Sylvia Larsen

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Sylvia Larsen
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
from the 15th district
In office
December 7, 1994 – December 5, 2014
Succeeded by Dan Feltes
President of the
New Hampshire State Senate
In office
2006 – December 1, 2010
Preceded by Theodore Gatsas
Succeeded by Peter Bragdon
Personal details
Born (1949-07-14) July 14, 1949 (age 66)
Troy, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Robert Larsen
Profession politician
Religion Congregational

Sylvia Larsen is a New Hampshire politician who was a Democratic member of the New Hampshire Senate and its longest serving Democratic female leader. She represented New Hampshire's 15th State Senate District for 20 years, from 1994 through 2014.[1] From 2006 through 2010, during the period when Democrats had regained control of the chamber, Larsen served as Senate President. Between 2008-2010, Larsen made history as she led the nation's first female majority legislative body with 13 women and 11 men. Legislative accomplishments include sponsoring the nation' s first tax-free college savings 529 plan, the Unique Plan, and NH's first paycheck fairness plan safeguarding equal pay for equal work.

In 2014, Larsen announced that she would not seek re-election, after having held her office for 2 decades.[2]


  1. ^ "Senate District 15". New Hampshire State Senate. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Kathleen Ronayne (June 5, 2014). "After 2 decades serving Concord, Senate Democratic leader Sylvia Larsen announces retirement". Concord Monitor. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Theodore Gatsas
President of the
New Hampshire Senate

2006–December 1, 2010
Succeeded by
Peter Bragdon