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Arnesen was the first woman in New Hampshire state history nominated for Governor by major party. She has played a pivotal role in the political education of several “generations” of Fellows from the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. These senior-level practitioners of international affairs from around the world – diplomats, ambassadors, politicians, military officers, heads of NGOs, journalists, and business leaders – have had the privilege of learning from Ms. Arnesen about both state and national politics, including New Hampshire’s important role in the selection of presidential candidates.
The New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters chose Arnesen as the Air Personality of the Year in 2004 and 2005, as well as the Air Personality of the Year for TV in 2008. In 2000, Talkers Magazine recognized her as one of the 100 most powerful talk show hosts in America.
She began her political career in 1984 when she was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. In 1990 she received national recognition as the recipient of the Council of State Government’s Toll Fellowship, which recognizes the 30 best and brightest emerging leaders in the nation from all three branches of state government. That same year she was named Environmentalist of the Year by the NH Sierra Club, Citizen of the Year by the NH Association of Social Workers and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s School of Public Health.
In 1992, after a hotly contested primary, Arnesen became the first woman in state history to be nominated by a major party for Governor. After the ’92 campaign, Arnesen taught Political Science at New England College, ran the Wiss Institute for Public Policy Research, and was elected to the National Board of Common Cause. In 1996 she was the Democratic nominee for Congress. Her loss led to a Fellowship at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a faculty position at Franklin Pierce College.