Meet the Mayor July 11
Mayor Brennan hosts public meeting to hear from constituents.
Mayor Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Overturn DOMA
Mayor joins other leaders in voicing support of today’s decision.
Mayor Brennan Applauds Portland Police Officers for Commitment to the Community
In honor of Peace Officer’s Memorial Day, Mayor pays tribute to the service of local police.
School Construction Bill Would Allow Communities to Keep their Place in Line
Mayor Brennan to testify tomorrow in support of bill that would remove penalties for communities that take steps to address deteriorating school conditions.
Mayor Call-In Program Highlight Sustainable Food Initiatives
Program features Mayor’s Initiatives for Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems.
Mayor Joins Discussion on Health Care April 23
Community event features discussion of health care and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bill Seeks to Level the Playing Field for Maine Fishermen
Mayor Brennan to testify Monday in support of bill to allow for the sale of lobsters incidentally caught by fishermen.
Portland Mayor Brennan Joins National Call to Demand Action to End Gun Violence
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.
Mayor Brennan Asks Attorney General to Conduct a Formal Review of Baxter Academy
Portland Mayor requests a review of the management and application process for charter school.
Mayor Brennan Launches Portland ConnectED Monday
Initiative unites diverse group in promise to create pathways to success from cradle to career for all Portland students and residents.
Mayor Brennan and Mayors’ Coalition Call for Changes to School Construction Policies
Mayors advocate for legislation to meet school construction needs.
Mayor Brennan Applauds President Obama’s Call for a Vote on Common Sense Gun Regulations
Portland Mayor calls on Congress to vote on proposals to reduce gun violence.
Mayor Delivers State of the City January 28
City address to highlight recent accomplishments and vision for the future.
Mayor Brennan Statement of Support for President’s Common Sense Proposals
Portland Mayor calls on Congress to take quick action to reduce gun violence.
Mayor Meets with Welcoming Immigrants Network Tonight
Meeting presents opportunity for Mayor and new members of the community to share ideas.
Mayor Brennan, Law Enforcement Officials, and Survivors Demand Action from Washington to End Gun Violence
One Month Since Newtown Massacre, Portland Leaders Endorse Common-Sense Gun Reforms and Release New Television Ad Featuring Family Members of Gun Violence Victims.
Portland Mayor Brennan, Law Enforcement Officials and Survivors to Demand Action from Political Leaders to Reduce Gun Violence
One Month Since Newtown, Portland Leaders to Endorse Common-Sense Gun Reforms and Release New Television Ad Featuring Family Members of Gun Violence Victims
City Council Supports Study for Transit Link to L/A
Council unanimously approves resolution at last night’s meeting.
Colder Classrooms, Student Services Cuts and Possible Layoffs Part of Curtailment Package
Mayor calls for education funding to be a priority, schools can’t afford another hit.
Mayor Meets with Nova Scotia Officials to Discuss Ferry Service
Officials work together in effort to restore ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland.
Mayor Brennan Calls for Sensible Gun Laws
Portland Mayor joins Mayors from across the nation in appeal to Congress to address gun violence.
Ride, Bike, Walk, Drive on Complete Streets
City Council adopts transportation policy that balances the needs of all users.
Paving a New Road for Growth
Construction begins for Portland Technology Park designed to help grow the city’s bio tech economy.
Mayor Declares Today Malala Yousafzai Day
In recognition of her bravery and courage, Portland honors fourteen year-old girl for her fight for girls’ education
Portland Mayor Leads Metro Call with White House Office
City Mayors share thoughts and raise concerns over federal policies.
Maine Mayors Ask Sebelius to End Debate Over Maintenance of Effort
Local leaders say Supreme Court decision does not change MOE requirement for Medicaid coverage.
Mayor Brennan to Present Shucks Golden Buoy to Winner of Maine Lobster World Series
Chefs from around the world compete to create dish featuring local lobsters.
Mayor Hosts Meet and Greet on Peaks Island
Peaks residents invited to share their thoughts with Mayor Brennan August 10.
Portland the Best City for a Second Act
Kiplinger Magazine names Portland the best city in the country for the young at heart.
Mayor Brennan Meets with Seeds of Peace Participants
Brennan meets with 35 artists from nine countries today at MECA.
Mayor Brennan Joins USDA Official in Effort to Combat Hunger
With USDA Under Secretary Concannon, Brennan speaks of importance of food security.
Portland Named One of America’s Best Cities for Families
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.
Mayor Brennan to Commemorate 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812
Wreath laying ceremony to be held at 1812 Cemetery.
Mayor Brennan Applauds Maine Senators for Upholding Strong Mercury Protections
Portland Mayor joined other mayors from across the country in calling for greater protection from toxic pollution.
Mayor Brennan Voices Concerns over Proposed Turnpike Rate Increases
Citing potential negative economic and traffic impacts, Brennan calls for greater analysis.
Portland Mayor Opposes Local Charter School Application
Citing the financial impact to the city’s schools, Brennan urges state commission to reject application
Mayor Brennan Unveils Economic Development Initiatives
Business visitation, job creation and streamlining of city operations cornerstones to grow plans.
Mayor Brennan Voices Concern over Cuts to Fund for a Healthy Maine
Budget proposal calls for cuts of at least $250,000 to city health promotion and disease prevention programs.
Portland Tops the Charts
Travel & Leisure and GoLocal of Providence RI give Portland top marks for its hip factor and quality of life.
Portland Named One of America’s Greenest Cities
Travel & Leisure ranks Portland #7 crediting parks, farm-to-table restaurants and pedestrian friendliness.
Mayor Opposes Proposed Changes to General Assistance Program
Proposals represent significant cost shift to Portland tax payer and jeopardizes critical safety new program.
Forbes Names Portland Area One of Best Cities for Jobs this Spring
Portland, South Portland and Biddeford area makes top ten list for employment opportunity.
Mayor Brennan Stands Up for Marriage
Portland Mayor joins Mayors from across the nation in support of the freedom to marry.
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
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.