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District 5
Councilor Debora B. Pignatelli

Biography

Councilor Debora Pignatelli is a 45 year resident of New Hampshire who resides in Nashua.

She was first elected to office in 1986, and spent 5 years in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and 10 years in the State Senate. While in the State House and the State Senate, she sponsored and advocated for legislative initiatives increasing funding for education, returning state surplus money to cities and towns for property tax relief, establishing anti-stalking laws, funding statewide kindergarten, reforming campaign finance laws, increasing the age for child passenger seat belts from 12 years to 18 years, increasing the cigarette tax to deter children from smoking, enhancing environmental protection, improving the foster care system, bringing a Legal Assistance Office to Nashua, and curbing violent crime, including family violence.

While a State Representative, she served on the Children, Youth and Elderly and Appropriations Committees. She has served as the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, Vice Chair of the Senate Environment Committee and as a member of many other Senate Committees, including Capital Budget, Health and Human Services, Public Affairs, Rules, Wildlife and Recreation, and Economic Development.

She served as Assistant Minority Leader in the State of New Hampshire House of Representatives and as Democratic Whip and Vice President for Policy in the State Senate.

Since her election to the Executive Council she has worked hard to minimize the practice of awarding unnecessary NO BID contracts and retroactive contracts. She also tried to ensure that the state is getting the best value for services purchased, thereby saving taxpayer money. She began the practice of holding Public Hearings for those people nominated by the Governor to lead important state agencies.

She has been designated as One of the Ten most powerful women in New Hampshire by New Hampshire Editions Magazine, has received the Meritorious Service Award from the New Hampshire Women's Lobby, the John F. Kennedy Award from the Hillsborough County Democratic Committee, the Anita and Norman Freedman Award at 2004 Democratic Convention, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award given by the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

In 2005 she received the William E Paine, II award for her work preventing domestic and family violence.

She has also received an Award recognizing her excellence in river and watershed conservation from local groups representing dozens of New Hampshire Communities along the Contoocook and North Branch, Lamprey, Lower and Upper Merrimack, and Swift Rivers.

Before running for office, she served as the Executive Director of the Nashua Girl's Club, now Girl's, Inc., and the Director of Tenant Services for the Nashua Housing Authority.

Councilor Pignatelli served on the Executive Council from 2005-2011, 2013-2015 and was elected to serve District Five again in 2019.

She and her husband, Mike, have two children and three grandchildren.


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