Elizabeth Edwards (politician)

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Elizabeth Edwards
Elizabeth Edwards in 2019
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
from the Hillsborough 11th district
In office
December 3, 2014 – December 5, 2018
Preceded byNickolas Levasseur
Succeeded byDonald Bouchard
Personal details
Born1988 (age 35–36)
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseCaitlin Edwards-Appell
ResidenceManchester, New Hampshire[1]

Elizabeth Edwards (born 1988) is an American politician and former Democratic member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, who represented the Hillsborough 11th District from 2014 to 2018.[1]

Political activity[edit]

Although a member of the Democratic Party, Edwards was initially endorsed by the libertarian New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, and was "closely associated" with the Free State Project (FSP).[2] She since distanced herself from the FSP,[3] and was not endorsed by the NHLA when she ran for re-election in 2016.[4]

In January 2016, Edwards introduced a bill to decriminalize prostitution in New Hampshire between consenting adults.[5] The bill was opposed by Republican house majority leader Richard Hinch, who commented that "society is just not ready for that".[6] Edwards is also an advocate of drug policy reform.[1][7] With assistance from other FSP members, Edwards helped pass a bill to give drug users immunity from prosecution when they report a drug-related medical emergency.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Her father, Jess Edwards, has served in the House since 2016 as a Republican. He credits her example with leading him to run for office, although they differ on many issues and often voted on different sides of issues during the time they served together.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Representative Elizabeth Edwards (d)". State of New Hampshire House of Representatives. Government of New Hampshire. Archived from the original on 16 January 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  2. ^ Tucker, William (September 8, 2014). "N.H. House races we'll be watching: Free Staters dressed in blue". miscellany: blue. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  3. ^ Quimby, Taylor (April 12, 2018). "You Asked, We Answered: What Is The Free State Project?". New Hampshire Public Radio. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  4. ^ "New Hampshire Liberty Alliance 2016 State Candidate Endorsements". Archived from the original on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  5. ^ "House bill looks to decriminalize NH prostitution". Nashua Telegraph. January 29, 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  6. ^ Shaughnessy, Colleen (January 5, 2016). "Manchester rep explains NH bill to legalize prostitution, other lawmakers vow to kill it". NH1. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  7. ^ Ronayne, Kathleen (March 29, 2016). "Fast food workers protest colleague's death in jail". Concord Monitor. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Overdose Immunity Bill Passes". Free State Project. Free State Project. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  9. ^ Sexton, Adam. "Father, daughter on opposite sides of political aisle in Concord". WMUR.

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