Sharon Anglin Treat is a lawyer and public policy analyst. Current work focuses on the intersection of environmental, food and public health policy and international trade agreements. Recent papers include “Preempting the Public Interest” for the Center for International Environmental Law on U.S. states’ chemical and pesticide laws and regulations, and a paper for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy on state-level food labeling laws.
A former Maine legislator, Treat served 11 terms and held leadership positions including Senate Majority Leader, and chaired committees in both the House and Senate including the Joint Standing Committees on Judiciary; Environment and Natural Resources; Insurance and Financial Services; and Health and Human Services.
A member of the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee (IGPAC) to the U.S. Trade Representative and of the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission, Treat has presented many times to trade negotiators concerning access to health care, tobacco policy, and environmental protections. She authored Maine Public Law Ch. 385 (2009), “An Act To Require Legislative Consultation and Approval Prior to Committing the State to Binding International Trade Agreements.”
Treat has practiced law with environmental organizations, in state government and in private practice, and taught environmental law at Maine Law School and several colleges. She was coordinator of the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College from 2000-2004, and from 2004-2014 was Executive Director of the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices. Treat has an A. B. degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law Center.