Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Get entered to win tickets to Paul McCartney at Fenway June 8th with your gift today!

Nashua Representative-Elect Stacie Laughton Resigns

Image courtesy of Twitter

Nashua Representative-elect Stacie Laughton says she will resign.  In November, she was elected to represent Hillsborough County House District 31.WMUR reports that the decision was prompted by a state law forbidding felons from holding public office until the felon is discharged.

In 2008, Laughton was sentenced for conspiring to commit credit card fraud, and falsifying evidence.  After four months, her sentence was suspended pending ten years of good behavior, the Laconia Daily Sun reports.  

Laughton gained national attention as the first openly transgender person to win an election in the country.

When news of her past broke earlier this week, Republicans including the outgoing House Majority leader and the state committee chairman called for Laughton’s resignation.

In a statement, Democratic party chairman Ray Buckley said he respects Laughton’s decision not to be seated in the New Hampshire House.

As of Wednesday, however, it appears Laughton may be reconsidering. In a post on her Facebook page, Laughton reaches out to friends, telling them she is still exploring whether she can legally serve as a state representative.

"Keep in mind I have said that  I would on TV," Laughton wrote. "I have the letter in hand all I have to do is sign it and send it to the State."

You make NHPR possible.

NHPR is nonprofit and independent. We rely on readers like you to support the local, national, and international coverage on this website. Your support makes this news available to everyone.

Give today. A monthly donation of $5 makes a real difference.