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NH Democratic legend Mary Louise Hancock dies at 97

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December 04. 2017 6:37PM
Former state senator and longtime New Hampshire Democratic party activist Mary Louise Hancock, who died Monday, is shown greeting then-Gov. John Lynch and his wife, Dr. Susan Lynch, in 2009. (BOB LaPREE/UNION LEADER FILE)

CONCORD — Former state Sen. Mary Louise Hancock, described as a legend in the Democratic party, died Monday at 97.

“More than a senator and a glass-ceiling shattering woman, she was the embodiment of what it meant to be a New Hampshire Democrat,” the New Hampshire Democratic Party said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with her and her loved ones today.”

Hancock was the first woman elected to Senate District 15, which includes Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen called Hancock “a role model for me, and for so many other women who’ve stepped up to run for office.”

Fellow Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan said: “As the first woman state planning director in the nation, Mary was a trailblazer for countless women entering public service across New Hampshire, and I was blessed to be able to call her both a mentor and a friend.”

Congresswoman Annie Kuster also considered Hancock a trailblazer. “Mary Louise was a person one could always turn to for sage advice,” Kuster said in a statement.

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