Lou D’Allesandro: Reflections on Dave Nixon

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With the passing of Dave Nixon, New Hampshire has lost one of its finest public servants.


Dave and I first met in the early 1970’s when he was a candidate for the State Senate and I was running for the House of Representatives. He won his Senate seat and then become embroiled in one of the most exciting presidential elections in the history of the New Hampshire State Senate.


In the end, with Democratic support, Nixon emerged as President of the Senate. His run for Governor in 1974 was challenging in light of the fact that President Nixon was undergoing the Watergate situation which resulted in his resignation. Not a good thing when your last name is Nixon.


Dave returned to practicing law and supporting people who shared his beliefs. He became known throughout our state as one of the finest trial lawyers. He took cases no one else would take and won most of them. There was never a case that he didn’t believe he could win.


The legend of David Nixon kept growing until the day he died. His willingness to give was unparalleled. His support for the Cashin Senior Center in Manchester, for which he raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, was another example of the dedication to public service that he had shown throughout his life.


With his love of life and his continuing desire to do good things, Dave put up a ferocious battle with multiple melanoma. He lost the battle but in reality won the war, leaving a legacy of good works and a path for others to follow.


David Nixon is gone but the work he has done will be lasting and we give our deep sympathy to his family and friends. Dave Nixon made New Hampshire a better place and for this we are most grateful.


(Lou D’Allesandro is a Democratic state Senator who has served District 20, which comprises Goffstown and Wards 3, 4, 10 and 11 in the City of Manchester, for eight terms and has been reelected to a ninth term. He has also been an Executive Councilor and a member of the state House of Representatives.)


Author: Lou D'Allesandro

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