New Member Spotlight: Rep. Dave Danielson (R-Bedford)

rep. danielsonThe Municipal and County Government committee seems to be a great fit for a new member from Bedford, Dave Danielson, who has served in local government positions for almost two decades – serving in numerous capacities including Town Council, Planning Board, Master Plan committees, Southern NH Planning Commission and more.

When he’s not in the House, Dave is teaching classes at SNHU and enjoys time with his wife Mary, son Adam and daughter in law Danyell. Born in Manchester, Dave earned his BA in Political Science from St. Anselm’s College, and then an MBA from Rivier.

Dave is enjoying his work at the State House, and is focused on being patient, listening and learning so he can increasingly contribute and help address our challenges, especially in the areas of higher education and infrastructure.

New Member Spotlight: Rep. Leon Rideout (R-Lancaster)

rep. rideoutAfter many years of talking about politics, Leon finally decided it was time to run. It can be a lot to juggle, since Leon owns and operates his own business, which incorporates a car repair shop, used car sales, and a U Haul dealership in Lancaster.

Leon also represents a geographically large district, including the towns of Whitefield, Dalton, Carroll, Jefferson, Lancaster, Randolf, Milan, Dummer, Northumberland, Stark, and the unincorporated place of Kilkenny, plus serves as a Selectman in Lancaster.

Leon ran on a platform focused on jobs and the economy, and has been an active member of the House Business Caucus, bringing much appreciated input and feedback from employers in Coos county.

Leon serves on State-Federal Relations & Government Affairs, which is appropriate since he is a 26 year veteran of the Marine Corps, and understands the issues.
In the limited spare time he has, Leon spends time with his wife and 3 daughters, and fishes, hunts, and rides ATV.

New Member Spotlight: Rep. Frank Byron (R- Litchfield)

rep. byronWhile Frank Byron is new to the House of Representatives this year, he is no stranger to politics, having served in local government since 1996 in his hometown of Litchfield. There he is currently a Selectman, and has served in this capacity for many years, as well as on the Litchfield Planning Board and Conservation Commission.
Frank ran on a platform focused on growing jobs in our state. He spent many years as a senior operations manager in the biotech manufacturing industry, driving down to Massachusetts and watching countless New Hampshire residents do the same. As a member of the House Business Caucus, he is eager to improve the climate for doing business and improving the economy here.
Frank serves on the Executive Departments and Administration committee. On a personal note, Frank is a pilot and is working on getting becoming a certified flight instructor.

New Member Spotlight: Rep. Bianca Garcia (R-Salem)

rep. garciaAnother new member of our caucus, Bianca Garcia, is enjoying ED&A committee and the variety of departments and topics they address.

Bianca is enjoying the House and feels it’s a nice balance to her dual careers in real estate and in music. Bianca is a classical music soloist, who also performs Principal Flute in the Granite State Symphony Orchestra and with the Chamber Orchestra in Boston.

Bianca ran for office because she felt she was needed to present a firm, conservative stance. She enjoys expressing conservative ideas, especially to young people, in engaging ways and motivating people in the community to think about the issues. This is also true with sharing her love of traditional music by making it interesting to the younger generation.

New Member Spotlight: Rep. Richard Meaney (R- Goffstown)

rep. meaneyIf you’re in Health and Human Services, you already know Rep. Richard Meaney, who is well known for doing his homework, showing up prepared, and asking the tough questions.

It’s an ideal committee for him to serve, and as a former Health Care Executive with a Master degree in Health Care Administration, he brings much industry knowledge to the tough policy debates. In fact, last week was his first time at the well, and he ably did so, speaking in support of HB271, stating that NH will not expand Medicaid.

When asked why he decided to serve, Richard replied, “I ran because it’s the right thing to do. I have a daughter and I want to make sure New Hampshire is a great place for her to live.”

Richard is a retired Army Officer and lives in Goffstown with his family. He has served as Chair of the Goffstown-Weare Republican Committee, and on the Goffstown Budget Committee and Planning Board