President of the United States
On November 4th, 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama was elected the 44th and first African American President of United States. After working his way through college, Barack Obama dedicated himself to helping rebuild Chicago’s under-served communities, a commitment he continued as a community organizer after graduating Harvard Law school. In 1996 he was elected to the Illinois State Senate and then the U.S. Senate in 2004, and beginning in 2007, launched his campaign for higher office. Barack Obama’s campaign and subsequent election inspired millions of Americans to get involved in the political process, many for the first time.
He was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4th, 2008.
On November 6th, 2012 he was elected to a second term as President.
United States Senator
The only 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 and her husband Billy live in Madbury.
Governor of the State of New Hampshire
Maggie W. 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 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 elected to be the 81st Governor of New Hampshire on November 6th, 2012.
Governor Maggie Hassan was sworn in as the 81st Governor of New Hampshire on January 3rd, 2013.
Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter was first elected to Congress in 2006 and again in 2008. She served on the House Armed Services Committee during her tenure in Congress where she advocated for the needs of veterans and the needs of active duty servicemen and women.
When she was elected in 2006 she was the first woman to ever be elected to federal office from New Hampshire. Prior to running for Congress she served as the Rochester Democratic Committee Town Chair.
On November 6th, 2012 she was elected to represent the people of Congressional District 1. Congresswoman Shea-Porter was sworn into the 113th Congress on January 3rd, 2013.
Ann McLane Kuster
Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster was elected to represent the 2nd Congressional District on November 6th, 2012. She will be 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.
Colin Van Ostern
Councilor Van Ostern was elected to the New Hampshire Executive Council on November 6th, 2012 to represent District 2 which spans from Keene to Concord to Dover. Councilor Van Ostern lives in Concord with his wife Kristyn and their son Peter. Councilor Van Ostern works at the Stonyfield Yogurt company.
Councilor Christopher Pappas was elected on November 6th, 2012 to represent that 4th District which includes Manchester. A Manchester native, Councilor Pappas has served as a State Representative and as Hillsborough County Treasurer. Councilor Pappas graduated from Manchester’s Central High School and from Harvard University. Councilor Pappas is co-owner of his family’s restaurant in Manchester, the Puritan Backroom.
Councilor Pignatelli was elected on November 6th, 2012 to represent the 5th Executive Council District which includes Nashua. She held this seat between 2003 and 2011. Prior to being elected to the Executive Councilor, she served as a State Senator representing her home city of Nashua.
Senate Democratic Leader
Sylvia B. Larsen
Sen. Larsen has been serving in the State Senate for seven terms. Between 2006-2010 she served as President of the Senate.
Sen. Larsen served for 10 years as the Senate’s representative to the New Hampshire Children’s Trust Fund and the Healthy Kids Corporation. She currently serves on the Capital Budget, Executive Departments & Administration, and Internal Affairs Committees as she represents the 15th District (Concord, Hopkinton and Pembroke).
Speaker of the House
Speaker Norelli is currently in her eight term as a representative from Rockingham District 16 which includes Portsmouth and Newington. Between 2006-2010 she served as Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Speaker Norelli also serves as the President of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Democratic National Committee Chair
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was elected Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee on May 4th, 2011. Prior to being elected Chair, Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz served as a Vice Chair of the DNC with Chairman Buckley. During her election on May 4th, 2011 NHDP Chairman and DNC Vice Chair Ray Buckley officially nominated Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz to be the Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz currently represents Florida’s 20th Congressional District.