Woodburn

Jeff Woodburn, who represented District 1 in the NH State Senate from 2012-18, appeared in Coos County Superior Court on Monday for a dispositional hearing

LANCASTER — Jeff Woodburn, the former state senator from the North Country and a rising star in the state’s Democratic Party, has requested a jury trial to face charges arising from his alleged assault of a former domestic partner.

Woodburn, of Whitefield, was arrested last August on nine misdemeanors: four counts of simple assault, two counts of domestic violence, two counts of criminal mischief and one count of criminal trespass.

The state alleges that between August 2017 and June 2018, Woodburn bit a female adult on the hand and forearm; struck her in the face and stomach; and kicked in a locked door to her home.

Court documents identify the alleged victim as Emily Jacobs, who at the time was Woodburn’s fiance and the chair of the Coos County Democratic Committee.

Woodburn, who represented represented District 1 from 2012 through 2018, has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

The charges are pending in Coos County Superior Court after being transferred from district court by mutual consent of the parties.

On Monday, a dispositional hearing that lasted just 15 minutes ended on a similar note of agreement after the state and Woodburn could not work out a plea deal.

The one-time minority leader of the NH Senate Democratic Caucus, Woodburn won the District 1 Democratic primary last September but lost to Republican David Starr of Franconia in the general election.

Woodburn has filed documents asserting that he was the victim, claiming Jacobs accused him of abuse after he attempted to end their relationship.