Jacalyn Cilley

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Jacalyn L. Cilley
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
from the 6th district
In office
Succeeded by Fenton Groen
Personal details
Born (1951-08-05) August 5, 1951 (age 63)
Berlin, New Hampshire
Nationality  US
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Bruce
Residence Barrington, New Hampshire
Alma mater University of New Hampshire

Jacalyn "Jackie" L. Cilley is a former Democratic member of the New Hampshire legislature.


Jacalyn Cilley was born in Berlin, New Hampshire on August 5, 1951. Her father, Archie Edward Rowe, was a trucker[1] and Korean War veteran[2] and her mother Celestine Phyllis Currier worked in a textile factory.[3] She was raised with many siblings in a third-floor walk-up tenement in Berlin.[4]

She graduated in 1969 from Berlin High School.[3] In her late 20s as a separated single mother[5] she decided to proceed to higher education and enrolled in the University of New Hampshire at Durham, becoming the first member of her extended family to attend college.[3] She received her BA in psychology in 1983 and her MBA in 1985 from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics,[5] and has been an adjunct professor at the School for over twenty years.

For fifteen years she owned and operated Cilley & Associates, a research consulting service providing information and market assistance to local businesses.[6] She is a partner in her husband's farrier supply company Horseshoes Plus, Inc.[6][7]

In 2004 she ran for a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and won. She subsequently served for two terms as a New Hampshire Senator, representing the 6th District from 2006 - 2010.

In 2012 she ran an unsuccessful primary campaign for the Democratic nomination for Governor of the state,[8] losing to Maggie Hassan, former majority leader of the New Hampshire Senate, who would continue on to be elected as the 81st holder of that office.


  1. ^ Liebowitz, Sarah (2006-11-13), Women May Play Bigger Role In Senate: Newcomers Bring Range Of Experiences, Concord Monitor, retrieved 2012-03-10 
  2. ^ Archie E. Rowe obituary, The Conway Daily Sun, 2001-12-26, archived from the original on 2012-03-10, retrieved 2012-03-10 
  3. ^ a b c Tetreault, Barbara (2012-02-08), Berlin native announces bid for governor, The Berlin Daily Sun, archived from the original on 2012-03-10, retrieved 2012-03-10 
  4. ^ Feltner, Kerry (2012-02-17), UNH business professor begins campaign for governor, The New Hampshire 101 (29), archived from the original on 2012-03-10, retrieved 2012-03-10 
  5. ^ a b "Women In The Lead". The UNH Connection. University of New Hampshire Alumni Association. 2006-11-22. Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  6. ^ a b "Guest Biographies - C". Political Chowder. Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  7. ^ Spolar, Matthew (2012-02-07). "Cilley announces governor run, rules out tax pledge". Concord Monitor. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  8. ^ Hall, Beth LaMontagne (February 7, 2012). "Former state Sen. Cilley enters race for governor". New Hampshire Union Leader. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 

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