Barbara (McKnight) Trafton was born May 22, 1949 in Rumford, Maine. She graduated from Wellesley College in the class of 1971, then attended University of Southern Maine and earned a Masters in Education and Northeastern for a Masters of Business Administration. She has served in the state house and state senate for two terms and has been a member of the following committees: Joint Committee, Energy Health and Institutional Services in the House; Joint Committees in the Senate: Judiciary and Public Utilities. She was spokesperson for Maine Turnpike widening in 1991, and is on the Board of the Maine Audubon Society, chairman of legislative policy committee, the Board of Trustees, Maine Maritime Academy, and the Review Committee for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Her mother, Frances McKnight, and her husband, Richard Trafton, were also interviewed for this project.
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Richard, Mike, "Trafton, Barbara McKnight oral history interview" (1999). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 388.