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New Hampshire elects first gay state senator

David Pierce, who has been a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives since 2006, was victorious in his Democratic primary for state senate on Sept. 11 and became the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the state senate as a freshman. Pierce has been credited for inspiring floor speech in 2009 that swayed the votes needed to pass New Hampshire’s historic marriage equality law and has also been a leader in the protection of voting rights and measures igniting economic growth. Pierce is also one of four LGBT candidates who claimed victory during the primaries, each endorsed by Victory Fund.

The Victory Fund also celebrated the victory of out gay Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat, who sealed the nomination for another term for reelection to Congress and two LGBT candidates in Delaware. Andrew Staton and Marie Mayor both took steps in becoming Deleware’s first out LGBT legislators. According to Victory Fund president and CEO Chuck Wolfe each victory is an “important step toward achieving full equality.”

David Pierce currently lives in Etna, N.H. with his partner of 20 years and their two daughters and will no doubt continue his focus on voting rights and marriage equality. Pierce will also prioritize the economy and believes the government has a key role in revitalizing the economy.

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