State and Federal Relations Staff

Three people currently make up MMA’s State and Federal Relations staff, two Legislative Advocates and an Advocacy Associate. Municipal officials are encouraged to contact MMA’s SFR staff with any questions, suggestions or comments they may have with respect to state legislation or regulation, generally, or MMA’s advocacy program in particular. All MMA employees may be reached at the Association’s toll-free number 1-800-452-8786 or at the local number 207-623-8428.

Kate Dufour - telephone extension #2213. e-mail address

Kate has worked for MMA since 1995 and served as the Director of the SFR Department since 2017. Kate received her BA degree and Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine. Kate serves her home town on both the Board of Assessors and the Ordinance Rewrite Committee. Kate’s advocacy is focused on the areas of taxation, education and labor and State appropriations. The joint standing legislative committees Kate works most closely with are:

  • Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry
  • Appropriations & Financial Affairs
  • Education & Cultural Affairs
  • Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
  • Taxation, Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development

Garrett Corbin - telephone extension #2208, e-mail address

Garrett began working as a Legislative Advocate for MMA in April 2013. Garrett received his BA degree from Boston University and his Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Maine School of Law. Before coming to MMA, Garrett worked in a number of capacities with and for the Maine Legislature. Garrett’s advocacy is focused in the areas of transportation, corrections, intergovernmental relations and judiciary. The joint standing legislative committees Garrett works most closely with are:

  • Energy, Utilities & Technology
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Judiciary
  • State & Local Government
  • Transportation
  • Veterans & Legal Affairs

Laura Ellis - telephone extension #2207. e-mail address

Laura has worked for MMA since 1997. She has served as SFR’s Advocacy Associate since 2001. Laura provides an array of administrative services to the advocacy department, including conducting the LPC election every even-numbered year, providing the administrative work associated with noticing and conducting all LPC meetings, coordinating all staff schedules and SFR communications and tracking the progress of all municipally-related legislation throughout each legislative session. Laura is the person at SFR to contact with any questions about the Association’s Legislative Policy Committee or the current status of any legislation.  Laura is also the contact person if you would like any document or publication sent to you that was either created by SFR staff or referenced in any of the Department’s various publications or communications.

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