Rick Bennett, a Maine native, is currently Chairman of the Maine Republican Party and Vice Chairman of GMI Ratings, a globally recognized investment research firm headquartered in Portland, Maine, with offices in New York, Los Angeles and London. For the last twelve years, Rick has also served on the board of directors of GWI, the 60-plus-person telecom company and internet service provider based in Biddeford, Maine, where he has helped that business adapt and grow in a volatile, fast-moving market.
Throughout his earlier 12 years of public service, Rick was a reformer and staunch advocate for fiscal discipline, balanced budgets, restraints on borrowing, term limits, and governmental accountability. A former President of the Maine Senate, Rick represented western Maine for four terms in the Maine Senate, from 1996 to 2004. From 1990 to 1994 he served two terms in the Maine House of Representatives. In 1994 he won a four-way primary to become the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Maine’s second district.
Rick was elected Chairman of the Maine Republican Party in July 2013. He has a long and dedicated history in the GOP, including roles as Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Executive Director of the Maine Republican Party. He was elected to a four-year term as Maine’s Republican National Committeeman in May 2008. He has twice served as Chairman of the Maine Republican State Convention, and he has worked on numerous campaigns beginning with President Reagan’s re-election in 1984 to many others at the state and local levels.
As a business leader, Rick has received many recognitions from around the globe. In December 2010 Rick Bennett was named by Global Proxy Watch as one of the “10 people around the world who had the most impact of corporate governance in the previous year”. And since 2008 he has been recognized annually by Directorship magazine in its list of the 100 “most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom.” Rick’s work has been cited in numerous publications including Business Week, USA Today, Fortune, The Daily Deal, Barron’s and The Wall Street Journal. Rick has spoken publicly about corporate accountability issues at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Columbia University, the USC Marshall School of Business and The Conference Board, among other institutions. Additionally, Rick is a non-executive director of Trucost plc, an environmental data firm, and since 2009 he has been annually elected to the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network.
Since completing his public service, Rick served for several years on the board of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, and since 2010 Rick has been a trustee of Hebron Academy. In 2005 Rick was appointed by President Bush to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, on which he served until 2009. He is a fellow with the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program, was delegate to the 1996, 2004 and 2008 Republican National Conventions, and participated as an observer to the national election in Macedonia in 2002.
Rick received his B.A. with honors from Harvard University in 1986 and his M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine in 2000. At home, he farms Christmas trees, and enjoys long-distance running, having completed six marathons and two ultramarathons. He lives in Oxford, Maine, with his wife Karen and two teenage children, Abby and Nathaniel, and one dog, two cats and two horses.