Qualified, Proven LeadershipA native Mainer, Maeghan grew up in the Pine Tree housing development in Lewiston and attended Leavitt Area High School in Turner, graduating as Valedictorian and Class President. She was awarded a full scholarship to Swarthmore College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.
Maeghan continued to distinguish herself at Harvard Law School, earning a Truman Scholarship for public service and serving as the President and Editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation before graduating cum laude in 1997. She worked as a research assistant for renowned law professor Lawrence Tribe drafting briefs for multi-state cigarette litigation and researching and editing an amicus brief for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Maeghan worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon, working in the trial unit until she was promoted to head the multi-million dollar civil forfeiture unit.
In 2000, she was awarded a prestigious Henry Luce Fellowship to work on domestic violence issues in Singapore and learn about new practices being employed to support victims.
Looking to return to Maine, she worked at the Verrill & Dana Law Firm in Portland as a litigator, before joining the State Attorney General’s Office for four years as an Assistant A.G. Here, she tried cases in district and superior court in Augusta, Waterville and Skowhegan.
From 2008 until her election as District Attorney, Maeghan operated her own general litigation practice, providing legal services to local families, trying cases in the courts of Kennebec and Somerset Counties and serving as a guardian-ad-litem to advocate for the special needs and protect the rights of children.
In 2010, Maloney ran a successful campaign to represent the citizens of Augusta’s House District 57 and quickly established herself as an effective legislator. A life-long Democrat, Maeghan is respected on both sides of the aisle for her commitment to the people of Maine, reliance on well-researched facts when debating legislation, and her ability to discuss the issues and build consensus. It is her knowledge and skill in working with the legal community and legislators that led to the passage of the first Veteran’s Court in Maine.
Supported by the Democratic Committees of Kennebec and Somerset Counties to fill the Interim District Attorney’s role prior to the election, Maeghan ran successfully and took office after the special election in 2012. Her education, legal and legislative experience give her the perfect combination of knowledge and skills needed to fill the multi-faceted role of District Attorney and manage this office into the future. To learn more about Maeghan’s plan, please click here.