is acting with the Lewiston/Auburn Community Little Theater (LACLT), where he recently performed the roles of Felix Ungar in "The Odd Couple," Brother Maynard in Monty Python's "Spamalot," and Mortimer Brewster in "Arsenic and Old Lace."
As an involved member of the community, Eric Brakey mentors a child in Auburn through "Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Androscoggin County." He and his Little Brother enjoy doing fun activities together. Whether bowling at Sparetime Recreation in Lewiston or fishing in Poland's Upper Range Pond, the two of them always manage to have a fun time.
As an active member of the community, Eric is active with Young Professionals of the Lewiston/Auburn Area (YPLAA), a networking organization for young professionals. He recently participated in the 2013 and 2014 YPLAA "Y-Not?" Community Scavenger Hunt.
In 2012, Eric Brakey served as the Maine State Director for the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign, leading a tidal wave of grassroots supporters to victory at the 2012 Maine Republican Convention. Currently, he volunteers as the Chairman for Defense of Liberty, a citizens' group that promotes “Free People and Free Markets” in the Maine Legislature.
Eric attends church at East Auburn Baptist in Auburn, ME.