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    Dad, Daughter Serving Together in Maine House, 1st On Record

    Maine's Legislature includes the state's first recorded instance of a father and daughter serving side-by-side in the same chamber.

    Republican Reps. Amy Arata and Richard Bradstreet have both begun two-year terms in the Maine House. Arata, a geneticist-turned-public servant, says she learned about perseverance and hard work from Bradstreet, a businessman who grew up on a potato farm.

    Available state records compiled by Maine's legislative library show they're the first father and daughter to serve as legislators together in Maine.

    But they're not the first pair nationwide.

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    The National Conference of State Legislatures found in 2016 at least a half-dozen fathers and daughters serving in state legislatures together.

    Of those, just one father and daughter were serving in the same chamber.

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