Representative Walter Spilsbury (R)

Sullivan - District 8


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Home Address

PO Box 571
Charlestown, NH  03603


Seat #: 2037

Additional Information

House Committee Information
Committee Name: Ways and Means
Position:  Member
Committee Phone:  603-271-3529
Committee Function:
It shall be the duty of the Committee on Ways and Means to examine and consider the state of the treasury; to consider and report on all bills and resolutions relating to raising money by a state tax and the apportionment of same; matters relating to taxes and fees on tobacco; all dedicated funds except for the highway and turnpike funds; state fees, and all methods of raising revenue for the state; and such other matters as may be referred to it. The Committee on Ways and Means shall report to the House in the form of a resolution its estimates of state revenues on a periodic basis.

Personal Biography
Born in NY City, I was raised in Huntington, NY, graduating from Huntington High School, before attending Bowdoin College (BA, Magna Cum Laude, majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies, 1976). I later earned a JD degree from University of Washington Law School (1980) and an MBA degree from Columbia University (1992). I began my legal career in Washington, DC as a legislative assistant for Senator Warren Magnusen (D-WA), soon becoming Maritime Counsel on the majority staff of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, working directly with Senator Slade Gorton(R-WA). In 1983, I joined Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering as an associate attorney representing regulated common carriers; later I joined Graham & James, focusing my legal practice on international trade and transportation. In mid-1985, I moved to New Jersey to work in the legal counsel's office of Sea-Land Service, Inc., the leading containerized shipping company, where my ultimate position for several years was as Marketing Director, Europe/Mid-East in Rotterdam, Netherlands. After marriage, Maureen and I settled in Connecticut where I worked independently as a financial consultant to small businesses, guiding them in organizing and re-organizing their financial structure. Over those years, I actively invested in real estate and helped launch several small independently owned businesses. Retired by 2008, we moved to Charlestown, NH, where my sons have been educated and grown up.
Local Government Involvement
Appointed, Charlestown Heritage Commission, September 2009, and served as its chairman from 2011-13.
Appointed, Charlestown School Withdrawal Study Committee, 2019-20; appeared before the NH Board of Education.
Elected, Charlestown Finance Committee for a 3-year term, March 2018.
Elected, Charlestown Planning Board for a 3-year term, March 2018. Voted chairman, April 2020.
Miscellaneous Information:
Active in supporting various local civic groups; primarily the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 31, Charlestown since September 2008, as Scoutmaster from July 2009 to January 2017, and as committee chairman since then. Eagle Scout. Passionate about education, history and the design of old homes, traditional boats, and classic cars. Nicknamed "Terry". Married to Maureen for 29 years with two wonderful sons, aged 24 and 21.