Peter Bragdon was raised in Amherst, part of the fourth generation of his family to work the former Bragdon Farm on Route 101, land now preserved for conservation and recreation. Peter's family farmed land in Amherst, Merrimack and Bedford into the 1990s. He attended public schools in Amherst and Milford before entering the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, where he earned a BS degree in computer science, with a math minor.

Peter was elected to the New Hampshire state Senate in 2004 and currently serves as senate president. He also serves on the Finance and Internal Affairs committees. Previous committee assignments include Education (chairman), Commerce, Energy and Economic Development, and Health and Human Services.

In addition to his state service, Peter is active in local government, serving as a member of the Milford School Board since 1997. He has been elected chairman by his fellow board members a dozen times, in recognition of his ability to bring members with diverse viewpoints together to solve major issues.

Senator Bragdon has a strong business background. He is the former president of Achieve! Technology, an Amherst software company helping companies around the country comply with safety and environmental regulations from OSHA and EPA, where he led the company to a position on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in America. Peter also published a local newspaper and taught high school math for a number of years.

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