Elizabeth H. Mitchell, also known as Libby, graduated from University of Maine School of Law in 2005, and embarked on her law career. She began by assisting the lawyers at Mitchell & Davis. Her practice focuses on family law, wills, trusts, and estates. She also works on real estate closings, setting up corporations, and other business transactions.
She is a rostered guardian ad litem for the family court system in Maine, and a rostered mediator in family law, foreclosure, small claims, and forcible entry and detainer cases.
After her beloved husband, Jim (a founding member of Jim Mitchell & Jed Davis P.A.), passed away, she succeeded in winning the Kennebec County Judgeship seat he formerly held, where she currently presides in Augusta. She has completed the first year of a four-year term.
Mitchell has more than 30 years of legislative experience in Maine, serving in both 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. Not only was Libby the first woman Speaker of the House in the history of Maine; she was also the first person in the nation ever to be elected Speaker of the House and later President of the Maine Senate. Mitchell’s years of legislative experience give her excellent background and understanding of administrative law.
She also has municipal experience, serving as Selectwoman in the town of Vassalboro for several years.
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. Her work with housing gives her expertise in real estate.
Libby and her late husband Jim have four adult children and nine grandchildren.