MANCHESTER , NH - U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate Chris Dodd's campaign announced today that State Representative Emma Rous has endorsed Chris Dodd for President. Rous, a lifelong educator and current Chair of the House Education Committee, will serve as the Chair of New Hampshire Educators for Chris Dodd.

"While every candidate cares about children and education, no other candidate has Senator Dodd's record of accomplishment," said Rous. "Senator Dodd authored the Family and Medical Leave Act, fought for twenty years to expand and fully fund Head Start, has worked to make No Child Left Behind more reasonable and effective, to fully fund IDEA, to expand after school programs and increase PELL grants to make college more affordable. And as a former Peace Corps volunteer, he supports service learning and a broad national service program. Educators can be proud to support Senator Chris Dodd for President."

State Representative Emma Rous is a lifelong educator who spent 17 years as a high school English teacher at Oyster River High School in Durham, NH. She has also taught preschool, elementary and junior high school students, and now does adjunct work at the University of New Hampshire and Plymouth State University. Rous is currently serving her third term in the New Hampshire House representing Durham, Lee and Madbury and her first term as Chair of the House Education Committee.

"Senator Dodd and his entire campaign are proud to have the support of Representative Rous, who has dedicated her life to serving others as a teacher and an elected representative," said Dodd's New Hampshire Press Secretary Bryan DeAngelis. "Senator Dodd continues to attract the support of many of New Hampshire's most influential Democratic activists because he offers proven, bold leadership when the country needs it most. Representative Rous is a key addition to the winning organization we are putting together here in New Hampshire."

Dodd's New Hampshire campaign has also announced the following additions to the New Hampshire for Chris Dodd Steering Committee including Gail and Mark Mitchell who will serve as the Chairs of Strafford County for Chris Dodd.

  • Rolf Bremer - Chair, Brookline Democratic Committee (Brookline)
  • Shannon Chandley - Democratic Activist (Amherst)
  • Matt Conley - Democratic Activist (Merrimack)
  • Larry Finkelstein, Ph.D. - Democratic Activist (Nashua)
  • John Hattan - Secretary, Concord City Democratic Committee (Concord)
  • Gail Mitchell - Early leading organizer and volunteer campaign aide for Carol Shea-Porter for Congress, 2006 (Barrington)
  • Mark Mitchell - Retired 23-year veteran NH State Police Detective, Barrington Town Democratic Chair (Barrington)
  • Erika Thorsell - Chair, Concord City Democrats (Concord)
  • Tom Silvia - Democratic Activist (Amherst)

These individuals join a growing list of elected officials and Democratic activists that are supporting Chris Dodd for President. Other notable endorsements include former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Joe Keefe, former U.S. Congressman Norm D'Amours, State Representatives Maureen Nagle, Mike Farley, Mike Brunelle, Sandra Smith, Dan Sullivan, Mike O'Brien, and Frank Sullivan, Manchester Alderman-at-Large Dan O'Neil, Manchester School Board Member-at-Large Kathy Kelley, and Democratic activists Valery Mitchell and Beth Campbell of Concord.