Title: State Representative, State Senator, Educator
Location: Frenchville, Maine, United States
Judy A. Paradis, State Representative, State Senator, and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in government services.
Growing up during the Vietnam War, Ms. Paradis saw the effects of war and poverty firsthand and knew that something had to be done. She decided that the best way for her to help was to pursue politics, and was thrilled when she was elected to serve in the Maine House of Representatives in 1986. She remained with the institution until 1992, when she became a member of the Maine Senate. Although Ms. Paradis left office in 1994, she remained involved as a co-host of the Maine Democratic Convention, the co-president of the State Franco-American Conseil, and a member of the Maine Women’s Lobby.
Some of the highlights of Ms. Paradis’s career were passing legislation that would help children get health insurance in school, paid for by the federal government, and going to Haiti on a mission trip. She was also proud of her work on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee of the Maine House of Representatives, as a ranking member of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, and as the chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Another notable achievement was receiving the Toll Fellowship from the National Council of State Legislatures.
Outside of government and law, Ms. Paradis garnered experience as a columnist for the St. John Valley Times, as the author of “The Silent Playground,” and as the editor of the first edition of “Voyages: A Maine Franco-American Reader.” Additionally, she was a French teacher at Wisdom Middle School and Madawaska High School.
Ms. Paradis prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Science in French from the University of Maine, where she also completed postgraduate studies. To keep in touch with her peers and community, she joined prominent organizations like the American Association of University Women, the Business and Professional Women’s Club, and the John Valley Historical Association.
In recognition of her efforts, Ms. Paradis was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in 2005 and won the Distinguished Legislator Award in 1990. Her achievements were listed in many volumes of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Politics, and Who’s Who in the East.
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