S. Peter Mills, III was born in Farmington, Maine. After graduating with honors from Harvard College, Mr. Mills served in the Navy for five years and spent three tours in Vietnam. He returned to Maine to attend the University of Maine School of Law where he was an editor of the Maine Law Review. Peter graduated second in the Maine Law class of 1973. For the next nine years he tried major civil cases throughout Maine for a large Portland law firm.

In 1982 he joined Carl Wright in Skowhegan, where he focused on resolving a wide range of legal disputes, including personal injury, divorce and workers’ compensation claims. He has particular expertise in real estate and construction contract matters. Peter represented architects and engineers throughout the State of Maine on matters relating to the safe design of buildings and other structures.

Peter was president of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association from 1992 to 1994. In 1992 he was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. He served on the Maine Civil Rules Committee and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force, and in 1996 Senator Mills was honored as the outstanding alumnus of Maine Law School.

Peter was elected to the Maine State Senate seven times where he represented most of Somerset County. He also served in the Maine House of Representatives for one term. He has chaired the State Legislature’s Judiciary Committee and has been a member of the Tax, Labor, Judiciary, Appropriations, Insurance, Education and Human Services Committees.

The Senator serves on the boards of The Maine Childrens’ Growth Council and The Coalition for Excellence in Education. He is one of the founders of the Somerset Economic Development Corporation and a founding member of FirstPark.