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NHDP - Democratic Leader Mike Brunelle leaving New Hampshire for Pennsylvania

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.


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Reader Comments (6)

The legislation filed in his honor for next January will go forward. No other full time paid party director should be allowed to serve as a Rep so the legislation will continue as if he were still here.
But it's okay for an insurange agent, a realtor, a banker, or a CEO, or a business owner being a State Representative and introducing and voting on legislation to increase their margin of profit? Let the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, right? What was Mike's "sin?" -- introducing a bill to protect the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, or increase the state's minimum wage for our working men and women?
July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim Splaine
Jim, you mean someone like Nancy Pelosi adding a rider to a bill increasing the minimum wage, the purpose of said rider was to excempt American Samoa. The largest industry in American Samoa is seafood canning and processing. One of the largest stockholders in this company is Nancy Peplsi's husband.

Can we hold this up as a "shining" example of a Democrat (she was speaker of the house at the time) looking out for the interests of working men and women, unless of course doing so would have an adverse effect on their own interests.
July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreyGhost
From one sinking ship to another? I'm guessing he at least gets a pay increase.
July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRowland
Door. Ass. Smack!
July 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterC. dog
Wonderful....That means he moves to Harrisburg....Right in my daughter's neck of the woods.
July 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRichard Olson Jr.

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