Maine Gov. Paul LePage

Maine's governor tapped a former longtime Republican lawmaker who served in his first-term administration to serve as commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced on Jan. 2 that Richard Rosen has been nominated to serve in the financial chief post after serving as acting commissioner since the retirement of H. Sawin Millett, Jr. in May.

Rosen, who was previously Maine DAFS deputy commissioner of finance, served four terms in the Maine State Senate and chaired the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. He also spent three terms in the Maine House of Representatives.

"DAFS is a dynamic organization with a broad scope of responsibility and I look forward to continuing our important work on behalf of the Governor and the citizens of Maine," said Rosen in a statement.

LePage's appointment of Rosen came as the Republican began his second term as governor after winning reelection on Nov. 4 in a three person-race. Rosen was director of Gov. LePage's Office of Policy and Management during his first term. His appointment still needs to be confirmed by the Maine State Senate.

"For the last seven months, he has led DAFS through many important initiatives, including the development of my upcoming biennial budget," said LePage in a statement. "Richard is a dedicated public servant, and he will continue to serve the people of Maine well as commissioner."

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