Democratic Leader Mike Brunelle Leaving New Hampshire for Pennsylvania
Concord, NH - Today, it was announced that Mike Brunelle will leave New Hampshire later this month to lead one of Pennsylvania's largest unions, the Pennsylvania Service Employees International Union.
Brunelle, of Manchester, will step down as Executive Director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and as Chair of the Manchester City Democrats.
"While this is loss for New Hampshire, it is a great gain for Pennsylvania. We are all very proud of Mike's appointment to his new position and tremendous advancement of his career. I knew it was only a matter of time before Mike's extraordinary talents would be recognized across the country. While we are saddened over losing him, we have full confidence that this position will provide him a great opportunity to further expand his ability to improve the lives of working families. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for Mike's leadership, skills, and friendship over the past eight years," announced Ray Buckley, chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
"The House Democratic Caucus extends its wholehearted thanks for Mike's hard work, leadership, and dedication throughout the years. He has been a strong advocate for the Democratic caucus, the voters of Manchester and Democrats across the state, and we are grateful for his service" said House Democratic Leader Terie Norelli. "We congratulate him on this exciting new chapter in his life. We know that he will bring to his new position the same intelligence, energy and wealth of talent that he has shared with us."
Brunelle, a Manchester native, has served as the Executive Director of the NHDP since December 2008, and directed the 2010 Coordinated Campaign for the Democratic ticket. He previously served as the NHDP's Political Director and as Executive Director of the Manchester City Democrats.
Brunelle represents Manchester ward three in the legislature, where he is serving his second term. Currently, he is the House Democratic Floor Leader, which is the number three Democrat in the General Court. This term, he is a member of the House Election Law Committee. In his first term, he served on the Ways and Means Committee and as chair of the Manchester Legislative Delegation.
In January, 2010, Brunelle was unanimously elected chair of the Manchester City Democrats after having served as a member for a number of years on the city committee. He has been a member of the Democratic State Committee and Hillsborough County Committee.
Brunelle is the recipient of the 2010 New Hampshire Young Democrat of the Year Award, the 2009 Manchester City Democrats' Soucy Award, the 2006 NHDP Grassroots Activist Award, and was named by the Union Leader as one of their '40 under 40' in 2007.
The Service Employees International Union is one of the fastest growing labor organizations in the country. The SEIU PA state council represents three large locals and over 60,000 service employees.