OUR OFFICERS

Chairman Raymond Buckley

Raymond Buckley was elected as Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party in March of 2007. He is
currently serving in his 7th two-year term. Prior to serving as Chair he served 4 terms as the Party’s 1st
Vice Chair and Executive Director. He first started volunteering at age 8 but his professional political
involvement began when he was a teenage organizer for Jimmy Carter’s campaign for President in 1976.
Since then he has been involved with each Presidential campaign in New Hampshire as well as
campaigns for Governor, US House, US Senate and other state and local races. He has led both the NH
Senate and House Democratic Caucuses. In 1986 he was elected to the State House from Manchester
where he served eight terms representing south Manchester. He served in the leadership of the House
Democrats for a decade. He also served as a city alderman.

In January of 2009, Chairman Buckley was elected the President of the Association of State Democratic
Chairs. He served for 4 two-year terms. He has served 21 years on the Democratic National Committee
including 8 years as a DNC Vice Chair, 8 years on the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee and 19 years on
the DNC Executive Committee. He has served as a member of the NH delegation to 9 national
conventions, 3 times as the state delegation chair. Buckley has served as a member of the NH
Democratic State Committee for 42 years, 8 years as a county chair and 9 years as Manchester City
Chair.

​As a national leader in the LGBT community, Chairman Buckley serves on the DNC’s LGBT Caucus and
was a leader of the National Stonewall Democrats. Buckley is the first openly gay politician to serve as
the President of the ASDC and as a Vice Chair of the DNC. Buckley was born in NH in 1959 and can trace
his NH roots to 1635. He has 8 younger siblings, 14 nieces and nephews along with 10 grand nieces and
nephews.

1st Vice Chair Martha Fuller Clark

Martha Fuller Clark was elected as the 1st Vice Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party in March of 2007. Martha and her husband, Dr. Jeff Clark, both reside in Portsmouth where she has represented the residents of Portsmouth as a State Representative (1990-2002) and as a State Senator (2004-2010). In 2002 she was the 1st Congressional District Democratic Nominee. During her service in the NH State Senate she served as President Pro-Tem and Chaired the Senate Energy, Environment and Economic Development Committees.

Senator Fuller Clark has served as the former President of the Board Strawbery Banke, as an adviser to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is the past President of Scenic America.

In 2007 Senator Fuller Clark became one of then-Senator Obama’s Co-Chairs for his campaign for President in New Hampshire. She is a member of the Democratic National Committee where she serves on the Resolutions Committee.

Senator Fuller Clark was elected to the NH State Senate on November 6th, 2012.

2nd Vice Chair Bette Lasky

Bette Lasky is currently serving in her first term as the 2 nd Vice Chair. Previously Senator Lasky served 3
terms as NHDP Secretary and 3 terms as NHDP Rules Committee Chair. She served as a delegate to the
2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions. She served as Vice Chair of the Nashua City Democrats
for 8 years.


Bette Lasky represented Nashua for four terms in the NH State Senate and five terms in the NH House.
In the senate she served as Chair of the Election Law Committee. In the House she served as Assistant
Majority Leader. She served on the Nashua Planning Board for 17 years, 10 years as its Chair.

Find Senator Bette Lasky on Twitter: @BetteLasky

Secretary Maitri Chittidi

Maitri Chittidi was elected Secretary of the NHDP on March 25, 2017. She graduated from Bates College this past May with a degree in Politics and wrote her senior thesis on New Hampshire women in politics. Maitri was awarded the 2017 NH Young Democrats’ J.F.K. “Young Democrat of the Year” Award and currently serves as the organization’s fundraising coordinator.

Maitri first became politically active in 2012 as a youth coordinator and trained volunteers for canvasses for President Obama’s re-election campaign. She remained active in Nashua Democratic politics and campaigned for several candidates including Mayor Jim Donchess, State Senator Peggy Gilmour, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Treasurer Brian Rapp

Brian Rapp was elected Treasurer August 9th, 2012. Brian is the former Chair of the Claremont School Board and is a professional Fire Fighter. On March 9th, 2013 Brian was elected to a full term as Treasurer. 

He lives in Claremont with his wife and two sons.

Legal Counsel William Christie

William Christie was elected the Legal Counsel for the NHDP on March 25, 2017.

He is a graduate of Boston College Law School and is an attorney at Shaheen & Gordon PA. William served as the NH National Litigation Counsel to President Barack Obama’s campaign in 2012.

DNC Committee Member Kathy Sullivan

Kathy Sullivan has served as the NHDP DNC Committee member since 2008. Her current term expires in 2020. She is a former member of the DNC Credentials Committee and a current member of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee.

From 1999 to 2007, Kathy was the New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair. In 2007 she was the Chairwoman of the Draft Jeanne Shaheen for Senate Committee and was Co-Chair of Hillary Clinton’s New Hampshire presidential primary campaign in 2008.  She also served as a Co-Chair of the 2012 Maggie Hassan for Governor campaign. In addition, she has been a member of numerous boards and commissions.  

Kathy is an attorney with the Wadleigh, Starr & Peters law firm.  She also writes a regular column for the Union Leader.

Kathy and her husband, John Rist, reside in Manchester.

DNC Committee Member William Shaheen

Attorney William Shaheen currently is serving as the NH DNC Committee member. Mr. Shaheen has long been active in New Hampshire politics including being Chair of the 1976 NH for Jimmy Carter Campaign. Mr. Shaheen also served as the Chair for Al Gore's (2000) and John Kerry's (2004) successful Primary bids.

In 1977, President Carter asked him to serve as U.S. Attorney for the State of New Hampshire and he held that position for four years. After that, in 1981, he opened his new practice with Steve Gordon and they have been partners ever since. Also in that same year, Governor Gallen appointed Bill to be the District Court Judge for the Durham District Court.

DNC At-Large Member Joanne Dowdell

Joanne Dowdell was appointed in 2009 as an At-Large member of the Democratic National Committee
by then DNC Chair Tim Kaine at the request of President Barack Obama. She was reappointed in 2013
by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and 2017 by DNC Chair Tom Perez. Prior to serving in this role
she was elected Secretary of the NH Democratic Party. In 2012 Joanne was a candidate for congress in
New Hampshire’s first congressional district.


Joanne served as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2008 for President Obama and as
an automatic delegate in 2012 and 2016. Joanne also served as one of NH's Presidential electors in 2012.
Joanne was the first African American officer of the NHDP and DNC member from NH. She was the first
African American Presidential Elector from NH in history.

Find Joanne on Twitter: @JoanneDowdell

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