John C. Orestis was born March 8, 1943 in Lewiston, Maine. He attended Lewiston schools, Georgetown University and American University Law School. John served in the 105th Maine legislature, 1971-1972. He was involved with Model Cities and was Committee Chair of the task force on Housing, National League of Cities (Board of Directors); budget and audit committee; president of the Maine Municipal Association in 1975; corporation counsel for mayors Beliveau and Clifford, and mayor of Lewiston from 1973-1976. He practiced law 1968- 1986, and then began a nursing home business.
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