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Senator Collins’ Statement on Retirement of Maine Chamber President and CEO Dana Connors

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued this statement following the announcement by Maine State Chamber President and CEO Dana Connors that he plans to retire at the end of 2022.


“Over his decades of exemplary service to Maine, Dana Connors has worked tirelessly to make our state a better place to create jobs, grow a business, and raise a family,” said Senator Collins.  “I first met Dana, a fellow native of Aroostook County, when he was Presque Isle’s city manager.  Later on, I served alongside him for five years as a member of Governor McKernan’s cabinet when he so ably led the Department of Transportation.”


“Dana has drawn on his extensive experience in local and state governments to provide expert leadership to the Maine Chamber and ensure the organization remains a clarion voice for Maine’s business community,” Senator Collins continued.  “He has championed policies that have strengthened our economy and created good-paying jobs.  When the unprecedented COVID-19 public health and economic crisis struck our state in 2020, Dana responded rapidly to assist countless Mainers who were at risk of losing businesses they had built over a lifetime.  I will always be grateful for Dana’s invaluable insight as I worked to co-author the Paycheck Protection Program.  I wish my friend Dana and his family all the best on the next chapter when he retires from the Maine Chamber at the end of the year.”