District 10: Alstead, Chesterfield, Gilsum, Harrisville, Hinsdale, Keene, Marlborough, Nelson, Roxbury, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Walpole, Westmoreland, and Winchester

Current Committees: Education; Judiciary

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Contact Information:
Legislative Office Building, Room 102
33 North State Street
Concord, NH 03301

Office Phone: 603-271-2709; Cell Phone: 603-381-2930
Email: Jay.Kahn@leg.state.nh.us

Years Served in the Senate: 2017-18, 2019-20, 2021-22 (Current)

Profession: Higher education finance, planning, and accreditation consultant. Prior to serving in the state Senate, higher education administrator over 43 years, 28 years at Keene State College as Vice President for Finance and Planning (27 years) Interim President 2012-2013

Education: Bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL; Master's degree from University of Illinois-Springfield; and Ph.D. in Political Science, Policy Studies from University of Illinois-Chicago

Professional & Community Affiliations: Education Commission of the States, Commissioner; NH Research and Industry Council; Southwestern Community Services; Past chairman of Cheshire Medical Center Board of Trustees; Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce; Monadnock Economic Development Corporation; Keene City Councilor; Past Director, Society of College and University Planning; New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Higher Education Commission Board Member; National Association of College and University Business Officer, mentor and past board member

Recognition: American Institute of Architects-NH, lifetime honorary member; Keene State College Alumni Association, lifetime honorary member

Family: Senator Kahn is married to his wife Cheryl and they have two children and two grandchildren

Personal: Senator Kahn has made public service his career and avocation for 47 years. After 15 years in higher education policy and finance roles in Illinois, Dr. Kahn came to Keene State College where he served as Vice President for Finance and Planning for 27 years, Interim President in 2012-2013, and adjunct faculty in management and economics. His interest in student success is demonstrated in the classroom, student activities, interpersonal growth opportunities, in building town gown relationships and in creative and sustainable campus design, which together earned him national recognition. He served on the national boards of the Society for College and University Planning, and National Association of College and University Business Officers. He served as a commissioner on the regional accrediting board, the New England Association of Colleges and Universities. In recognition of his contributions, the American Institute of Architects-NH named him a lifetime honorary member in 2013 and the Keene State College Alumni Association named him a lifetime honorary member in 2016.

In his community roles, Jay has led library boards in Illinois, and in the Monadnock region he's led the boards of the Cheshire Medical Center, Monadnock Economic Development Corporation, and the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce. Jay retired from Keene State College in 2016, around the same time he was elected to the Keene City Council.

Senator Kahn enters his third term representing District 10 including Keene and 14 other Cheshire County towns in southwestern New Hampshire. He is a member of the Senate's Education Committee and is a member of the Judiciary Committee. He is also the Senate's appointee to the Education Commission of the States and serves on the New England Board of Higher Education Legislative Committee.