James Cote was appointed by Governor Janet Mills to the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission in 2019.
James works for Bernstein Shur as a political consultant and government relations specialist. Prior to his work for Bernstein Shur, James was Director of Government Relations and Communications for the Maine Forest Products Council, President & CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Maine, and operated his own consulting company, JM Cote Company.
James has focused a great deal of his professional work on energy policy and natural resources. As an advocate for hunters, anglers, and trappers, James has worked on a variety of fish and wildlife regulatory issues, including leading the historic NO on 1 campaign in 2014 which defended Maine’s bear hunting management programs.
As a prominent Maine political advocate, James has worked on many of Maine’s largest and most complicated projects and policy issues in recent history, and is recognized as someone that can work with a wide range of stakeholders.
James enjoys hunting, fly fishing, skiing, and golf. He lives in Farmington with his wife Bethany, and two sons, Harrison and Emmett.