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Meet the Mayor July 11  (7/2/2013)
Mayor Brennan hosts public meeting to hear from constituents. More

Mayor Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Overturn DOMA  (6/26/2013)
Mayor joins other leaders in voicing support of today’s decision. More

Mayor Brennan Applauds Portland Police Officers for Commitment to the Community  (5/16/2013)
In honor of Peace Officer’s Memorial Day, Mayor pays tribute to the service of local police. More

School Construction Bill Would Allow Communities to Keep their Place in Line  (5/8/2013)
Mayor Brennan to testify tomorrow in support of bill that would remove penalties for communities that take steps to address deteriorating school conditions. More

Mayor Call-In Program Highlight Sustainable Food Initiatives  (5/1/2013)
Program features Mayor’s Initiatives for Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems. More

Mayor Joins Discussion on Health Care April 23  (4/22/2013)
Community event features discussion of health care and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. More

Bill Seeks to Level the Playing Field for Maine Fishermen  (4/8/2013)
Mayor Brennan to testify Monday in support of bill to allow for the sale of lobsters incidentally caught by fishermen. More

Portland Mayor Brennan Joins National Call to Demand Action to End Gun Violence  (3/27/2013)
Mayors Against Illegal Guns today announced that Americans will gather at more than 100 events across the country tomorrow as part of the National Day to Demand Action to end gun violence. More

Mayor Brennan Asks Attorney General to Conduct a Formal Review of Baxter Academy  (3/22/2013)
Portland Mayor requests a review of the management and application process for charter school. More

Mayor Brennan Launches Portland ConnectED Monday  (2/25/2013)
Initiative unites diverse group in promise to create pathways to success from cradle to career for all Portland students and residents. More

Mayor Brennan and Mayors’ Coalition Call for Changes to School Construction Policies   (2/13/2013)
Mayors advocate for legislation to meet school construction needs. More

Mayor Brennan Applauds President Obama’s Call for a Vote on Common Sense Gun Regulations  (2/13/2013)
Portland Mayor calls on Congress to vote on proposals to reduce gun violence. More

Mayor Delivers State of the City January 28  (1/23/2013)
City address to highlight recent accomplishments and vision for the future. More

Mayor Brennan Statement of Support for President’s Common Sense Proposals  (1/16/2013)
Portland Mayor calls on Congress to take quick action to reduce gun violence. More

Mayor Meets with Welcoming Immigrants Network Tonight  (1/16/2013)
Meeting presents opportunity for Mayor and new members of the community to share ideas. More

Mayor Brennan, Law Enforcement Officials, and Survivors Demand Action from Washington to End Gun Violence  (1/14/2013)
One Month Since Newtown Massacre, Portland Leaders Endorse Common-Sense Gun Reforms and Release New Television Ad Featuring Family Members of Gun Violence Victims. More

Portland Mayor Brennan, Law Enforcement Officials and Survivors to Demand Action from Political Leaders to Reduce Gun Violence  (1/11/2013)
One Month Since Newtown, Portland Leaders to Endorse Common-Sense Gun Reforms and Release New Television Ad Featuring Family Members of Gun Violence Victims More

City Council Supports Study for Transit Link to L/A  (1/8/2013)
Council unanimously approves resolution at last night’s meeting. More

Colder Classrooms, Student Services Cuts and Possible Layoffs Part of Curtailment Package  (1/7/2013)
Mayor calls for education funding to be a priority, schools can’t afford another hit. More

Mayor Meets with Nova Scotia Officials to Discuss Ferry Service  (12/21/2012)
Officials work together in effort to restore ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland. More

Mayor Brennan Calls for Sensible Gun Laws  (12/20/2012)
Portland Mayor joins Mayors from across the nation in appeal to Congress to address gun violence. More

Ride, Bike, Walk, Drive on Complete Streets  (12/18/2012)
City Council adopts transportation policy that balances the needs of all users. More

Paving a New Road for Growth  (12/6/2012)
Construction begins for Portland Technology Park designed to help grow the city’s bio tech economy. More

Mayor Declares Today Malala Yousafzai Day  (10/17/2012)
In recognition of her bravery and courage, Portland honors fourteen year-old girl for her fight for girls’ education More

Portland Mayor Leads Metro Call with White House Office  (9/10/2012)
City Mayors share thoughts and raise concerns over federal policies. More

Maine Mayors Ask Sebelius to End Debate Over Maintenance of Effort  (8/24/2012)
Local leaders say Supreme Court decision does not change MOE requirement for Medicaid coverage. More

Mayor Brennan to Present Shucks Golden Buoy to Winner of Maine Lobster World Series   (8/15/2012)
Chefs from around the world compete to create dish featuring local lobsters. More

Mayor Hosts Meet and Greet on Peaks Island  (8/2/2012)
Peaks residents invited to share their thoughts with Mayor Brennan August 10. More

Portland the Best City for a Second Act  (7/26/2012)
Kiplinger Magazine names Portland the best city in the country for the young at heart. More

Mayor Brennan Meets with Seeds of Peace Participants   (7/26/2012)
Brennan meets with 35 artists from nine countries today at MECA. More

Mayor Brennan Joins USDA Official in Effort to Combat Hunger  (7/24/2012)
With USDA Under Secretary Concannon, Brennan speaks of importance of food security. More

Portland Named One of America’s Best Cities for Families  (7/17/2012)
Parenting Magazine ranks Portland #3 crediting its quality education, parks and open spaces, and low crime rates as reasons to raise a family in Maine’s largest city. More

Mayor Brennan to Commemorate 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812  (7/9/2012)
Wreath laying ceremony to be held at 1812 Cemetery. More

Mayor Brennan Applauds Maine Senators for Upholding Strong Mercury Protections   (6/22/2012)
Portland Mayor joined other mayors from across the country in calling for greater protection from toxic pollution. More

Mayor Brennan Voices Concerns over Proposed Turnpike Rate Increases  (6/20/2012)
Citing potential negative economic and traffic impacts, Brennan calls for greater analysis. More

Portland Mayor Opposes Local Charter School Application  (6/18/2012)
Citing the financial impact to the city’s schools, Brennan urges state commission to reject application More

Mayor Brennan Unveils Economic Development Initiatives   (5/16/2012)
Business visitation, job creation and streamlining of city operations cornerstones to grow plans. More

Mayor Brennan Voices Concern over Cuts to Fund for a Healthy Maine  (5/14/2012)
Budget proposal calls for cuts of at least $250,000 to city health promotion and disease prevention programs. More

Portland Tops the Charts  (4/10/2012)
Travel & Leisure and GoLocal of Providence RI give Portland top marks for its hip factor and quality of life. More

Portland Named One of America’s Greenest Cities  (4/4/2012)
Travel & Leisure ranks Portland #7 crediting parks, farm-to-table restaurants and pedestrian friendliness. More

Mayor Opposes Proposed Changes to General Assistance Program  (3/21/2012)
Proposals represent significant cost shift to Portland tax payer and jeopardizes critical safety new program. More

Forbes Names Portland Area One of Best Cities for Jobs this Spring  (3/21/2012)
Portland, South Portland and Biddeford area makes top ten list for employment opportunity. More

Mayor Brennan Stands Up for Marriage  (3/19/2012)
Portland Mayor joins Mayors from across the nation in support of the freedom to marry. More


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         Michael Brennan

Michael F. Brennan, M.A., MSW, LCSW
City of Portland Mayor

Michael F. Brennan is the first popularly elected Mayor for the City of Portland in nearly nine decades. Mayor Brennan was elected November 8, 2011 and was inaugurated for a four-year term December 5, 2011. Having received more than 55% of the vote following the elimination of thirteen candidates through ranked choice voting, Mayor Brennan became the first full-time Mayor for the city following changes to the City Charter approved by the voters in November 2010. The Charter Commission amendments called for a citywide election for the City’s Mayor through ranked choice voting. Prior to these changes, the City’s Mayor was elected by and chosen from among the nine-member City Council for a one-year term.

As the city’s top elected official, Mayor Brennan has implemented several initiatives designed to encourage economic development and job creation as well as support and strengthen the city’s diverse neighborhoods. He represents the city’s interests in Augusta and Washington D.C. where he advocates for the city, its residents and businesses.

Prior to his election as Mayor, Michael served as a Policy Associate with the Cutler Institute of Child and Family Policy at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, specializing in education and health. Before joining the Cutler Institute, Brennan worked as the Director of Community Initiatives at United Way of Greater Portland, as well as for the Coastal Economic Development Corporation, and as the executive director of the Cumberland County Affordable Housing Venture.  Brennan has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of New England.

In addition to working at the Muskie School, Michael served as a State Senator in the Maine Legislature representing Portland, Falmouth and Westbrook.  Brennan was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and was elected Senate Majority Leader in 2004.  Prior to being a State Senator, he was elected to the House of Representatives for four terms between 1992 and 2000 representing Portland.  During his tenure, Michael was involved with several groundbreaking pieces of legislation including the laptop program to provide every Maine student with a computer, efforts to reduce the negative impacts of No Child Left Behind, and programs to expand healthcare access to all Mainers, a model used by other states and the nation in adopting universal healthcare.

Mayor Brennan has been a proud and active resident of the City of Portland for more than three decades. He lives in the Back Cove neighborhood with his wife.