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Staff Snapshots | Cameron Lapine

October 20, 2022

Hometown: North Adams, Mass.

Role: Legislative Aide, New Hampshire State Senate

Years of legislative service: Four years of employment, plus one year as an intern.

Who inspires him: “The United States Women’s National Soccer Team and their efforts to combat sexism and achieve equality.”

Why did you choose to work at the legislature?

Every day presents different challenges. One day I can be working on health policy and later in the week I can be helping a constituent with housing issues. Working for the General Court allows me to experience a wide breadth of different situations, topics and policy areas and build a broad knowledge base.

What skill or talent are you most proud of?

My ability to turn quality work around in a tight time frame. Often during the legislative session, my committee (Health and Human Services) will hold multi-hour hearings on up to six or seven bills on a Wednesday and my reports have to be submitted by end of day on Friday. I am required to complete these reports while still maintaining the offices of two senators, who each have their own committees, priorities and constituents.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

Simply to show up, do the work in front of you, do it well, and you’ll reap the benefits.

What’s one thing you love about your state?

I love that New Hampshire has a little bit of everything: beaches in the Seacoast Region, hiking in the North Country, epic natural beauty in the Lakes Region, and the ease of urban amenities in the Southern Tier—all of which can be accessed in just one day.

What are you currently reading/listening to/watching?

I’m reading “1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft and Debs,” by James Chase. I’m listening to “Unholy” by Sam Smith and Kim Petras. And I’m watching “House of the Dragon” on HBO and “Andor” on Disney+.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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