Maine House honors state's long-serving finance commissioner Millett
by Scott Thistle, State Politics editor Sun Journal April 15, 2014
AUGUSTA — Democrats and Republicans stood on the floor of the House of Representatives on Monday to speak fondly of state finance commissioner H. Sawin Millett Jr.
Millett, 76, of Waterford is retiring as commissioner of the Department of Administration and Financial Services under Republican Gov. Paul LePage on May 30.
He was also a long-serving state lawmaker who became an expert on the state budget during his 55 years in public service.
"I can tell you that no one in the State House knows more about the workings of this state government, has a greater institutional memory or has a greater command of state finances than Sawin Millett," state Rep. Peggy Rotundo, D-Lewiston, said. "No one is smarter or more clever or has served the people of Maine with greater dedication."
Rotundo, the current House chair of the Legislature's budget-writing Appropriations Committee, said she served with Millett for more than nine years, including working with him on the committee when he was a lawmaker.
"Sawin has been a generous mentor to legislators who have work with him and that is an important part of the legacy he leaves behind him," Rotundo said.