National Foundation for Women Legislators Acknowledges Lynne Ober with an Excellence Award
December 2, 2016
submitted by National Foundation for Women Legislators
The National Foundation for Women Legislators Selected State Representative Lynne Ober as a 2016 Elected Women of Excellence Award winner.
This award was created to identify women who have worked tirelessly, often breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles that once seemed insurmountable, to serve their communities. These pacesetters have engendered an environment where women can now serve in public office and fight for the issues they are passionate about.
The Women of Excellence winners were honored at a ceremony at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel on Wednesday Nov. 16, during the 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.
“Part of the spirit of NFWL is that we take time to acknowledge the significant accomplishments of the women around us and we are delighted to recognize this year’s honorees,” remarked NFWL Chair Delaware Representative Helene Keeley.
Representative Ober is very active in her community as well as an excellent legislator who is often called upon to help craft legislation that has positive impacts across New Hampshire. This last session Ober chaired one of the Drug Task Force committees. “Our goal was to not only join the fight against illegal drugs, but to find a way to provide much more treatment for our residents,” she stated.
Ober also chaired the House committee that worked on refining Drug Court legislation, which provides a treatment plan for addicts (both alcohol and drug addicts) who have committed felonies and will commit to getting sober, securing a job and becoming productive citizens. She was able to work collaboratively with the Senate as the bill was passed by the House, immediately accepted by the Senate, and become law.
As chairman of House Finance Division I and vice chairman of House Finance, she worked diligently to ensure that programs were funded, including an additional $42 million for addiction recovery and mental health treatment. Although that budget was initially vetoed by the governor, the legislature overrode that veto.
Ober is very responsive to her constituents and works to help them find good solutions to their issues, but she also helps other representatives find solutions as well. Known as a knowledgeable resource, Ober is very detailed oriented and understands that solutions need to resolve all details.
“I was honored and humbled by the award,” said Ober. “I was fortunate in leading a great team for the work we accomplished this past session. Writing good legislation is definitely a team effort.”
The winners were nominated by their colleagues and constituents from their home states and then chosen by a distinguished panel of NFWL members.