In 2014, I became aware that children were getting rare cancers in the Rye area. Moms were talking at playgrounds and in social circles about the children who were getting sick with cancers that had very poor prognoses.

Having spent 28 years as an environmental scientist I set out to get to the bottom of this. After two years of talking to families, doctors and gathering information along with persistently following up with the State of New Hampshire, they finally determined that there was in fact a cancer cluster in our five-town area.

They went on to say that they planned to continue to watch for additional cases of cancers but would not follow with any other action. Having a long history of environmental industry experience, I was dumbfounded. I asked questions such as, are you going to test the water or the soil at their homes or try to find common links? The answer was no. The DHHS report was going to be placed on the state website.

I knew it was my duty to act as a concerned citizen and environmental scientist. I alerted the press to these findings and as a result the state worked with local residents and Governor Hassan created a Task Force on which I was proud to serve.

As a result, I was encouraged to run for State Representative. Although at first I doubted the need for scientists in government, I now see the crucial perspective  we can provide in policy making.

At a time when the EPA is being dismantled, and environmental policy and regulations are being decimated, we need people in office to drive evidence-based policy. Despite being encouraged to sit back and wait to propose legislation and while serving in a legislative super-minority, I drafted and got three important pieces of legislation passed and signed into law, which deal with some very important issues in my district and the state. I have a proven track record of bipartisan coalitions that put people first, work hard for them, and keep constituents engaged and informed.  

I am a third-generation labor union member. I grew up hearing about my mother’s fights for nurses' rights as vice president of SEIU 1199NY in New York City, and my grandfather’s action that formed a labor union to protect worker safety at Rheingold Brewery in the Bronx after his coworker and friend died on the job. As a woman who began working in the late 1980s in a male-dominated field, I had my own challenges to overcome, directing drillers operating rigs and being under-recognized for scientific work.

Fighting for workers’ rights and constituents is engrained in my fiber. Our families are overworked, under-employed and one debilitating family illness away from bankruptcy. We need to support and re-vitalize labor and implement a $15 minimum wage. We have to provide students with an affordable public education, and make sure they can get a commensurate job when they get out of school and are not saddled with student loan debt.

It’s no wonder we have an opioid crisis – people have to overcome these challenges and try to provide for their children and family members. The opioid crisis is a complex problem that requires entrusting and investing in the medical profession, not the criminal justice system. We need a more proactive approach that assumes chemicals are guilty of causing disease until proven innocent, and that keeps chemical industry influence out of the EPA. We need to protect and enact regulatory standards that protect our drinking water and the environment to prevent illness, chronic disease, and cancer.

Every life is important; not one is expendable. Healthcare is a basic human right and the US needs to join every other major country by expanding Medicare to make it available for everyone.  

I am not a seasoned politician. But there are plenty of life-long politicians, lawyers, and big business owners in D.C. who don’t work for 99% of us. Time for fresh faces who will work for the people, not special interests. I'm considering throwing my hat in the ring. Let me know what you think about that.


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  • Wayne Merritt endorsed

    “Because she has already proven herself as a warrior for Economic, Social, Racial and Environmental Justice and is going to take the Political Revolution that Bernie Sanders started to the U.S. House of Representatives!”

  • Caroline Lawless endorsed

    “Mindi fights for change that will benefit not just the here & now but the future as well. She has been and will continue to fight for issues that have long term, lasting impact on our future generations.”

  • MJ Baumann endorsed

    “We need to have policy makers who understand science!”

  • Anne Feuer endorsed

    “We need clear headed science people making policies!”

  • Susanne Veal endorsed

    “I support Mindi Messmer because she is a passionate advocate for safe drinking water and a clean environment.”

  • Fran Ludwig endorsed

    “Mindi has true interest in the welfare of the people of NH and of the environment--the common good.”

  • Carol DiPirro endorsed

    “I endorse Mindi Messmer because she generally is concerned about clean water in NH and the health of the citizens and really understands the science.”

  • Sherry Frost endorsed

    “I am endorsing Mindi because we need more scientists, clear-thinkers, and progressives in Congress.”

  • Tom Maher endorsed

    “Her voice is needed in Washington.”

  • Kim Loosmann endorsed

    “A Scientist - An IDEAL Politician! Thank you for working so hard to ensure clean air and water for NH citizens!”

December 9, 2017

Senate Tax Scam


As each day passes, the status of the tax reform legislation now under consideration in Washington gets murkier and murkier. The same people who were once pledging to create a tax code so simple that the average person could file their return on a postcard are now trying to iron out confusing differences in the bills passed by the House and the Senate.

For individual taxpayers, both versions of the bill are a complex, mixed bag. While the standard deduction will increase, deductions that many homeowners depend on for mortgage interest and state and local taxes will likely be capped or eliminated. As a result, homeowners will feel the pinch and so will our housing industry. The potential elimination of the individual health care mandate would also lead to a spike in insurance premiums for people who are self-employed or don’t get coverage through an employer. When the shell game is finally over, it’s very likely that the tax bill will create more losers than winners—especially if the tax cuts are allowed to expire in 2025, as they would under the Senate bill.

The big corporations and those in the high tax brackets are the winners. Eliminating or capping inheritance tax would be a huge win for wealthy donors—not to mention the sons and daughter of our billionaire President. Meanwhile, even as the corporate tax rate is slashed to 20%, several CEOs readily admit the bulk of any tax savings will likely go back to shareholders instead of being used to create new jobs or drive innovation.

According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, the final bill would also likely add at least $1 trillion to the national deficit. Rather than make changes to the bill to make it revenue neutral, Republicans have attacked the Joint Committee on Taxation's conclusions and argued that economic growth will close any deficit. And if it doesn’t? Expect them to argue in a year or two that programs like Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid are “unaffordable” and need to be slashed.

Tax reform itself isn’t a bad idea. Our taxes are too complicated. But this legislation isn’t reform. It’s a scam. A failed bill created by a failed process, rigged by failed House and Senate leadership, and rushed to votes in both the House and the Senate without meaningful public hearings or comprehensive debate—or even the time for most members of Congress to read it before voting on it. Tax experts are already pointing out unintended consequences resulting from this shoddy, poorly written legislation. These range from tax cuts on pass-through business that open the door to new tax avoidance schemes to doing things like taxing the endowments of universities without defining what constitutes an endowment.

I fully support efforts to stop this harmful and unconscionable attempt to finance a tax cut for corporations and the wealthy on the backs on students and working people. As your representative in Washington, I will always work with Republicans and Democrats trying to change the tax code to make it simpler and fairer. But I will never vote for changes that transfer wealth from low and moderate-income people to corporations and the wealthy.

We need $75,000 by the end of the month to fight corporate special interests. Only with your help can we make make our tax system fair--can you chip in $10, $25, $50, or more today to help us reach our goal?

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December 3, 2017

NHDP Announcement Speech

Rep. Mindi Messmer

1st Congressional District Democratic Candidate Forum

Manchester Public Library Auditorium

Dec. 2, 2017

My name is Mindi Messmer and I’m a proud candidate for the 1st Congressional District. You may know that I’m an environmental scientist with 30 years of experience and know my record of fighting for the health and safety of our families. You may not know that I’m also deeply influenced by a time when we made sure every generation did better than the one before.

I come from a line of union leaders – it’s where I get my perseverance and my passion. My grandfather organized a union fueled by the memories of seeing his friend die on the job. My mom led nurses in her union – and she was my biggest champion.

When I was a girl, I’d pick up rocks and examine them, always interested in the earth. My mother encouraged me to become a scientist. My mom taught me to follow my passion, no matter the obstacles, and she helped me think I could “clean the world.”

“Cleaning the world” was what I thought I was doing. Until, in 2014, when I realized that kids were sick – and some had died – in a pediatric cancer cluster on the Seacoast. I’m a scientist and when I saw what was happening, I felt empowered and thought: I am a mother who is also a scientist…I can do something about this! Which meant I was going to fight the polluters, EPA and the state regulators.

So I did.

I blew the whistle and I stood up to them. I am still standing up to them – on the Seacoast, in the New Hampshire legislature, fighting toe-to-toe with the EPA, DES, and polluters. I’ve learned that big industry cares a lot more about their profits than they do about people.

I am on the side of people.

And then, when Carol Shea-Porter made her announcement, I thought…I can do something about this!

For most New Hampshire residents, the economy is between tenuous and terrible. Our incomes are insecure, our health coverage is unstable, our retirement plans are endangered.

We see appalling racism and discrimination on the rise. And our fundamental rights and liberties are under attack.

I’m running for Congress to fight against the rich and powerful who have rigged the system against the average citizen of New Hampshire. I’m running to give everyone a fair shot, make sure everyone gives their fair share, and ensure that everyone plays by the same fair rules.

I will work to stop the deregulation and privatization of the federal government. Conservatives in Washington are dismantling government regulations and agencies that are supposed to be there to protect people.  And what they can’t dismantle, they’re selling to the highest bidder.

Whether it’s continuing to battle the EPA, take on Betsy DeVos, or block the Department of Labor from rolling back worker safety provisions or overtime – you can count on me. I will work to improve the economic security of everyone. I am a supporter of the Fight for 15, but when given the opportunity I’ll go even further. I believe everyone who works full-time should be able to take care of their family – not just financially, but also with the time and support necessary to foster its full development.

That means you can count to on me to fight for increased wages and benefits, job growth, the right to organize, paid leave, criminal justice reform, single payer, Medicare, Medicaid and social security. I won’t stop until we have an economy that really works for working people.

I will work to end discrimination and expand your rights, whether you’re a woman, a person of color, LGBTQ, a person with a disability. No matter your religion, your age or your immigration status.

As the mother of two teen boys, I’ve been deliberate about helping them understand their role and their responsibility in a misogynistic society. You can count on me to fight against sexual discrimination, harassment and assault. I will fight to protect a woman’s right and access to birth control and abortion. I will fight for the rights of trans people to access quality health care. And I will fight to make sure we have the programs and the services needed to treat our opioid and substance misuse crisis.

If you remember anything from today, remember this. I have the perseverance and the passion to work for all our citizens. I have the training and the temperament to build effective coalitions that can get things done. I am experienced in tackling large, complex challenges.

And I won’t let Trump or anyone in Congress distract me from making sure everyone’s well-being is protected, everyone is playing by the same rules, and everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

As we know too well, it’s not just enough to just be right on the issues. We need to win this seat. I’m running for Congress because we need to organize people like we’ve never organized before. We need to knock on doors, talk to our neighbors, and remind people that WE ARE ON THEIR SIDE. Our party needs to be stronger after the election than it is before.

Let’s all work together to build the transformational movement we need to take our state and our nation forward.

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November 3, 2017

Wikipedia page, blogs and legislation

I write blogs which are published by Less Cancer, a non-profit fighting to prevent cancer.  Here's a link to my blogs: https://medium.com/@mindimessmer_65573

Here's my wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Most of my legislation this year (fall 2017) is related to public health and environmental issues. Some also relates to government transparency and public access to government and other issues.  Here's a link to the bills I submitted and co-sponsored this session: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/lsr_search/LSR_Results.aspx

Here's a link to the legislation I sponsored or co-sponsored last session.  https://legiscan.com/gaits/sea...Three important commissions were formed that are now getting to work to solve complex issues in our state. 

October 31, 2017

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Wayne Merritt endorsed

    “Because she has already proven herself as a warrior for Economic, Social, Racial and Environmental Justice and is going to take the Political Revolution that Bernie Sanders started to the U.S. House of Representatives!”

  • Caroline Lawless endorsed

    “Mindi fights for change that will benefit not just the here & now but the future as well. She has been and will continue to fight for issues that have long term, lasting impact on our future generations.”

  • MJ Baumann endorsed

    “We need to have policy makers who understand science!”

  • Anne Feuer endorsed

    “We need clear headed science people making policies!”

  • Amy-Kate Andrews endorsed

  • Sarah Gao endorsed

  • Tom Sherman endorsed

  • Susanne Veal endorsed

    “I support Mindi Messmer because she is a passionate advocate for safe drinking water and a clean environment.”

  • Fran Ludwig endorsed

    “Mindi has true interest in the welfare of the people of NH and of the environment--the common good.”

  • Carol DiPirro endorsed

    “I endorse Mindi Messmer because she generally is concerned about clean water in NH and the health of the citizens and really understands the science.”

  • Theodore Bosen endorsed

  • Sherry Frost endorsed

    “I am endorsing Mindi because we need more scientists, clear-thinkers, and progressives in Congress.”

  • Tom Maher endorsed

    “Her voice is needed in Washington.”

  • Sheri Gushta endorsed

  • Nancy Murphy endorsed

  • Kim Loosmann endorsed

    “A Scientist - An IDEAL Politician! Thank you for working so hard to ensure clean air and water for NH citizens!”

  • Diane Cotter endorsed

  • Ann Wright endorsed

  • Doris J Gagne endorsed

  • Rusty Page endorsed

    “Always ready to endorse an environmental candidate.”

  • Mary Lou Marzian endorsed

    “Mindy is just what we need in Congress- tough, smart, and compassionate”

  • bonnie endorsed

  • Kathy Komar endorsed

  • Chris Hurley endorsed

    “As an environmental scientist and an experienced state rep. Mindi is the perfect person to represent us in Congress. I am proud to endorse her.”

  • Grant Whittle endorsed

    “I have recently moved to New Hampshire. I am an environmental scientist by schooling and work in the water infrastructure sector. In researching water quality issues before our move in order to protect my wife's health, I found a wealth of information provided by Mindi Messmer. I started regularly following her posts in social media. She is a true champion of the people and very committed to helping the community. I have been extremely impressed by her as a person, a scientist, and a tireless advocate for the people. How lucky New Hampshire is to have such a statesperson in public service. How lucky the whole country will be if we can send Mindi Messmer to Congress!”

  • Anne Jacobs endorsed

    “I have known Mindi since she was born. She has always been tough, committed and above all honest. I am her proud Mom.”

  • Jillian Lane endorsed

    ““I endorse Mindi Messmer because she has effectively impacted lasting change on the Seacoast and throughout the State of NH in regard to both our environmental and personal health through her tireless advocacy as well as her three thoughtful pieces legislation that were signed in to law in her first year serving as State Representative at the NH Statehouse. Mindi is the voice of the people and we need more of that!””

  • Caroline French endorsed

    “https://medium.com/@mindimessmer_65573”

  • Kathryn Bivona endorsed

  • Cheri K Falk endorsed

    “We need more strong, intelligent, compassionate women like Ms.Messmer in NH government!”