Nathan Carlow is a lifelong Mainer, a proud educator, and the youngest member of the Maine House of Representatives. His youth and independence make him an effective lawmaker, and a fervent advocate of the people in his House District.
In addition to his legislative duties, Nathan is serving his fourth year on the Bonny Eagle school board, and was elected by his fellow members as the Chairman Board’s Policy Committee. His dedication and work-ethic as a Board member has been noted by both current and former colleagues, and he’s well-known across the school district for his common-sense and down-to-earth attitude. As a state representative, his community has benefited from his level-headedness and willingness to work across the aisle.
Tragically, when he was only 11-months of age, Nathan’s dad, Michael, committed suicide. His mom eventually remarried, but the struggles his family experienced in the aftermath of this devastating loss had a profound impact on his outlook on life, family, and politics. He, like his dad, believes in doing the right thing for the right reasons, even when it may be unpopular.
His mother, Michele, is a nurse in Portland, and his step-father, Pete, works as a delivery man in Southern Maine. Both his parents instilled in him the values of hard-work, integrity, and a genuine love of Maine and his community. These are treasured lessons he has carried with him to the Legislature, and ones he enjoys sharing with other young people who meet with him.
As a freshmen legislator, Nathan was appointed to one of the Legislature’s most consequential committees: Energy, Utilities, and Technology. Few other committees have as much an impact on people’s daily life as this one, and in his position, he’s focused on promoting a clean environment, ensuring affordable rates, and demanding reliable service for Maine people and businesses. Broadband is also among Representative Carlow’s foremost priorities, and within weeks of starting his first term, he co-sponsored legislation that would promote broadband development in rural parts of Maine.
Nathan was born May 18, 1999, a graduate Bonny Eagle High School, and is the youngest legislator ever elected in Maine history.