Environmental Scientist and Public Health Whistleblower Mindi Messmer to Run for Congress in New Hampshire’s First District
Messmer is a Scientist, Small Business Owner and NH State Representative With a Proven Track Record of Defending Science and Standing Up for Public Health
(Portsmouth, NH) – Today, environmental scientist Mindi Messmer announced she will continue Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s progressive legacy in Congress by running to succeed her in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional district. Mindi was elected to lead the 24th District of the NH House of Representatives in 2016 and has owned an environmental science consulting company, Terra Nova Environmental, since 1999. She also worked to elect Bernie Sanders and served on Senator Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Campaign’s New Hampshire steering committee in 2017.
Mindi’s work as a scientist made headlines in 2016 when she blew the whistle about what was later designated the Seacoast Cancer Cluster. In 2014 she discovered that an abnormally high number of children in New Hampshire’s Seacoast were getting cancer—an issue that the state initially sought to brush aside. She was appointed to the Governor Hassan’s Task Force in 2016 to take a leading role on the issue, and elected to the State Legislature later that year.
As a freshman state representative, Mindi has already been successful in having several pieces of sponsored legislation related to the public health and environmental issues pass into law. She has made clean drinking water, adequate environmental regulation standards and increased scrutiny for public health issues that are triggered by environmental conditions legislative priorities in office.
“I am running for Congress to ensure clean drinking water for all Americans, to take precautions to mitigate the environmental causes of cancer, and to stand up to industry-backed attacks on science federal agencies like the EPA by Scott Pruitt and others,” said Mindi. “At a time when the EPA is being dismantled, and environmental policy and regulations are being decimated, I vow to fiercely advocate for evidence-based policy if elected to Congress.”
A third-generation labor union member, Mindi grew up hearing about her mother’s fights for nurses’ rights as vice president of SEIU 1199 NY in New York City, and her grandfather’s action that formed a labor union to protect worker safety at Rheingold Brewery in the Bronx after his coworker and friend died on the job.
“Fighting for workers’ rights and constituents is engrained in my fiber. Our families are overworked, under-employed and one debilitating family illness away from bankruptcy,” said Mindi. “We need to support and re-vitalize labor and implement a $15 minimum wage. We have to provide students with an affordable public education, and make sure they can get a commensurate job when they get out of school and are not saddled with student loan debt. We must ensure that like every other major developed country, every American has access to affordable, high quality medical care regardless of household income. I am not a lifelong politician, but there are plenty of politicians, lawyers, and big business owners in D.C. who don’t work for 99% of us. It’s time for fresh faces who will work for the people, not special interests and are not afraid to take bold steps.”
Mindi graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Earth Science and studied Geology and Hydrogeology at the University of New Hampshire. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Clinical and Translational Science at Georgetown University and expects to receive her degree in the summer of 2018. Mindi is a married mother of two teenage sons and lives in Rye, NH.