The Maine Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed the nomination of acting Environmental Protection Commissioner Melanie Loyzim, who is taking the job on a permanent basis.

The confirmation was one of more than 50 nominations considered, for posts ranging from the judiciary to the Maine Turnpike Authority to the Maine Board of Education.

Loyzim has worked in a variety of roles in the DEP, including director of the Bureau of Air Quality and the Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management.

The confirmations marked the first time all senators have gathered since December. The senators met in the Maine House chamber, which is larger than the Senate chamber, to accommodate social distancing during the pandemic.

Megan Diver

Megan has worked in Maine politics for more than ten years and all of her professional career, having served in many roles for elected officials (including former Secretary of State Charlie Summers), in-house with the Maine Association of REALTORS®, legislative specialist at Pierce Atwood LLP providing lobbying services and support to Pierce Atwood’s government relations clients and most recently senior government relations specialist at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. Megan currently is the Vice President at the Maine Energy Marketers Association, utilizing her vast knowledge and legislative experience at the State House to represent MEMA on policies relating to the Association and its members.