Representative Lisa Villa
Rep. Villa is serving her first term in the Maine House of Representatives, representing District 98 which includes the towns of Bridgton, Harrison, Lovell, Stow and Sweden.
Villa was appointed to the Judiciary Committee by Speaker Mark Eves. The Judiciary Committee has one of the broadest jurisdictional charters in the legislature, this position gives Villa an influential voice in shaping legislation on issues relating to judicial system organization and budget, civil rights and family law.
Prior to being elected to the Legislature, Villa served two terms as a selectman in Harrison, two terms as the Cumberland County Finance Committee chairman, and Co-chaired the C.C. Charter Commission.
During her time as a selectman, Villa championed an additional ambulance service, which cut emergency response times considerably at no cost to taxpayers. In addition, she advocated for greater transparency and accountability in government, and fought for the creation of a finance committee, capital improvement plan, and earlier selectman agenda packets, increasing the delivery from 4 hours to one week, so selectman could research the information they would be voting on. Villa also was the creator of the privately funded Bridgton/Harrison fuel collaborative that provides heating fuel to families on a one time emergency needs basis. Villa has won numerous grants for the Town of Harrison and worked on a grant with the Town of Windham to provide bus transportation to Western Maine. As chairman of the C.C. Finance Committee Villa was the leading opponent of Civic Center Bond Referendum, citing its continued financial dependence and burden on county taxpayers, this led to her appearance on WCSH6, WGAN and Voice of the Voter. As Charter Commissioner Villa co-chaired the committee that wrote, and helped to pass via referendum the first charter in Cumberland County history. She also served as a Executive Committee Member of GPCOG, Vice-Chair of the CDBG Municipal Oversight Committee, and a Co-Chair of the C.C. Charter Commission. Since being appointed in 2004 to the to the Lake Region Transportation Coalition and the Lake Region Economic Development Council and serving on the Harrison Select Board from 2006-2012, Villa said her Commitment to the region has been one of honoring tradition, while gaining experience to help support and build the future of her region and State.
In the Legislature, Villa is focused on job creation, creating efficiencies in government and supporting veterans and senior citizens.
She has worked to pass LD 345, An Act To Ensure the Confidentiality of Concealed Weapons Permit Holder Information as well as LD 872 An Act To Improve the Quality of Guardian ad Litem Services for the Children and Families of Maine, both were signed by Governor Paul LePage. Villa also works with Maine Veterans of all ages. She helped to organize the first Honor Flight, taking 18 Maine WWII Veterans to Washington, D.C., as well as work with other Veterans on various issues, including access to health care.
Villa lives in Harrison with her daughter Taylor and has a son, Brandon Pullen, who lives in Portland. Villa is on a six month leave of absence from her position as a 26 year flight attendant with US Airways and serves as a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary.