Get to know Dan

Dan grew up in a working-class family, his father worked in a furniture factory for his entire adult life and his mom held down part time jobs and worked nights while raising four kids.

His parents fought hard to provide Dan and his siblings the opportunities to live a good life. The values instilled in him by his parents–hard work, honesty, integrity and looking out for people who are left out and left behind have motivated him his entire life.

Dan worked his way through college and law school, taking out loans that he is still repaying to this day. When Dan graduated law school he turned down offers at large corporate law firms to work at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, doing what Dan does best–fighting for people who have no one in their corner. Dan represented low-middle income Granite State families, seniors, veterans, and victims of domestic violence, often up against big bureaucracy and big corporations. For several years, Dan managed all of the housing work, including the attorneys, paralegals, and staff, working to save people’s homes from foreclosure by Wall Street banks during the last recession, fighting housing discrimination, and advancing affordable housing. Taking on fights for working people in the courtrooms, Dan realized that all too often, the laws weren’t written with working families in mind. Too many of them were written behind closed doors to protect big corporations and the well-connected, not working people.

Dan decided to run for State Senate to tackle this problem head on–to write laws that help working families and put Granite Staters first.

As a State Senator, Dan worked across the aisle to expand access to health care for 50,000 Granite Staters, protect people with pre-existing conditions, invest in renewable energy, advance affordable housing, help working families, and establish the toughest drinking water standards in the country. Following the 2018 election, Dan became the youngest Majority Leader of the New Hampshire Senate in state history.

Dan has received numerous Legislator of the Year awards for bipartisan leadership on many critical issues, including from the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy for his work advancing paid family and medical leave insurance, from Early Learning NH for his work on full-day kindergarten, from Ski NH for his work promoting tourism and the ski industry, from the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities and from Community Bridges for his work helping persons with disabilities, from the Home Builders and Remodelers Association and from Housing Action NH for his work expanding affordable and workforce housing, from the NH ACLU for his work on criminal justice reform, and from New Futures and from the National Association of Social Workers for his work on both mental health parity and combatting the opioid public health epidemic.

Dan won the 2020 Democratic nomination for Governor of New Hampshire. He was unsuccessful in the general election agains the two-term incumbent. He lives in Concord with his wife Erin and his daughters Josie and Iris. He earned his law degree from the University of Iowa, and his master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, focusing on economics and energy regulation.

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Dan Feltes
Dan Feltes