Shaheen Statement on Passing of former NH State Senator Mary Louise Hancock

December 04, 2017

(Washington, DC) — Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement on the passing of former New Hampshire State Senator Mary Louise Hancock:

“Mary Louise Hancock was a role model for me, and for so many other women who’ve stepped up to run for office,” said Senator Shaheen. “A steadfast advocate for equal rights, affordable housing, and domestic abuse survivors, Mary Louise Hancock led with action and taught us all about the importance of being engaged and participating in our government to shape a country, and community, that supports every working family. Her sage counsel was sought after by generations of Democrats, whether running for local office or the Oval Office. One of my favorite memories as Governor was to be able to declare Mary Louise Hancock Day in New Hampshire. Now, as we mourn her passing and celebrate her legacy, we’ll keep her in our hearts every day. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.”

Mary Louise Hancock was the first woman from Concord to be elected to the New Hampshire State Senate and as the first female state planning director in the nation. As Governor, Jeanne Shaheen proclaimed July 5th Mary Louise Hancock Day