CONCORD – Known for her commitment to education, health care and civil rights, Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen today announced that she intends to seek re-election to the New Hampshire Senate.
“It is with great dedication and a sense of optimism that I announce today that I intend to seek a ninth term in the Senate. It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve my constituents in the 15th Senate District and the citizens of our great state,” Larsen said. “I. Given the significant challenges we face to responsibly guide our state to improved job opportunities and a strong economy I hope that I can continue to serve as a voice of reason and experience in a Senate which will include many new faces. I look forward to again earning the privilege of representing the residents of Concord and Hopkinton, as well as Henniker and Warner at the State House.”
Larsen currently serves as Democratic Leader and was New Hampshire's longest-serving female Senate President from 2006-2010. For two of those years, 2008-2010, she led the nation's first legislative body to include a majority of women with 13 female senators elected to the 24 member body.
During her 16 years in the Senate, Larsen was the prime sponsor of a first-in-the-nation tax-free college tuition savings plan, the Unique Plan. She sponsored laws establishing the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), Healthy Kids and workforce housing opportunities. More recently, she co-sponsored legislation to raise the high school dropout age, to ban the burning of demolition debris, to establish a research and development tax credit for business, establish a state code of ethics and to reinstate the state's job training fund.
Her legislative priorities include funding education, to include higher education; promoting job growth; expanding workforce housing; establishing affordable health care; safeguarding our environment; and advancing property-tax relief.