Seth Berry served four consecutive terms in the Maine Legislature, starting in 2007 and ending as House Majority Leader in 2015. While Majority Leader he also co-chaired the Joint Select Committee on Maine’s Workforce and Economic Future, the signature bipartisan effort of the 126th Legislature. He also served as the ranking minority member on the Taxation Committee in the 125th Legislature where he advocated forcefully for equitable and fair tax policies, as Assistant Majority Leader during the 124th Legislature, and as a member of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee in the 123rd.
Since 2011, Berry has also been Vice President for Business Development of Kennebec River Biosciences in Richmond, Maine, a biotech company focused on supporting fish and shellfish health.
Majority Leader Berry holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University, Teachers College. Following his graduation from Brown in 1992, he taught for nine years in public schools in the East Harlem and Washington Heights neighborhoods of New York City. Berry then returned to his hometown of Bowdoinham in 2000 and taught for another nine years in Maine School District 75, based in Topsham.
While teaching, Leader Berry also taught graduate-level courses in education for fellow teachers, first through Lehman College in New York and later through the University of Southern Maine.
Berry’s awards as an educator include the 1999 Hexter Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Public Education Association and his teaching was featured in New York City’s Best Middle Schools (1999, Soho Press).
For his policy work in Maine, Berry is a recipient of the 2007 Clean Air Award from the Maine Lung Association and also the 2011 Prevention Award from the Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse.
Berry serves on a number of boards and advisory councils. Among these are two early childhood organizations (one regional, the other statewide), as well as the Research Reinvestment Fund advisory board for the University of Maine System. He has served on the Maine Children’s Growth Council, the Executive Council of the Maine Democratic Party, and the board of the Pineland Suzuki School. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Rep. Berry served for four years on the Bowdoinham town selectboard, including a year as its chair.
Majority Leader Berry and his wife, Adelaida Gaviria, reside in Bowdoinham with their two children, who attend the local public school, take care of their ducks and laying hens, and help to harvest the family’s crops and firewood.