OUR LEADERS

United States Senators

Jeanne Shaheen

The first woman in U.S. history to be elected both a Governor and a United States Senator, Jeanne Shaheen has been committed to serving the citizens of New Hampshire for decades and is known for her common-sense leadership, hard work and dedication to improving the lives of the middle class. She has served in the United States Senate since 2009 and is a member of the Senate Committees on Appropriations, Armed Services, Foreign Relations, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

 

Jeanne Shaheen was elected as the 78th Governor of New Hampshire in 1996. She was re-elected in 1998 and in 2000. When she was elected Governor in 1996 she was the first woman to have ever been elected as Governor of the State of New Hampshire.

 

Senator Shaheen was reelected as New Hampshire’s United States Senator on November 4th, 2014. She is the first Democratic United States Senator from New Hampshire to be re-elected since 1972.

 

Senator Shaheen and her husband Billy live in Madbury.

 

Official Website

Twitter – @SenatorShaheen

Facebook – Senator Shaheen

Maggie Hassan

Maggie Hassan began her career in public service in 1999 when Governor Jeanne Shaheen asked her to serve as an advocate on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission. Her experience as an attorney along with her role as the parent of two children, one of whom has severe disabilities, enabled her to provide a unique perspective as the commission did its work.

 

In 2004, Maggie was first elected to the New Hampshire State Senate, winning one of the most competitive districts in the state. During her six years in office, she was selected by her colleagues to serve as both President Pro Tempore and Majority Leader of the State Senate.

 

Maggie Hassan was first elected to be the 81st Governor of New Hampshire on November 6th, 2012. Governor Hassan was re-elected on November 4th, 2014.

 

On November 8th, 2016, Governor Hassan was elected to serve as the next United States Senator from New Hampshire. She was sworn in as New Hampshire’s junior Senator on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017.

 

Official Website

Twitter – @SenatorHassan

Facebook – Senator Hassan

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Members of Congress

Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster was elected to represent the 2nd Congressional District on November 6th, 2012. She is the first woman to have ever been elected to represent that district in Congress. Congresswoman Kuster was sworn into the 113th Congress on January 3rd, 2013.

 

On November 4th, 2014 and November 8, 2016, Congresswoman Kuster was re-elected by the voters of the 2nd Congressional District.

 

Official Website

Twitter – @RepAnnieKuster

Facebook – Congresswoman Annie Kuster

Congressman Christopher Pappas

Chris Pappas was elected to the US Congress from NH's First Congressional District on November 6, 2018. Chris was elected on November 6th, 2012 to represent the 4th Executive Council District which includes Manchester. A Manchester native, Councilor Pappas has served as a State Representative and as Hillsborough County Treasurer. Chris graduated from Manchester’s Central High School and from Harvard University. Chris is co-owner of his family’s restaurant in Manchester, the Puritan Backroom. Councilor Pappas was re-elected to the Council on November 4th, 2014 and again on November 8th, 2016.

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Twitter: @RepChrisPappas

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Executive Councilors

Mike Cryans

Mike was elected to NH's 1st Executive Council District in 2018. Mike taught for five years at Littleton High School; a banker rising to Senior Vice President at Dartmouth Bank, Hanover; a financier and executive director of Headrest, Lebanon for 11 years. Mike also served 19 years as Grafton County Commissioner, twelve years as Chairman.  Mike served as president of the 30 member commissioner’s council.  He was selected Commissioner of the Year in 2016. He has served on numerous boards including the New England Drug Court Board.

 

Mike and his wife, Julie live in Hanover.  Their son, Connor is a senior at St. Michael’s College. Mike also has a son Cameron and two grandchildren, Gavin, age ten, and Leah, age eight, who live in Colorado. Mike’s preferred recreation is long distance running and runs 10 miles a day. He currently has a streak of 7 1/2 years without missing a day and has run over 97,000 miles over the last 27 years.  

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Facebook: Mike Cryans

Andru Volinsky

Andru Volinsky is serving his second term in office as the Executive Councilor from District Two.  Andru is a lawyer and advocate who was lead counsel in the Claremont School Funding Suit and in other noteworthy suits with public policy implications. He continues to practice law with Bernstein Shur in Manchester.  Andru and his wife, Amy, have three adult children, all of whom believe in and practice public service. When not serving on the Executive Council or practicing law, Andru has hiked all 48 of NH’s 4000 footers with Amy and they raise alpacas and chickens at their home in East Concord.

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Facebook: Andy Volinsky

Twitter: @AndruVolinsky

Debora Pignatelli

Debora first ran for public office in 1986 as a state representative and then as a state senator. She stopped the proposed Nashua tollbooths, helped bring education funding to my district, was tough on crime and soft on children. In 2004, she was elected to the Executive Council, and served 4 terms. She was elected to her current term representing the 5th Executive Council District on November 6, 2018.

Debora has lived in Nashua since 1973 with her husband, Mike. They have two sons who graduated from college after growing up in New Hampshire. Ben is married to Lizzie. They live outside Boston. Adam is married to Jessica and they are the parents of our two grandchildren. They live in Concord. 

A graduate of the University of Denver, she was the first Executive Director of the Nashua Girl's Club.

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Senate Democratic Leaders

Senate President Donna Soucy

Senator Soucy represents District 18, which is comprised of Wards 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in the City of Manchester and the Town of Litchfield. Her long record of public service includes three terms as a State Representative, two terms as a Manchester Alderman, nearly four terms on the Manchester School Board, and serving as the first female chair of the Manchester Fire Commission. Senator Soucy was elected President of the New Hampshire Senate on December 5, 2018.

Donna was named Legislator of the Year by the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (2014) and by the New Hampshire Association of Social Workers (2016). In addition to her public service, Donna is an active member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and sits on the Board of the Hellenic American University, an institution chartered in New Hampshire and located in Athens, Greece. A Manchester native, Donna is a graduate of Trinity High School and earned her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Anselm College and her Juris Doctor from the UNH School of Law.

Twitter: @DonnaSoucy

Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes

Dan serves as a State Senator for New Hampshire Senate District 15, representing the wonderful communities of Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner. Before serving in the State Senate, Dan worked for the better part of a decade as a public interest attorney for New Hampshire Legal Assistance, representing for low-to- middle  people & families, senior citizens, victims of domestic violence, and veterans. In addition to advocating in court, Dan did community organizing and policy advocacy. Dan has a law degree from the University of Iowa, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, focusing on economics and energy regulation.

In his first term in the State Senate, Dan received numerous awards for his bipartisan work on critical issues facing Granite Staters. Dan was named an Early Learning Champion in both 2015 and 2016 by Early Learning NH, for his bipartisan work on early childhood education, including full-day kindergarten. Dan received Legislator of the Year awards in 2015 from the NH Homebuilders, and in 2016 from Housing Action NH, from Ski New Hampshire, and from New Futures, with the latter awarded for his bipartisan work combatting the heroin and opioid public health crisis, including streamlining access to insurance coverage for critical drug treatment. 

Twitter: @DanFeltesNH

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House Democratic Leaders

Speaker of the House Steve Shurtleff

Speaker of the NH House Steve Shurtleff was elected by the New Hampshire House on December 5, 2018. Representative Shurtleff was born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire.  He graduated from Bishop Brady High School before attending the City College of Chicago.  Between High School and College Representative Shurtleff spent three years in the Army from 1966 to 1969 - including a year in Vietnam.  After graduating he joined the U.S. Marshals Service and retired as a Supervisory Deputy Marshal in 2000.  He was first elected to the New Hampshire House in 2004 and has served as an at-large City Councilor in Concord since 2007.

Twitter: @StephenShurtleff

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House Majority Leader Douglas Ley

House Democratic Majority Leader Douglas Ley was appointed by Speaker of the House Steve Shurtleff to serve in this role on December 5, 2018. Leader Ley was elected to the New Hampshire House in 2012, representing Cheshire 9, which includes the towns of Dublin, Harrisville, Jaffrey, and Roxbury. He serves as a Professor History at Franklin Pierce University, and is the President of the American Federation of Teachers - NH.

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