- Spring 1997
Deborah "Arnie" Arnesen, Candidate for U.S. Congress, 2nd District of New Hampshire, 1996; Democratic gubernatorial nominee, State of New Hampshire, 1992; Member, New Hampshire House of Representative, 1984-1992; Executive Director, The WISS Institute for Public Policy Research, 1994-1996. Ms. Arnesen has been a New Hampshire elected official and community activist for over fifteen years. Most recently, she was a candidate for the 105th U.S. Congress from New Hampshire's Second District. In 1992, Ms. Arnesen became the first woman to be nominated by a major party to run for governor of New Hampshire; she garnered more votes in this race than any other Democratic candidate in state history. Prior to her gubernatorial bid, she was a four-term New Hampshire State Representative. Ms. Arnesen has also served on the boards of Common Cause, Leadership New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Sierra Club. Ms. Arnesen received a B.A. cum laude from St. Olaf College, and a J.D. from the Vermont Law School. She has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University's School of Public Health.