|Name||Beverly A. "Bev" Hollingworth|
|Address||209 Winnacunnet Rd |
Hampton, New Hampshire , United States
Jun 19, 2012 07:50pm
|Info||The second woman to serve as President of the Senate, Beverly Hollingworth was elected by her colleagues to preside over the historic, first impeachment trial in the history of the state. |
Senator Hollingworth was first elected to the Senate in 1990 after representing her hometown of Hampton in the House of Representatives for a decade. The owner and operator of a hotel and restaurant at Hampton Beach, her experience as a leader in the hospitality industry, a critic of the development of Seabrook Station and a patient advocate at the New England Medical Center both attracted her to and prepared her for politics and government.
In the House, Senator Hollingworth served on the Judiciary Committee while winning a reputation for her mastery of issues associated with energy, healthcare and insurance.
The Republican landslide of 1994 briefly interrupted Senator Hollingworth�s career, which resumed with her election to a third term in 1996. Although Republicans still held a commanding majority in the Senate, Senator Hollingworth played a key role in furthering initiatives to expand access to public kindergarten, lower costs of health insurance, enhance children�s health care and reduce retail electric rates.
Re-elected in 1998, Senator Hollingworth was among the most experienced members of the first Democratic majority returned to the Senate since 1912. As Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, she was the principal architect of the Senate budget, which, in an unprecedented turn of events, was endorsed by the House without amendment. Working with pharmaceutical manufacturers, healthcare practitioners, retail pharmacists and public interest groups, Senator Hollingworth established the �Medication Bridge Program,� which provides prescription medications to qualified patients in need of all ages without charge. And she was a key member of the negotiating team that fashioned the settlement agreement to complete the deregulation of the retail electric industry, reducing rates for residential customers by 15 percent.
Midway through her fourth term, Senator Hollingworth succeeded the late Clesson J. �Junie� Blaisdell, Jr. as President of the Senate. As the presiding officer of the first impeachment trial in the history of New Hampshire, Senator Hollingworth earned accolades from all parties to these historic proceedings for her sound judgement and fair rulings.
When the election of 2000 returned a Republican majority to the Senate, Senator Hollingworth became Democratic Leader. She led the effort to craft a legitimate, sustainable and equitable means of funding public education and the opposition to balancing the budget on inflated revenue estimates and increased business taxes. As the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, she worked to ensure funding for the Granite State Scholars Program, Tuition Incentive Grants Program, and Best Schools Leadership Program as well as increases in both the operating and capital budgets of the University System. Although the $12 million appropriated for the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is less than Senator Hollingworth sought, it represents an increase in funding for this important program. Finally, she was instrumental in doubling funding to promote travel and tourism in New Hampshire.
During the summer Senator Hollingworth chaired two commissions that are addressing two pressing issues, the shortage of affordable housing and the reform of the juvenile justice system. The work of these commissions will provide the basis for major legislative initiatives in the upcoming session.
Senator Hollingworth has long been a civic and business leader in the Town of Hampton where she spent her childhood and raised her family. She has served as President of the Hampton and Seacoast chambers of commerce as well as on the boards of the Seacoast Hospice and Northeast Health Care Quality Foundation. She has been awarded the Civil Justice Award by the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers and was named a Hero for New Hampshire Children by the New Hampshire Alliance for Children and Youth. This year she was awarded the Caroline Gross Fellowship to attend Harvard University where she completed the Program for senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Senator Hollingworth has four children and three grandchildren. She and her husband, Dr. William Gilligan, Vice-President of Emerson College in Boston, live in Hampton.