Sylvia Larsen

Sylvia Larsen DEMDemocrat

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Sylvia LarsenDEMDemocrat American politician
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Sylvia Bravo Larsen is a New Hampshire politician who was a Democratic member of the New Hampshire Senate and its longest serving Democratic female leader. She represented New Hampshire's 15th State Senate District for 20 years, from 1994 through 2014. From 2006 through 2010, during the period when Democrats had regained control of the chamber, Larsen served as Senate President. Between 2008 and 2010, Larsen made history as she led the nation's first female majority legislative body with 13 women and 11 men. Larsen served ten terms representing District 15 which includes the state's capital City of Concord, along with Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner. Prior to retiring in 2014, she was the Vice Chair of the Capital Budget Committee and also a long-term member of the Senate Finance and Joint Fiscal Committees. Larsen was Senate Democratic Leader for over a decade, becoming Senate President Pro Tem and later 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. In the course of her 20 years in the Senate, Larsen was the prime sponsor of a first-in-the-nation tax-free college tuition savings plan, the $10 billion Unique Plan. She sponsored laws establishing the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), Healthy Kids and workforce housing opportunities.

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Education3 - 3 of 1
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
New Hampshire State Senate
1994 - 2014
New Hampshire State Senate
2006 - 2010
City Coucil, City of Concord
1989 - 1998
Minority Leader
New Hampshire State Senate
Public Relations, Disability Council, New Hampshire
1981 - 1989
Program Director
Historical Society, New Hampshire
Legislative Liaison
Governor Hugh Gallen
1979 - 1981
Administrative Assistant
Wisconsin State Senate
1972 - 1979
Former President
Bancroft Products Incorporated
Other Experience1 - 18 of 18
Board of Directors, New Hampshire Political Library
2009 - Current
Board of Directors, Saint John International University
2009 - Current
Families in Transition, Concord, present
Former Co-Chair
Boys and Girls Club Teen Center Drive, Concord
Former Co-Chair
Capitol Campaign Drive, Capitol Center for the Arts
Former Member
Christa McAuliffe Planetarium Commission
Former Senate Representative
Healthy Kids Corporation, New Hampshire
Former Senate Representative
Childrens Trust Fund, New Hampshire
Former Trustee
Concord Hospital Board
Board of Directors, Concord Regional Development Corporation, present
Merrimack County Savings Bank, present
New Hampshire Workforce Opportunity Council, present
New Hampshire Youth Council, present
Concord Centennial Center
Council on World Affairs, New Hampshire
1981 - 1989
Former Chair
College Tuition Savings Plan Commission, New Hampshire
Former Member
Land and Community Heritage Commission
Economic Advisory Council, City of Concord