Walter E. Whitcomb is the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for the LePage Administration.
Commissioner Whitcomb is the co-owner of Springdale Jerseys, a 400-head dairy farm located in Waldo. The family farm sells milk to Maine processors and registered cattle to buyers nationwide. Started in 1951, the farm is now operated by his mother, Lois, and two daughters, Carrie and Holly.
Prior to joining Governor LePage's cabinet, Commissioner Whitcomb volunteered with the Maine Dairy Industry Association (MDIA), serving as president, and as the MDIA Federal Policy Advisor. He served as chairman of the Maine Farm Service Agency, USDA, and chaired U.S. Senator Collins' and U.S. Senator Snowes selection committee for federal agricultural and Small Business Administration appointments.
From 1984 to 1996, Commissioner Whitcomb served in the Maine House of Representatives and was a member on the Agriculture Committee, Taxation Committee. He was elected Republican House leader from 1990 to 1996.