Estelle Lavoie was born in Lewiston, Maine on November 23, 1949 and grew up in Lewiston, the youngest of three children. Her father worked as a building contractor until his death in 1964, after which, her mother worked part-time as a bank teller. She attended St. Peter’s elementary school, Jordan Junior High School, Lewiston High School. She attended Bates College (class of 1971) while living at home, spending her junior year studying in Switzerland. At the end of 1972, she went to work for Governor Ken Curtis. By September of 1973, she had been hired as part of Ed Muskie’s staff, working as a caseworker, and eventual his Legislative Assistant. She attended law school at American University from 1978 to 1981, and remained on staff when Mitchell took over until the fall of 1983. She joined the law firm of Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, in June 1984. Her practice has evolved from health law to other political practice issues. She served on the Democratic State Committee from 1986 to 1990, and was a 1988 delegate to the National Convention.
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