District 20: Manchester (Wards 2, 3, 4, 10, 11 and 12)

Current Committees: Vice-Chair, Ways and Means; Capital Budget; Finance

View Bills Senator D'Allesandro Sponsored This Session

Contact Information:
State House, Room 117
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

Phone: 603-271-2117

Email: lou.dallesandro@leg.state.nh.us

Senator Lou D'Allesandro is currently serving his 12th term in the New Hampshire State Senate representing District 20, which includes Manchester Wards 3, 4, 10, and 11 and the Town of Goffstown. His priorities for the upcoming legislative session include combatting the opioid crisis and improving access to mental health care.

In 2019, Senator D'Allesandro served as national chair of the Council of State Governments. He has been actively involved with the Council of State Governments throughout his time in the NH Senate and was honored to be chosen for this role by his colleagues from around the country, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

A 1961 graduate of the University of New Hampshire where he received his bachelor's degree in history, he went on to earn a master's degree from Riviver University in 1971. Lou was the recipient of the Caroline Gross Fellowship to attend the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.

D'Allesandro serves on the Board of Directors of Southern New Hampshire Services, a local community action program. He just completed nearly two decades of service as an appointee to the New England Board of Higher Education, a regional congressionally authorized compact founded in 1955 by six New England governors to promote greater opportunities in higher education for New England stuents. He has served as Chair and Vice Chair of this organization. As a lifelong educator, improving access to higher education has always been a passion of Senator D'Allesandro's. He has always been a vocal advocate for NEBHE's Regional Student Program (RSP), which enables students across New England to attend a college or university from another state at an in-state tuition rates if they are pursuing a program not offered at their own state's educational institutions. He has also been a longtime advocate for improved civics education and was finally able to pass legislation in New Hampshire requiring a course in civics for high school graduation. The Senator also visits each school in his district every fall to engage with students of all ages as well as teachers and administrators.

Senator D'Allesandro and his wife, Pat, reside in Manchester, New Hampshire. They have three children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Senator D'Allesandro recently published a book about his life and experiences in politics authored by Mark Bodanza and titled, 'Lou D'Allsandro: Lion of the New Hampshire Senate Thoughts for Presidential Hopefuls.'

Years Served in the Senate: 1999 - Present

Years Served in the House: 1973-1974, 1997-1999

Years Served on the Executive Council: 1974-1980

Profession: Educator; Former President, Daniel Webster College and Nasson College; Former Vice President, Franklin Pierce University

Education: University of New Hampshire, Rivier University, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Recognition: New England College Honorary Doctor of Law – 2015; New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Hall of Fame Inductee – 2013; Outstanding Legislator Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness – 2012; Walter R. Peterson Citizen Leader Award given by Franklin Pierce University – 2011; University of New Hampshire Athletic Hall of Fame - 2010; Honorary Doctorates from Franklin Pierce University, New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Daniel Webster College