Senator Dan Feltes
Dan and his wife Erin on Hope Street

The story of Dan Feltes’ life to date is an iteration of the American dream. Dan comes from a working-class background that stressed self-reliance, the value of work, and empathy towards those who need help to reach their life’s potential. After receiving his law degree at the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown, Dan began his career managing staff, casework, and grants under the Housing Justice Project. He then became a legal aid attorney for almost a decade, representing low-income residents of New Hampshire, a motivation that continues today along with his concern for the welfare our state’s children and veterans.

In 2014, the NH 15th District elected Dan to his first term as NH State Senator. His constituents sent him to Concord with over 65% of the vote in the general election. He worked hard to expand access to affordable housing for working families and seniors and championed conservation and renewable energy. He also was a strong advocate for early childhood education, including full-day kindergarten. Dan returned to the Senate in 2016 after winning all the towns and wards in the 15th district. Again, as part of numerous committees, Sen. Feltes served his constituents by helping to pass conservation legislation, affordable housing for veterans, help for at risk children, help for the disabled, and by joining in the fight against NH’s opioid epidemic.

Dan declined to run for governor in 2018. Sen. Feltes cited family considerations, namely his baby daughter Iris, his wife Erin’s and Dan’s first child.

While willing to work with his Republican colleagues to make progress, but also intent on holding them accountable to the New Hampshire’s citizens, Dan has received numerous legislative awards and praise from conservationists. He was most recently recognized by the New Hampshire Young Democrats who last month honored him with the C. Arthur Award for Achievement in public service and civic engagement. Dover Democrats are honored to have Senator Dan Feltes as a participant and speaker for our 11th Franklin and Eleanor Dinner.

Dan with some younger supporters