Former House Speaker Pingree tapped to head Office of Policy Management

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - Governor Mills has picked former House Speaker Hannah Pingree to head up the Office of Policy Management.

She'll be tasked with laying the groundwork to transition that office into the Office of Innovation and the Future.

That will focus on long-term policy strategies on issues such as health care, climate change, and workforce development.

Pingree says she's up for the challenge.

"I am truly hopeful for what this new administration can do together to build a brighter future for all of our kids," said Pingree. "I believe the Office of Innovation and the Future's chief charge is to support the ideas and the sustained implementation to help make that bright future possible."

Pingree assumed her new role immediately.