Senator Nancy Stiles was elected to the Senate in 2010. She previously served three terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives where she served on the House Education Committee. Currently, she Chairs the Senate Education Committee and is a member of Public & Municipal Affairs and Transportation as well.
Stiles represents District 24 which includes the scenic Seacoast communities of Greenland, Hampton Falls, New Castle, Newington, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Rye and her hometown of Hampton.
In 2011, Sen. Stiles was the driving force behind reforming how New Hampshire funds public education. Her Senate Bill 183 was successfully absorbed by House Bill 337 during a committee of conference and signed in to law. The new law maintains the current education adequacy funding level, making only slight changes in order to establish a calculation better focused on the student. Under the legislation, cities and towns will receive the same level of funding for their coming budget as last year. Going forward, the bill creates a predictable funding methodology that provides stability to state and school district budgets while eliminating donor towns and reducing town-versus-town tensions over funding.
Prior to entering politics, Sen. Stiles served as the School Nutrition Director for the Hampton School District for 30 years, retiring in 2004. She has a bachelor of business degree from the University System of New Hampshire (now called Granite Sate College) and is credentialed through the National School Nutrition Association.
In 2010, she was recognized with a Legislative Award from the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and was named Legislator of the Year in 2008 by the Council on Developmental Disabilities.
She has served on numerous legislative committees, including the Oversight for Charter Schools 2005-2006 and the Oversight for SAU's in 2008-2010.
Nancy is married to Howard and they have three grown children; Howard, Ken, and Greg. They were blessed with three wonderful daughters-in-law and five perfect grandchildren.