Multi-term state legislator stepping down

Bette Lasky will not run for re-election, citing family as motivating factor

File photo Longtime New Hampshire lawmaker and current state Sen. Bette Lasky, of Nashua, said Monday she will not run for re-election in November.

NASHUA – State Sen. Bette Lasky, a longtime Nashua resident and five-term state representative now in her fourth term representing Nashua wards 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 as District 13 state senator, announced Monday she will not run for re-election in November.

Citing a desire to spend more time with her family, which includes husband Dr. Elliot Lasky, two daughters and three granddaughters, Lasky made her decision public Monday afternoon, several days after she informed her Senate colleagues of her plans.

In a statement, Lasky said she is “extremely honored” to have served her fellow Nashuans and Granite Staters, and is “proud of my efforts.”

But “there is still work to be done,” she added, and said she will “continue to advocate for the people and causes that I care so much about.”

Courtesy photo A photo on Bette Lasky's Website shows her and then-Gov. Maggie Hassan at the State House in Concord. Lasky announced Monday she will not run for re-election.

Among those causes was her key role in the passage of the state’s civil union law and later, the marriage equality statute.

“Bette has always been a champion of women’s rights … she spent her career demanding justice for victims of domestic violence, fighting for women’s access to full health services and working toward paycheck fairness,” State House spokesman Alan Raff said in a statement.

State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn, Democrat of Whitefield, called Lasky “a rare commodity in our current political landscape.

“I have always admired Bette’s ability to reach across the aisle in order to make our state better,” Woodburn said.

“She has always been a champion for women’s rights, voting rights, and New Hampshire working families.

Upon election last year to her third straight and fourth overall term representing District 13, Lasky listed as her legislative priorities “ensuring free, fair and secure elections; creating a New

Hampshire economy that works for everyone; supporting accessible and affordable health care; maintaining a quality, progressive education system; and bringing commuter rail to New Hampshire.”

In wishing Lasky well, Woodburn, the Senate Minority Leader, said Lasky’s “example of service to the Nashua community is one that all of us should seek to emulate.”

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.