Representative Peter Somssich (D)

Rockingham - District 27

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Home Address

34 Swett Avenue
Portsmouth, NH  03801-5315
Seat #: 5009

Additional Information

House Committee Information
Committee Name: Science, Technology and Energy
Position:  Member
Committee Phone:  603-271-3369
Committee Function:
It shall be the duty of the Committee on Science, Technology and Energy to consider all matters pertaining to energy, telecommunications, air pollution, the jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission, the application of technological advances to the legislative process and the operation of state government, to coordinate the flow of information about technical and scientific matters to state and federal agencies and legislative committees, to monitor legislation referred to other committees in order to make suggestions for inclusion of technological improvements where warranted, and such other matters as may be referred to it.

Personal Biography
Born in Budapest, Hungary; left during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Educated in Allentown, PA, Germany and the USA. A naturalized US citizen since 1963. A product of the cultures of Hungary, Germany and the USA. Attended high school in Germany and the USA, and earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Heidelberg, as well as a MBA in Management from Lesley College in Cambridge MA. Married with 2 children. Worked in Germany for the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg, the University of Heidelberg and the Technical University of Darmstadt. Employed as staff scientist with Balzers GmbH in Hudson, NH (1983-1984) and Sylvania Lighting, Danvers, MA (1984-2017). Active as a group worker on human rights cases for 40 years with Amnesty International. Member of professional societies, American Vacuum Society (New England Chair 2006-2016) and American Physical Society. Priorities: Energy Issues, i.e. Renewable Energy, Job Creation, Infrastructure, Affordable Healthcare. Personal Interests: Astronomy, Hungarian culture and history, European politics, photography.
Local Government Involvement
Served as Library Trustee and Landfill Commissioner for the town of Amherst, NH. Chair of the Amherst Democrats (1986-1990), Chair of Portsmouth Democrats (2004-2008). Election official at Ward 3 and Ward 4 in Portsmouth, NH. Since 2016, represents District 27, Portsmouth, in the House of Representatives.
Miscellaneous Information:
Chaired the Memorial Bridge Illumination Committee in Portsmouth, NH. Board member of SIPP. Financial organizer for both the new Portsmouth Library and the African Burying Grounds projects. Co-Chair of both the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Parade, and the End of Iraq War/Welcome Home Parade.