Speakers

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2016 Speakers

Governor Maggie Hassan     Councilor Chris Sununu
Councilor Colin Van Ostern        Mayor Jim Donchess 

Hassan

Governor Maggie Hassan was sworn in as the 81st Governor of New Hampshire on January 3, 2013. Now in her second term, Governor Hassan is focused on bringing people together to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire, with more good jobs that can support a growing middle class and where all of our citizens are included in our shared success and prosperity.

Working with legislators from both parties, the Governor successfully led efforts to develop and pass a fiscally responsible, balanced budget that protects New Hampshire’s priorities, without an income or sales tax. She has moved forward with implementing her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, seeking to build the best workforce in the country and strengthen the economy by freezing in-state tuition at public colleges and universities and restoring scholarship funding, doubling and making permanent the state’s research and development tax credit, and providing businesses with technical assistance to help them create jobs.

Governor Hassan also worked across party lines to enact a bipartisan plan that expands access to health coverage to as many as 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters, the most significant piece of health care legislation that the State of New Hampshire has seen in decades. The bipartisan health care expansion plan is a fiscally responsible, uniquely New Hampshire solution that will boost the state’s economy, reduce cost-shifting on businesses, and improve the health and economic security of working families. Recognizing that a modern, safe transportation infrastructure is critical for New Hampshire’s businesses and commuters, Governor Hassan signed a bipartisan transportation funding bill, a measure supported by the business community that invests in road and bridge projects across the state – including finishing the expansion of I-93.

And the Governor has worked to maintain New Hampshire’s high quality of life as one of the safest, healthiest and most livable states in the nation. Governor Hassan successfully worked to invest in a stronger mental health system, put more State Troopers on the road, restore the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program, increase funds for services for people with acquired brain disorders and developmental disabilities, and restore funding for the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). Known for her ability to bring people together to find common ground, Governor Hassan helped secure the most bipartisan budget vote in over a decade, following through on her pledge to restore the New Hampshire tradition of commonsense problem-solving in Concord.

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

In 2004, Governor Hassan was first elected to the New Hampshire Senate, serving the people of the 23rd District, which included numerous Seacoast towns. 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.

As a leader in the Senate, she helped pass universal kindergarten so that every child has the same opportunity to succeed; helped lower the state’s dropout rate by increasing the legal dropout age to 18 and establishing alternative education programs; worked to pass New Hampshire Working, a nationally recognized effort to help businesses and workers during the recession; sponsored the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to reduce long-term energy costs, curb pollution, and create jobs; and was instrumental in passing marriage equality in New Hampshire.

The Governor earned her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from the Northeastern School of Law. Governor Hassan and her husband, Tom, the former principal of Phillips Exeter Academy, are the proud parents of two children, Ben (27) and Meg (22). They live in Newfields along with the family dog, Honey Mae.

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Chris Sununu

Chris Sununu is a Republican candidate for Governor of New Hampshire.

Chris is serving his third term on the New Hampshire Executive Council representing 32 cities and towns in Rockingham and Hillsborough counties. The five member Executive Council provides unique oversight of the state’s executive branch sharing many of the same powers of the Governor and stands as the only one of its kind in the United States.

In 2010, Chris led a group of investors in the buyout of Waterville Valley Resort where he works as Chief Executive Officer. Waterville Valley currently employs over 700 people in the North Country and Chris is leading an aggressive expansion effort of the ski resort in cooperation with the United States Forest Service.

Prior to the Waterville purchase, Chris was an owner and Director of Sununu Enterprises, a family business and strategic consulting group. He focused much of his time on local, national, and international real estate development, venture technologies, and business acquisitions.

Chris grew up in Salem, NH. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) with a BS in Civil/Environmental Engineering and worked for ten years cleaning up hazardous waste sites.

In 1998, Chris completed a five-month through-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia.

Chris lives in Newfields with his wife, Valerie, and their three children, Calvin, Edie, and Leo.

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~Colin Van Ostern

A business leader, dad, and state Executive Councilor, Colin Van Ostern is a champion for state policies that strengthen New Hampshire’s workforce and attract & keep young people, families, new businesses, and startups in the state – including rail, early childhood education, debt-free higher education, and renewable energy. Colin helped launch College for America at SNHU, a nonprofit college which now enrolls over 3,000 students, most through partnership with employers ranging from local nonprofits to Fortune 50 employers, and previously worked as a business manager at Stonyfield yogurt. Colin has represented a quarter million New Hampshire citizens in a district spanning from Keene to Rochester on
 the state’s Executive Council since being elected in 2012. He received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University, and received a MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.  Colin lives with his wife Kristyn, two sons, and their black lab in Concord.

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Jim Donchess photo

Mayor Jim Donchess graduated from Yale University in 1971 and received his J.D. five years later at the New York University School of Law. Jim was elected to Nashua city government for the first time in 1977, and he served for four years as Alderman-at-Large. He was elected as Mayor in 1984, and he served for two terms. Under his leadership, Nashua was awarded the “Best Place to Live in America” by Money Magazine. The award called national attention to the accomplishments of the city during Jim’s term, including good schools, a low crime rate, and a Triple-A bond rating. Nashua also won federal grants to develop Clocktower Place in our downtown, an effort that Jim championed. After his second term, Jim returned to his law practice in 1992 and worked to win fair outcomes for victims of workplace discrimination based on gender, age, race, ethnic origin and disability. Jim returned to the public scene in 2011, when he was again elected as Alderman-at-Large. With his return to the mayor’s office, Jim hopes to address the ongoing substance use crisis in Nashua, fight for commuter rail, and once again make Nashua a welcoming community of families, businesses, and schools.

 

2015 Speakers

Governor Maggie Hassan        Governor George Pataki        Senator Lindsey Graham        Mayor Donnalee Lozeau 

Hassan

Maggie Hassan was sworn in as the 81st Governor of New Hampshire on January 3, 2013.

Governor Hassan is focused on bringing people together to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire, with more good jobs that can support a growing middle class and where all of our citizens are included in our shared success and prosperity.

Working with legislators from both parties, the Governor successfully led efforts to develop and pass a fiscally responsible, balanced budget that protects New Hampshire’s priorities, without an income or sales tax.

She has moved forward with implementing her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, seeking to build the best workforce in the country and strengthen the economy by freezing in-state tuition at public colleges and universities and restoring scholarship funding, doubling and making permanent the state’s research and development tax credit, and providing businesses with technical assistance to help them create jobs.

And she has worked to maintain New Hampshire’s high quality of life as one of the safest, healthiest and most livable states in the nation. The Governor successfully worked to invest in a stronger mental health system, put more State Troopers on the road, restore the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program, increase funds for services for people with acquired brain disorders and developmental disabilities, and restore funding for the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP).

Known for her ability to bring people together to find common ground, Governor Hassan helped secure the most bipartisan budget vote in over a decade, following through on her pledge to restore the New Hampshire tradition of commonsense problem-solving in Concord.

Governor Hassan began her career in public service in 1999 when Governor Jeanne Shaheen asked her to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission. In 2004, Governor Hassan was first elected to the New Hampshire Senate, serving the people of the 23rd District, which included numerous Seacoast towns. 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.

The Governor earned her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from the Northeastern School of Law. Governor Hassan and her husband, Tom, the principal of Phillips Exeter Academy, are the proud parents of two children, Ben (25) and Meg (20). They live in Exeter along with the family dog, Honey Mae.


Governor Pataki

George Pataki is a potential 2016 Presidential candidate whose career in public service spans more than 25 years. Governor Pataki began as Mayor of his hometown of Peekskill, New York, before going on to serve as both a New York State Assemblyman, State Senator and eventually serving three terms as the 53rd Governor of New York State, ending in 2007.

George Pataki’s path to the New York State Governor’s office was the result of a stunning electoral upset, one in which he unseated the nationally known three-term governor – the late Governor Mario Cuomo. Pataki had to win in not only a deep-blue state against the odds, but also had to go up against an incumbent with not only more money and name recognition, but who was also a national liberal icon.

The odds weren’t in Pataki’s favor, to say the least; Pataki was trailing by 17 points with just two weeks until Election Day. Crisscrossing the state, Pataki made the case for tax cuts, welfare reform and restoring the death penalty, connecting with voters and closing the gap. When he pulled off his improbable victory, Pataki took office and went to work delivering on those promises. Pataki asserted that big government and taxes were strangling the private sector economy. New York was dead last in the creation of private sector jobs. Pataki vowed to get to work, restoring his state as the Empire State a place of opportunity and innovation.

During his tenure as governor, George Pataki demonstrated a clear and decisive vision as a leader, matched with a willingness to build consensus and work with lawmakers from across the political spectrum. Recognizing New York’s growing and influential Hispanic population, Pataki learned Spanish and actively reached out and won support from this traditionally democratic but culturally conservative community. This approach allowed him to get stuff done. Some of his achievements include:

  1. An ardent advocate of smaller-smarter government he dramatically reduced the size of the state force, achieving a 15% reduction;
  2. Pataki believes we need to replace dependency with opportunity and by the time he left office over 1 million fewer New Yorkers were on welfare;
  3. From the personal income tax, to the estate tax, to a tax on beer – under Pataki’s leadership 19 different taxes were cut 90 times saving New Yorkers over $140 billion dollars;
  4. Governor Pataki believes access to a quality education is the key to a growing economy which is why he led the way on establishing charter schools in the state of New York;
  5. The most important responsibility of government is to provide safety, that’s why Pataki fought for and passed hundreds of tough criminal justice laws, including tough anti-terror laws, that literally transformed New York from one of the most dangerous states in America to the safest large state;
  6. While he would later emerge as a leading opponent of Obamacare, as Governor, Pataki dramatically expanded access to health care for the uninsured, especially children, by creating market based solutions such as Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Healthy New York;
  7. An avid outdoorsman, Pataki conserved over 1 million acres of open space, throughout the state for future generations to experience and enjoy;
  8. Jobs, jobs, jobs was the mantra of the Pataki administration which is why he established New York State as the global leader in nano-technology, leveraging public-private partnerships creating good jobs and leading to billions in investment;
  9. A fiscal conservative, Pataki erased an inherited $5 billion deficit and left the state with lower taxes, billions in reserves and it’s best credit rating in 30 years.
  10. A leader in supporting our troops Governor Pataki won passage of the Patriot Plan, which at the time, was the nation’s most comprehensive package of benefits and protections for deployed reserve troops.

To most Americans, Governor Pataki is best known for his leadership during those dark days after September 11th. While much is known about his successful partnership with Mayor Giuliani in the immediate response to the attacks, less is known about the long, hard and emotional process of rebuilding. Through smart and unwavering leadership, Governor Pataki was instrumental in the reconstruction of Lower Manhattan, the renewal of confidence, and in the recovery of the economy in the months and years following the terror attacks of September 11. Governor Pataki was committed to rebuilding and maintaining Lower Manhattan as the financial capital of the world, while also remembering and honoring those brave Americans and New Yorkers who had given their lives for freedom. As chair of the Ground Zero committee, he bravely disputed the committee’s recommendations as not properly honoring the people who had sacrificed their lives. He was widely criticized for this until the final memorial was completed, a site for which he is now hailed as a visionary.

Governor Pataki has a tremendous connection with his constituents, a genuine love for people, and a deep-rooted belief in the American Dream, all of which stem from his upbringing on the small family farm in upstate New York. On the Pataki Farm, surrounded by his immigrant grandparents and his parents, brother, neighbors, and aunts and uncles and cousins, Pataki learned of the dignity to be found in hard work and the importance of community. He received his education through a small public school system and was able to attend Yale University on an academic scholarship– becoming the first generation of his family to have the opportunity to attend college. Pataki completed his JD at Columbia Law School, where he made Law Review. He worked through school to afford the tuition. He came to a deep love and appreciation for the rule of law but, after school, felt that his heart was in working with the people and finding creative and smart ways to create policy and implement positive change for his hometown, his state, and his nation.

George Pataki has been married to his wife, Elizabeth, for 41 years. They have four children and numerous grandchildren. Pataki’s youngest son is an Army officer who recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan; his older son served as a Marine officer in Iraq and now works for the Knights of Columbus. Pataki’s younger daughter is a New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction novels, and his eldest daughter works at law department of Bloomberg LLP. Governor Pataki and his wife have certainly passed on their family values of patriotism, conservatism, hard work, and the desire to serve in their communities and help others.

Pataki is currently the President of his own small business, The Pataki-Cahill group that works in energy, infrastructure, clean-tech. He is also of Counsel at Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

While successful in the private sector, his heart and mind has never left politics.

  1. Upon leaving office he was appointed by President Bush to serve as the United States Delegate to the 62nd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
  2. In 2010, he served as Chairman of Revere America an organization that was committed to supporting candidates that opposed Obamacare.
  3. Currently, he is the spokesman for Americans for Real Change, which, like Pataki himself, advocates for smaller government and less regulation on businesses.

George Pataki is a man who not only won as a Republican in a very blue state, but is also a leader who has proven that he knows how to get things done once he’s in office. Pataki still remembers that he owes his success to small-town values and grassroots conservatives, and he delivers on policies that help to make a more just, more prosperous, more promising future for all Americans.

Senator Graham

Lindsey Graham grew up in the blue-collar, small town of Central, South Carolina where his parents ran a restaurant-pool hall while the family lived in two small rooms in the back.

While Graham was in college at the University of South Carolina, both of his parents died within 15 months of each other. Graham was 22 at the time and left to care for his 13 year old sister, Darline, who eventually moved in with an aunt and uncle. Graham came home on weekends — oftentimes on a Greyhound bus — to help care for his younger sister. Graham became the first member of his family to graduate from college and later became the legal guardian of his younger sister.

Graham has compiled a long and distinguished record covering more than three decades in the Air Force, Air Forces Reserves and Air National Guard. His service included six and one-half years active duty, including four and one-half years at Rhein-Main Air Force base in Germany from 1984-1988 serving as a senior prosecutor. He has also served as a military defense counsel and military judge. Even today, while serving as senator, Graham continues to serve his country in the United States Air Force Reserves where he holds the rank of Colonel. He has had multiple Reserve deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan dealing with detainee operations and Rule of Law issues.

A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and frequent visitor with American troops stationed overseas, Graham consistently pushes for outcomes in the War on Terror which protect our long-term national security interests. One leading conservative said that when it comes to defending America’s national security, “Graham has been right about more things on foreign policy for longer than just about anyone…if anyone has bragging rights on foreign policy, it is Graham.”

Graham was elected to the United States Senate in 2002 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2014. He became — and remains today — the top vote-getter in South Carolina history.

According to a NBC News/Marist poll released last weekend, Graham currently leads the field of potential Republican presidential candidates in his home state of South Carolina where he receives 17 percent of the vote.

 

Lozeau

Donnalee Lozeau, a third generation lifelong resident of Nashua, began her public service at the age of 24 being elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1984. She served 8 terms (16 years) as a citizen legislator representing Nashua’s Ward 5. During her sixteen years in the legislature, she became a leader on criminal justice, juvenile justice, housing, and healthcare, while also tackling key issues such as kindergarten and school funding. As Deputy Speaker of the House in 1998, Donnalee was named to New Hampshire Magazine’s list of Ten Most Powerful Women.

Donnalee Lozeau worked for many years for Southern New Hampshire Services, the Community Action Agency for Hillsborough County, as Director of Program and Community Development overseeing the development of elderly housing, expanded child care and Head Start programs, and established the Economic Opportunity Center to encourage financial self sufficiency and assist with employment opportunities.

Mayor Lozeau was first elected the 55th Mayor of Nashua in November 2007 and reelected in November 2011. Upon taking office in 2008 Mayor Lozeau launched a new initiative, “100Days/100Ways,” a campaign to celebrate her first 100 days in office and to create the opportunity for residents to become more involved in the community. Mayor Lozeau continues to encourage citizens of Nashua to be involved in the workings of government. In addition to the numerous volunteer opportunities on official boards and commissions established by ordinance, Mayor Lozeau calls on citizens to take part in problem solving and community development opportunities. Some of those groups have included the Holman Stadium Committee, the Greeley Park Amplified Use Committee, and the Arts Steering Committee.

Mayor Lozeau serves as Nashua’s chief executive. And as big city mayors all across the country work to meet the challenges of the economy, education, taxes and crime, she has worked with the Board of Aldermen, Board of Education, Board of Public Works along with other elected boards and commissions, to balance five budgets, keep property taxes in check, earned Fitch’s AAA bond rating, and helped solidify Nashua’s reputation as being one of the safest/best cities in the country.

Mayor Lozeau believes in open and accessible government. During her tenure the City of Nashua has received the highest Sunshine rating in the state for its website content. Since becoming mayor she has overseen the implementation of numerous changes allowing for more citizen input and observation. The Government and Education channels have moved to a modern, state of the art facility and streams their broadcasts which include public meetings of the Board of Aldermen, Board of Education, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and other governing boards, live over the internet. The city has a new local access television station which has joined the Government and Education station at the Riverside Street location. Monthly financial statements and all public employee contracts and the merit plan are posted on the city’s website. Citizens can report issues such as potholes, graffiti and other matters needing attention online and follow the progress of the measures taken to address their concerns via the “Citizen Portal” feature. In addition to what is seen by the public, an initiative to replace the aged technology used by the city to track its own finances and personnel is well underway.

Mayor Lozeau has made energy efficiency a priority in her administration. She has spearheaded many initiatives within the city including the purchase of alternative fuel fleet vehicles; an audit and evaluation of city buildings, retrofitting HVAC systems and materials with new, highly efficient replacements; and collaborating with her elected colleagues and with local businesses to bring Compressed Natural Gas to Nashua for use by city vehicles and local businesses. Aside from her leading these initiatives at the local level, Mayor Lozeau serves on the New Hampshire Energy & Climate Collaborative and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s state board and its Energy Subcommittee.

In November 2010, Mayor Lozeau led negotiations with Pennichuck Corporation to a successful agreement for a stock purchase of the company and all its holdings. Mayor Lozeau inherited the eight year battle with the company and the city in eminent domain proceedings at the PUC and Supreme Court. Having never supported eminent domain as the best process for the city to acquire its water resource she put together a team to negotiate a mutually beneficial agreement. With Board of Alderman review and approval the final transfer of ownership transpired on January 25, 2012.

Donnalee has recently received recognition by a number of local organizations. The mayor received the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce’s Eminence Award for Volunteer of the Year in 2004 and the United Way of Greater Nashua’s Max I. Silber Community Service Award in 2006. She was given the Nashua Senior Activity Center First Annual Donald M. Decker Community Service Award in 2010. One year later, the Salvation Army named her Citizen of the Year, while the Elks honored her with their Distinguished Citizenship Award, and then in 2012 the New Hampshire AARP recognized her for her sustained commitment, outreach and ongoing support to the Senior Community of Greater Nashua. She has been recognized nationally by the Natural Gas Vehicles for America with an Achievement Award for her efforts to bring Compressed Natural Gas fleet vehicles and a fueling station to Nashua. Recently the Nashua Telegraph included her in their 2012 Next 20 list.

A lifelong resident of Nashua, NH, Mayor Lozeau attended public schools and Rivier College (now Rivier University), raised and educated her three children in Nashua and along with her husband of 30 years, David, owned and operated several local businesses. She serves on numerous local boards including Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Nashua Community College Advisory Board; Great American Downtown; Greater Nashua Workforce Housing Coalition; Mary’s House; and the PLUS Company. Mayor Lozeau is honored to serve the City of Nashua and is grateful for the residents, employees and business owners that give of their time and talent to keep Nashua the wonderful place it is.

2014 Speakers

Governor Bobby Jindal    Senator Kelly Ayotte    Governor Maggie Hassan    Mayor Donnalee Lozeau    Senator Peggy Gilmour

Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal was sworn in as Governor of Louisiana on January 14, 2008. During his tenure, Governor Jindal has tackled health care reform and is transforming Louisiana’s health care system by embracing a new approach to both physical and behavioral health care that focuses on outcomes, streamlines delivery, saves taxpayer dollars, contains costs, improves access to care, and puts patients in charge of their health decisions.  Following his graduation from Brown University he attended Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar.  In 1996, he was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH).  Following Governor Jindal’s tenure as DHH Secretary, President George W. Bush appointed Governor Jindal to serve as Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2001.  In 2004 he was elected to the 109th United States Congress representing the First District of Louisiana, and in 2007 he was elected Governor of Louisiana.

Senator Kelly Ayotte

Kelly Ayotte is a New Hampshire native who has devoted her life to public service – first as a long-time prosecutor and now in the United States Senate.

In her first bid for public office, she was elected to the Senate in 2010 with 60 percent of the vote. Kelly currently serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Commerce, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Aging Committees. She is the Ranking Member – top Republican – on the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations.

Kelly’s top priority is to get America’s fiscal house in order. She has stood on principle to vote against bloated budget bills that have included money for programs we don’t need and can’t afford. She is a staunch advocate for common sense budget reforms, including a permanent ban on earmarks, a Balanced Budget Amendment, and strict spending caps.

As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Kelly has quickly established herself as a leading voice in Congress on national security issues. She has written legislation with senior members of both parties to create workable terrorist detention policies that keep Americans safe. And as part of her strong commitment to reducing wasteful spending, Kelly has led efforts in the Senate to save over $1 billion in the Pentagon’s budget – successfully passing legislation to stop the Defense Department from spending money on unnecessary programs.

In her capacity as Ranking Member of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, Kelly is well-positioned to highlight the national security value of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the Pease Air National Guard Base. The panel’s oversight responsibilities include military readiness, military construction, base realignment and closure, and industrial operations – including shipyards.

Coming from a small business family, Kelly understands that decisions made in Washington have serious consequences for New Hampshire’s small business economy. Having helped her husband launch a family landscaping and snow removal company, she knows that high taxes and burdensome federal regulations discourage investment and job creation. In the Senate, Kelly is a strong voice for lower taxes and a simplified tax code. She also supports legislation to eliminate burdensome federal requirements that tie up small business owners with unnecessary red tape.

A prosecutor at heart, Kelly served as the chief of the state’s Homicide Unit and Deputy Attorney General before being named in 2004 as New Hampshire’s first female Attorney General. First appointed to that position by a Republican governor, she was twice reappointed by a Democratic governor. During her time as Attorney General, she successfully led efforts to secure the first capital murder convictions in New Hampshire in over 60 years – for which the Union Leader newspaper named Kelly “Citizen of the Year” in 2008.

Kelly attended public schools in Nashua, where she was born. She graduated with honors in 1990 from Pennsylvania State University and earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1993 from the Villanova University School of Law.

She is married to Joe Daley, a Nashua native who flew combat missions during the Iraq war. He retired from the Air National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Kelly and Joe live in Nashua with their two young children, 8-year old Katherine and 5-year old Jacob.

 

Hassan

Maggie Hassan was sworn in as the 81st Governor of New Hampshire on January 3, 2013.

Governor Hassan is focused on bringing people together to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire, with more good jobs that can support a growing middle class and where all of our citizens are included in our shared success and prosperity.

Working with legislators from both parties, the Governor successfully led efforts to develop and pass a fiscally responsible, balanced budget that protects New Hampshire’s priorities, without an income or sales tax.

She has moved forward with implementing her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, seeking to build the best workforce in the country and strengthen the economy by freezing in-state tuition at public colleges and universities and restoring scholarship funding, doubling and making permanent the state’s research and development tax credit, and providing businesses with technical assistance to help them create jobs.

And she has worked to maintain New Hampshire’s high quality of life as one of the safest, healthiest and most livable states in the nation. The Governor successfully worked to invest in a stronger mental health system, put more State Troopers on the road, restore the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program, increase funds for services for people with acquired brain disorders and developmental disabilities, and restore funding for the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP).

Known for her ability to bring people together to find common ground, Governor Hassan helped secure the most bipartisan budget vote in over a decade, following through on her pledge to restore the New Hampshire tradition of commonsense problem-solving in Concord.

Governor Hassan began her career in public service in 1999 when Governor Jeanne Shaheen asked her to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission. In 2004, Governor Hassan was first elected to the New Hampshire Senate, serving the people of the 23rd District, which included numerous Seacoast towns. 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.

The Governor earned her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from the Northeastern School of Law. Governor Hassan and her husband, Tom, the principal of Phillips Exeter Academy, are the proud parents of two children, Ben (25) and Meg (20). They live in Exeter along with the family dog, Honey Mae.

Lozeau

Donnalee Lozeau, a third generation lifelong resident of Nashua, began her public service at the age of 24 being elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1984. She served 8 terms (16 years) as a citizen legislator representing Nashua’s Ward 5. During her sixteen years in the legislature, she became a leader on criminal justice, juvenile justice, housing, and healthcare, while also tackling key issues such as kindergarten and school funding. As Deputy Speaker of the House in 1998, Donnalee was named to New Hampshire Magazine’s list of Ten Most Powerful Women.

Donnalee Lozeau worked for many years for Southern New Hampshire Services, the Community Action Agency for Hillsborough County, as Director of Program and Community Development overseeing the development of elderly housing, expanded child care and Head Start programs, and established the Economic Opportunity Center to encourage financial self sufficiency and assist with employment opportunities.

Mayor Lozeau was first elected the 55th Mayor of Nashua in November 2007 and reelected in November 2011. Upon taking office in 2008 Mayor Lozeau launched a new initiative, “100Days/100Ways,” a campaign to celebrate her first 100 days in office and to create the opportunity for residents to become more involved in the community. Mayor Lozeau continues to encourage citizens of Nashua to be involved in the workings of government. In addition to the numerous volunteer opportunities on official boards and commissions established by ordinance, Mayor Lozeau calls on citizens to take part in problem solving and community development opportunities. Some of those groups have included the Holman Stadium Committee, the Greeley Park Amplified Use Committee, and the Arts Steering Committee.

Mayor Lozeau serves as Nashua’s chief executive. And as big city mayors all across the country work to meet the challenges of the economy, education, taxes and crime, she has worked with the Board of Aldermen, Board of Education, Board of Public Works along with other elected boards and commissions, to balance five budgets, keep property taxes in check, earned Fitch’s AAA bond rating, and helped solidify Nashua’s reputation as being one of the safest/best cities in the country.

Mayor Lozeau believes in open and accessible government. During her tenure the City of Nashua has received the highest Sunshine rating in the state for its website content. Since becoming mayor she has overseen the implementation of numerous changes allowing for more citizen input and observation. The Government and Education channels have moved to a modern, state of the art facility and streams their broadcasts which include public meetings of the Board of Aldermen, Board of Education, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and other governing boards, live over the internet. The city has a new local access television station which has joined the Government and Education station at the Riverside Street location. Monthly financial statements and all public employee contracts and the merit plan are posted on the city’s website. Citizens can report issues such as potholes, graffiti and other matters needing attention online and follow the progress of the measures taken to address their concerns via the “Citizen Portal” feature. In addition to what is seen by the public, an initiative to replace the aged technology used by the city to track its own finances and personnel is well underway.

Mayor Lozeau has made energy efficiency a priority in her administration. She has spearheaded many initiatives within the city including the purchase of alternative fuel fleet vehicles; an audit and evaluation of city buildings, retrofitting HVAC systems and materials with new, highly efficient replacements; and collaborating with her elected colleagues and with local businesses to bring Compressed Natural Gas to Nashua for use by city vehicles and local businesses. Aside from her leading these initiatives at the local level, Mayor Lozeau serves on the New Hampshire Energy & Climate Collaborative and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s state board and its Energy Subcommittee.

In November 2010, Mayor Lozeau led negotiations with Pennichuck Corporation to a successful agreement for a stock purchase of the company and all its holdings. Mayor Lozeau inherited the eight year battle with the company and the city in eminent domain proceedings at the PUC and Supreme Court. Having never supported eminent domain as the best process for the city to acquire its water resource she put together a team to negotiate a mutually beneficial agreement. With Board of Alderman review and approval the final transfer of ownership transpired on January 25, 2012.

Donnalee has recently received recognition by a number of local organizations. The mayor received the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce’s Eminence Award for Volunteer of the Year in 2004 and the United Way of Greater Nashua’s Max I. Silber Community Service Award in 2006. She was given the Nashua Senior Activity Center First Annual Donald M. Decker Community Service Award in 2010. One year later, the Salvation Army named her Citizen of the Year, while the Elks honored her with their Distinguished Citizenship Award, and then in 2012 the New Hampshire AARP recognized her for her sustained commitment, outreach and ongoing support to the Senior Community of Greater Nashua. She has been recognized nationally by the Natural Gas Vehicles for America with an Achievement Award for her efforts to bring Compressed Natural Gas fleet vehicles and a fueling station to Nashua. Recently the Nashua Telegraph included her in their 2012 Next 20 list.

A lifelong resident of Nashua, NH, Mayor Lozeau attended public schools and Rivier College (now Rivier University), raised and educated her three children in Nashua and along with her husband of 30 years, David, owned and operated several local businesses. She serves on numerous local boards including Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Nashua Community College Advisory Board; Great American Downtown; Greater Nashua Workforce Housing Coalition; Mary’s House; and the PLUS Company. Mayor Lozeau is honored to serve the City of Nashua and is grateful for the residents, employees and business owners that give of their time and talent to keep Nashua the wonderful place it is.

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Peggy Gilmour is a native New Englander, born in western Massachusetts. Peggy worked at Massachusetts General Hospital after graduation, and went on to receive her Masters degree in Nursing from Boston University. She moved to New Hampshire with her husband in 1973 and began her first job as a visiting nurse.

Her interest in community service and healthcare has contributed to great improvements in the state of New Hampshire. As Executive Director of Community Hospice, she lead efforts to integrate two VNAs and Hospice to for Home Health and Hospice Care in Nashua. She has also served as President and CEO of Home Health and Hospice Care, and was on the Board of Directors of Neighborhood Health Center for Greater Nashua, the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, the Board of Trustees for the Hunt Community, and was on the Advisory Board to the Hospice Association of America. During her time in the State Senate, Peggy served on Health and Human Services as Vice-Chair, Transportation as Vice-Chair, and was on the Fish and Game and Way and Mean Committees.

Peggy lives in Hollis with her husband, David. She is the mother of two children and a grandmother of two.

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