Elizabeth H. Mitchell, also known as Libby, has more than 30 years of legislative experience in Maine, including serving in the House and the Senate. She chaired the Banking and Insurance, Education, Legal and Veterans Affairs Committees. She also chaired the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability committee. In her leadership capacity, she chaired the Legislative Council.
Libby served as Director of Maine State Housing Authority from 1986-90, where she managed a multi-million dollar portfolio. The agency worked with realtors, banks, credit unions, and developers to provide affordable housing. This experience gave her the opportunity to chair the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston from 1995-2000.
She worked as a Policy Fellow at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine from 1999-2005.
Not only was Libby the first woman Speaker of the House in the history of Maine; she was also the first person ever to be elected Speaker of the House and later President of the Maine Senate.
Libby lives at home with her husband, Jim and their golden retriever, Winston. They have four adult children and six grandchildren, all of whom have returned to Maine to live, work, and raise their families.