Congratulations to Our Members Elected to Serve in the 130th Senate!

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Our members know firsthand the impact the decisions and actions of state government have on our farms. We are proud that our members have taken an active role in public service, and we look forward to working with them to promote and protect Maine’s agriculture industry.

Senator Jeffrey Timberlake, Ricker Hill Orchards, Turner. Representing Senate District 22: Durham, Greene, Leeds, Lisbon, Litchfield, Sabattus, Turner, Wales, and Wayne. Member for several decades.

Senator Timberlake has been a strong supporter of Maine Farm Bureau for many years. He has served in the leadership of our organization, has presided as Parliamentarian at several of our Annual Meetings and is a strong voice for agriculture at the State House.

Prior to his service in the Senate, Timberlake served District 75 in the Maine House of Representatives for four consecutive terms. During this time, he served on the Appropriations Committee and the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee and in 2012 he served on the Maine Economic Development Committee.

A resident of Turner, Sen. Timberlake is a co-owner of Ricker Hill Orchards, an eighth generation family farm. He and his family also own multiple businesses including Northland TrueValue and Northland Holder Inc.

He is a graduate of Leavitt Area High School and CMMC in Auburn, where he specialized in Automotive Technology and Diesel Mechanics and an earned an Associate Degree in Business Management.

Sen. Timberlake served as a fireman for the town of Turner for thirty-seven years, Chairman of the Turner Planning Board for sixteen years and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Selectmen for two years. He is currently a member of the Kora Shrine, Nezinscot Lodge and the Turner Ridge Riders.

His spouse of 41 years is Joline. Together, they have one child and two grandchildren.


Senator Russell Black. Representing Senate District 17: Avon, Belgrade, Carrabassett Valley, Carthage, Chesterville, Coplin Plantation, Dallas Plantation, East Central Franklin, Eustis, Farmington, Fayette, Industry, Jay, Kingfield, Mount Vernon, New Sharon, New Vineyard, North Franklin, Phillips, Rangeley, Rangeley Plantation, Sandy River Plantation, Strong, Temple, Vienna, Weld, West Central Franklin, and Wilton. Member for several decades.

Prior to his service in the Senate, Black represented District 114 in the Maine House of Representatives for four consecutive terms. While in the House he served as the Ranking Minority Member of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.

A farmer and a logger, Sen. Black owns and operates Black Acres Farm on Black Acre Road in Wilton. His farm specializes in raising grass-fed beef cattle, hogs and maple syrup production. He is a graduate of Mt. Blue High School and attended college at the Wentworth Institute for Technology in Boston, MA and Central Maine Community College.

At the local level, he served as a town selectman for the Town of Wilton for nine years, on the planning board for 19 years, as a director and past president of the Wilton Lions Club, past president of the Mt. Blue High School All Sports Boosters, a member of the Wilton Fish and Game Club, past USDA farm service committee member, director and past vice president of the Franklin County Farm Bureau, director of the Farmington Farmers Union. He is a member of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.

Senator Black and his wife Susan have been married for 48 years. Together they share four children, 10 grandchildren and a great-grandson.


Senator Trey Stewart. Representing Senate District 2: Amity, Bancroft, Blaine, Bridgewater, Carroll Plantation, Cary Plantation, Central Aroostook Unorganized Territory, Chapman, Crystal, Drew Plantation, Dyer Brook, Easton, Fort Fairfield, Glenwood Plantation, Hammond, Haynesville, Hersey, Hodgdon, Houlton, Island Falls, Kingman Township, Lakeville, Lee, Linneus, Littleton, Ludlow, Macwahoc Plantation, Mars Hill, Merrill, Monticello, Moro Plantation, Mount Chase, New Limerick, Oakfield, Orient, Patten, Prentiss Township, Presque Isle, Reed Plantation, Sherman, Smyrna, South Aroostook Unorganized Territory, Springfield, Stacyville, Twombly Ridge Township, Webster Plantation, Westfield, Weston, Whitney Township, Winn, and part of North Penobscot Unorganized Territory. Member since 2018.

Sen. Harold “Trey” Stewart III is serving his third term in the Maine Legislature after representing the people of House District 147, which encompasses most of Presque Isle, for the past four years. He previously served as the Assistant House Republican Leader for the 129th Legislature.

Currently, Sen. Stewart is the youngest member of the Maine Senate. He graduated from Presque Isle High School in 2012. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine in 2016 in political science and sociology, the same year he was first elected to the Maine House of Representatives.  Since then, he has completed an MBA while serving his first term in the legislature, graduating in May of 2018 and is now in his second year of law school at Maine Law.

Sen. Stewart worked in the Office of Congressman Bruce Poliquin prior to serving in the legislature and for the Aroostook Partnership and Northern Maine Development Commission.

During his two terms in the Maine House, Sen. Stewart was the youngest member of the Maine Legislature and served on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, the Taxation Committee, and the statewide Opioid Task Force. 

In addition to his career and legislative service, Sen. Stewart is also a member of the Presque Isle Rotary Club; Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce; Trinity Masonic Lodge #130; Aroostook County Action Program, Board of Directors; Northern Maine Community College Foundation, Board of Directors; University of Maine at Presque Isle Board of  Visitors; American Legislative Exchange Council, Board of Directors; National Conference of State Legislatures, Board of Directors; and Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact, Commissioner for Maine. He previously served as a volunteer firefighter for the Presque Isle Fire Department for five years.

Sen. Stewart spends his spare time traveling around Maine and the country, reading, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing,  and spending time at the family camp with friends and family.


Senator Stacy Brenner, Broadturn Farm, Scarborough. Representing Senate District 30: Bar Mills, Gorham, part of Buxton, part of Scarborough, and West Scarborough. Member since 2019.

Stacy is an organic farmer and small business owner who co-founded and now operates Broadturn Farm in Scarborough. Stacy spent her early working career as a nurse-midwife, tending to the births of hundreds of babies at Mercy Hospital in Portland. Raised in a working-class suburb in New Jersey, Stacy spent her childhood romanticizing country life. When she wasn’t watching reruns of “Little House on the Prairie,” Stacy would escape the suburban chem-lawns of her neighborhood to explore the wooded edges of the development with her brother. She always wanted to be a farmer. In 2002, Stacy, her five-year-old daughter Emma, and her husband, John Bliss, moved to Maine to become first-generation farmers. They entered the MOFGA farmer journeyperson program designed to support new entry growers and taught themselves how to be farmers. In 2006, Stacy and John opened Broadturn Farm, which produces cut flowers and organic vegetables, hosts weddings, and runs a summer day camp focused on connecting youth with sustainable agriculture. Stacy’s strengths rest in her dedication to building meaningful relationships with people in her community—relationships she will no doubt continue to foster as Senator for District 30. She understands that the first step in creating connection is by listening to the concerns of constituents.