Deborah Arnie Arnesen

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Arnie Arnesen
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
from the 7th Grafton district
In office
Preceded byStephen N. Harnish
Succeeded byWilliam J. Driscoll
David O. Dow
Personal details
Deborah Arnie Arnesen

(1953-10-01) October 1, 1953 (age 68)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Martin Capodice
(m. 2002; died 2013)
WebsiteOfficial website

Deborah Arnie Arnesen (born October 1, 1953), is an American radio show host and former politician, serving for eight years as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Early life[edit]

Arnesen was born in Brooklyn, New York to a Norwegian father and an Italian mother.[1]

Political career[edit]

Arnesen is a former fellow of the Harvard Institute of Politics, and a former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Orford, New Hampshire, serving from 1984 to 1992.[2] She was the Democratic nominee in the 1992 New Hampshire gubernatorial election and also ran for U.S. Congress in 1996.[3] She was the first woman in New Hampshire history to be nominated by a major political party in a race for governor.[4] She was elected to the Common Cause National Governing Board in 1993 and again in 1997.

Arnesen has supported a broad-based tax plan in New Hampshire, rejecting The Pledge and supporting the establishment of a state-level income tax.[5]

Media career[edit]

Arnesen is the host of The Attitude on WNHN 94.7FM in New Hampshire.[6] She has also made several appearances on C-SPAN.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Arnesen has two daughters, Melissa Arnesen-Trunzo (born 1983) and Kirsten Arnesen-Trunzo (born 1985) from her relationship with Thomas Trunzo. She met Martin J. Capodice in 2000 and married him in 2002. He died in 2013.[8][9]


  1. ^ Nyhan, David (June 9, 1992). "A candidate who shuns the N.H. pledge". Boston Globe. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  2. ^ "Deborah "Arnie" Arnesen". The Institute of Politics at Harvard University. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Staff writer (November 4, 1996). "A GUIDE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RACES: NEW HAMPSHIRE". Time. 148 (21). Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
  4. ^ "Full Biography". The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen Radio Show. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Donnelly, Harrison (November 11, 1992). "Democrats gain as elections usher in 8 new Governors". Education Week. 12 (10). Retrieved August 16, 2010.
  6. ^ "The Attitude w/ Arnie Arnesen". WNHN 94.7FM. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "Arnie Arnesen". C-SPAN. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  8. ^ Staff writer (November 3, 2013). "Martin J. Capodice (1942 - 2013)". Concord Monitor. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  9. ^ Duckler, Ray (January 12, 2014). "Marty Capodice, an atheist, worshipped the Capitol Center for the Arts and everything connected to it". Sunday Monitor. Concord Monitor. pp. A1, A3. Retrieved May 16, 2019.

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Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic nominee for Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by