Dennis Violette was born on May 22, 1947 and raised in Van Buren, Maine in a bilingual family. His parent’s were Elmer Hector Violette and Marcella (Belanger) Violette. He has a brother, Paul. He attended the seminary for 2 years of college, then decided to switch his course of study and graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Political Science. He works for a land management company in Bangor, Maine.
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