Dana Hilliard

Somersworth Mayor


Dana will continue to serve as New Hampshire's only out LGBTQ Mayor!


Mayor Dana S. Hilliard is serving his 4th term as Mayor and New Hampshire’s first Mayor who is an open member of the LGBTQ community. Under his tenure, Somersworth has become known as New Hampshire’s “Welcoming” city, for its commitment to diversity and equality. A graduate of Somersworth High School, he attended Keene State College earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in ’95 and Plymouth State University with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership in ’11.

Entering elected public service when he was 20, he served 5 terms in the NH House from 1993 – 1997 and from 2005 – 2008. He also served two terms on the City Council representing Ward 4 from 2002 – 2004 and At-Large from 2006 – 2010. He has served on numerous city committees, boards, and commissions. He was awarded the Pink Triangle Award in 2008 from the University of New Hampshire, for his commitment to diversity and civil rights and the New Hampshire Democratic Party Kathy Sullivan Courage and Leadership Award (2013).

Completing his 22nd year in education, for his 21st-century approaches in educational leadership, he was named the 2013 A+ Administrator by the New England League of Middle Schools. He is the recipient of the New England Education Opportunity Association- NEOA Achiever Award (2009) and the Council for Opportunity in Education National TRIO Achievers Award (2014). Under his leadership, in 2019 Somersworth Middle School was named New Hampshire’s middle school of the year. 

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