New Hampshire Executive Council, 2nd District
A long-time defender of the working class, advocate for fair education funding, and attorney for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign in New Hampshire, Andru Volinsky looks to continue the political revolution in the Granite State by serving on the state’s Executive Council. His experiences as a lawyer has spanned several different fields. After a stint as a professor at the University of Tennessee School of Law, he joined the New Hampshire Public Defender Program in 1980’s. He then transitioned to private practice, beginning his work with Schapira and Green, followed by a tenure with Shaheen, Cappiello, Stein and Gordan. Since 2004, he has been a senior shareholder at Bernstein Shur, leading the firm’s Manchester office and serving on its board. Along with his work as general counsel for the firm, he specializes in commercial, employment, trade secret litigation.
Throughout the 36 years that he has practiced, Andru has maintained a commitment to defending the public interest and fighting for progressive causes. He recently fought to protect public funding for schools across New Hampshire, including the Claremont School funding suit, and has succeeded in overturning the state’s unfair and unconstitutional school funding system. He has continued this work by representing the city of Dover and the Dover School District in their fight for fair funding. He has represented New Hampshire’s public union members in an effort to protect their retirement security, working with the New Hampshire Retirement Security Coalition to protect public workers’ pensions. He has even defended death penalty cases in the South and before the U.S. Supreme Court. In the 2016 presidential primary, Andru served as an attorney for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign in New Hampshire, making sure that he stayed on the ballot. He later served as a delegate for Sen. Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in July, demonstrating his commitment to progressive values and to the political revolution.
His work on behalf of working class families and the public interest has been recognized through the following awards and distinctions: –NEA-NH Friend of Education –NH Civil Liberties Union Bill of Rights Award –Merrimack County Attorney of the Year –New Hampshire Association for Justice President’s Award –Concord Monitor, One Hundred People Who Shaped the New Hampshire Century –NHPR’s 25 Most Influential People in the last 25 Years –Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2002 –Israel Bernstein Public Service Award –“Best Lawyer” Recognition in Business Litigation, Employment Law, Criminal Law
Now, he wants to continue his defense of public interests by serving on New Hampshire’s Executive Council. A remnant of the state’s colonial past, the Executive Council exists to represent the public’s interests in the executive branch. Since the Executive Council has influence over issues ranging from Medicaid to the funding of Planned Parenthood, Andru wants to ensure that the Council reflects the progressive values of equality and justice. Andru also believes that New Hampshire’s judges should come from diverse backgrounds, that union members should not be excluded from state boards, and that the state should not threaten the funding of Planned Parenthood health centers. Andru believes that New Hampshire’s judges should come from diverse backgrounds, that union members are not excluded from state boards, and that the state does not threaten the funding of Planned Parenthood health centers. He will make sure that the state models exemplary behavior as a contractor, enacting procurement policies that favor local vendors who practice sustainability and provide their workers with living wages. The Council thus represents an excellent platform to continue the political revolution in New Hampshire, and Andru Volinsky will fight for the interests of working class families, communities of color, and women across New Hampshire.