Speaker Profile

Shenna Bellows

Bellows for Senate

Shenna Bellows is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Maine running against 18-year incumbent Republican Susan Collins. Shenna is best known for her tenure as Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has called her “the Elizabeth Warren of civil liberties.” Shenna has a long track record of building innovative left-right coalitions to pass groundbreaking civil rights laws. She was a leader of the 2012 Mainers United for Marriage campaign, which was one of the country’s first successful marriage equality ballot initiatives. She and her husband married in 2013, having waited until same-sex Maine couples could do the same. When Maine Republicans worked to strip voting rights, Shenna co-chaired the successful 2011 Protect Maine Votes campaign to restore same-day voter registration. Shenna has been a vocal supporter of legalizing marijuana use and raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.