Representative Betty Gay (r)

Rockingham - District 8

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Home Address

10 Woodmeadow Drive
Salem, NH  03079-2336
Seat #: 1006

Additional Information

House Committee Information
Committee Name: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs
Position:  Member
Committee Phone:  603-271-3565
Committee Function:
It shall be the duty of the Committee on Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs to consider all matters concerning the health of the inhabitants of the state; vital statistics; medical and related professions; the administration of welfare activities by the state government; matters relating to the special needs of our elderly citizens and such other matters as may be referred to it.

Personal Biography
Born in Galveston ("BOI"), I grew up in a small town on the mainland, LaMarque. After graduation from LMHS, I got a B.S. in chemistry from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas,then worked at Mobil Chemical while my first husband got his degree. We moved up herewith a brand new baby, who later graduated from Salem High (and went on to become a teacher, from college Japanese and English as a Second Language to an Orton-Gillingham certified teacher of dyslexic children), and a B.A. from UNH and an M.A. from the UMichigan. Five years later I had my son, who also graduated from SHS and UNH. with an engineering degree. Both live in NH with their families.

For many years I was a full time mom who did a lot of fundraisers for local charities, which led to working for Mass Easter Seals fundraiser events (to entice more generous corporate fundraising), which led to working in a cleanroom at M/A-COM until they needed me to create a way to document new products and work instructions. After the merger and my layoff, I went back to creating fundraisers in town.
Local Government Involvement
The month after we moved to Salem, I attended my first town meeting and was hooked. From then on I only missed the meetings if I were sick. It took me several years before I was able to join the Salem GOP and run for delegate. Then I ran for Supervisor of the Checklist and lost by 100 votes. I couldn't understand why that received praise! After refusing the invitation to run for Rep twice, I finally relented, designed my signs, paid for them, and asked 60 friends permission to use their lawn. These past four years have been challenging but very rewarding.
Miscellaneous Information:
From my mother I learned about medicine and math and a fascination with people. From my father I learned a passion for gardening and canning and reading everything from book to cereal boxes. From my best childhood friend who was too shy to go by herself, I learned to play tennis for my high school, which later led to racquetball and now walk aerobics to keep those new brain cells generating. From my brother I learned that you can leave a bad marriage and try for a good one. From my husband I learned that you can work hard without complaining and life is a lot more enjoyable when the work is shared. And he wants you to know that he taught me that a garage can be emptied enough to hold cars!