Terry Hayes (politician)

Terry Hayes
51st Treasurer of Maine
Assumed office
January 6, 2015
Governor Paul LePage
Preceded by Neria Douglass
Personal details
Political party Democratic (Before 2014)
Independent (2014–present)
Alma mater Bowdoin College

Teresea 'Terry' M. Hayes is an American politician from Maine who is currently the Maine State Treasurer. A political independent, Hayes represented part of Oxford County, Maine, including her residence in Buckfield, Maine, as a Democrat from 2006 to 2014. She was unable to seek re-election to the Maine House of Representatives in 2014 due to term-limits.[1]

Following Hayes' 2010 re-election, she was named Assistant Minority Leader of the House Democrats. In November 2012, Hayes won a closely contested election by just 42 votes over her Republican opponent.[2]

Hayes earned a B.A. in government from Bowdoin College in 1980. From 1991 to 2004, Hayes served on the MSAD 39 (Buckfield, Hartford, Sumner) School Board, including a stint as chair.[1] She earned her MBA from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine in May 2014.[3]

In 2014, Hayes endorsed unenrolled candidate for Governor Eliot Cutler.[4]

On December 3, 2014, Hayes was nominated by legislative Republicans to be State Treasurer of Maine, and she defeated the Democratic incumbent, Neria Douglass due to the support of Republicans and a minority of Democrats.[5] She is the first independent to hold the office. [6] Hayes has said one of her goals as treasurer is to create an online tool to allow the public to view and track how state bond money is spent, for greater transparency.[7]


Political offices
Preceded by
Neria Douglass
Treasurer of Maine

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