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James Cote

Government and Public Affairs Consultant

Meet James, Republican lobbyist, pragmatic fixer-of-problems, and Maine outdoor hero.

James Cote


207 629-6216 direct
207 623-1596 main
207 626-0200 facsimile

45 Memorial Circle
PO Box 5057
Augusta, ME 04332

Government and Public Affairs Practice Group


Here’s why you’ll enjoy working with him.

Whether you are lost in the Maine woods, lost in the crowded halls of the Maine Legislature, or bogged down in a regulatory swamp, James can show you the way to get where you want to go.

One of the most effective lobbyists in Augusta, James combines his passions with his profession. An avid outdoorsman, he’s an expert on Maine’s natural resources and a strong advocate for conservation. He’s also one of the foremost experts in the state on energy and utility policy and the complex issues facing an industry trying to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing – and electrifying – world.

A Republican with strong connections on both sides of the political aisle, James is respected for his straight talk, his hard work, and his ability to bring people together for commonsense solutions. He translates your ideas into solutions.

James recently completed a three-year term on the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission. Appointed by Governor Janet Mills and unanimously confirmed by the Maine Senate, James helped Maine to successfully navigate a historic time in tribal-state relations.

A conservationist, hunter, and fisherman, James put his political skills to work in 2014 when he led a broad coalition to victory against a ballot initiative that would have ended Maine’s successful policies around bear hunting, threatened Maine’s leading bear conservation programs, and cost hundreds of Maine guides their livelihoods.

James is a good friend to have, in part because of the good friends he has. He’s a trusted confidant for political leaders of all political stripes and someone who is counted on to tell the hard truth and solve tough problems.

Simply put, there’s no better guide to have – whether you want to conserve critical wildlife habitats or create a 21st century power grid.

In his former life, James was:

  • President and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors of Maine
  • Director of Communications and Government Relations for the Maine Forest Products Council
  • Owner and operator of his own consulting firm

When James isn’t working, he is…

Enjoying the Maine outdoors: fly fishing, skiing, hunting, or golfing.