SENATE DEMOCRATS ELECT LEADERSHIP TEAM

In a unanimous vote of the new majority caucus of Democratic State Senators today, Senator Sylvia Larsen of Concord was elected to the position of Senate President.

Senator Larsen praised the talented team of re-elected and newly elected Democratic Senators and pledged to work hard to accomplish some of the most important issues facing the state, including a responsible state budget, access to health insurance for children and adults, improving quality of life issues, and defining and funding quality education for New Hampshire.

The background and expertise of the Senate Democratic leadership team includes, 5 former House Representatives, 6 lawyers , a Masters level Educator, a Masters level Art Historian, two Senators with extensive financial planning and investment background, a former assistant commissioner of the Health & Human Services Department and a parent of a child with disabilities.

At the caucus, the Senators hosted a brief meeting with Governor John Lynch and they pledged to continue their cooperative effort to accomplish bi-partisan goals in the best interests of New Hampshire citizens.

In the vote today the following Senators were named to the positions below:

SENATE PRESIDENT: Sylvia B. Larsen

VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE: Lou D’Allesandro

VICE PRESIDENT FOR POLICY: Iris Estabrook

SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM: Maggie Hassan

MAJORITY LEADER: Joseph Foster

DEPUTY MAJORITY LEADER: Peter Burling

MAJORITY WHIP: Martha Fuller Clark

DEPUTY DEMOCRATIC WHIP: David Gottesman

The formal swearing in and election of Senators and officers for the 2007-2008 legislative session will take place on December 6, 2006 in the Senate Chamber.