Keith Herrick has served as a government affairs specialist for more than 10 years. Prior to joining Dirigo, Keith was a Sr. Government Affairs Specialist with Maine Street Solutions the lobbying arm of Verrill Dana, and held various positions in Republican politics, including as a legislative aide to the Senate Republicans, Campaign Director for the Maine House Republicans, Political Director for the Maine Senate Republican Majority PAC, and Campaign Manager for both the Mason for Governor campaign and the Courtney for Congress campaign.
During the 2020 cycle, Keith served as the Campaign Manager for the Dale Crafts for Congress campaign, which was one of the NRCC’s top 5 congressional races. In addition, Keith has served as a political advisor to various state legislative campaigns, congressional campaigns, and political action committees.
At Dirigo, Keith utilizes his vast experience to lead our grassroots and grasstops advocacy, coalition building, public affairs, data collection, and social media ad campaigns, as well as, designing and implementing our lobbying efforts.
At the State House, Keith focuses on healthcare policy, workforce development, telecommunications, the medical and recreational marijuana industry, beverage container recycling, education, and the budget process to include state bonding efforts.
In his spare time, Keith serves as a Munitions’ Systems Specialist in the Maine Air National Guard in Bangor. Throughout his career, Keith has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal twice and was honored as the 439th Airlift Wing’s Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter.
In addition, Keith is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and often volunteers in his community as a coach for youth and high school basketball.
Keith grew up in Windham, Maine, and he currently resides in West Gardiner with his wife, Leslie, and his two sons, Maddox and Emmett.
Fun Fact: Keith is an avid golfer and known for using his 5 wood - all the time - and when we say wood - we mean 1992 real wood.