Senator Sue Prentiss is serving her second term for the New Hampshire Senate for District 5. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Sue moved to the Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire in early 1992 and settled in Lebanon in 2004. With a passion for public service, Senator Prentiss quickly got involved in local issues. In 2009, Sue ran for Lebanon City Council where she served from 2009 to 2021. From 2017 to 2019, Prentiss also served as Mayor of Lebanon.
Outside of public service, Sue serves as the Executive Director of the American Trauma Society—an organization dedicated to the elimination of needless death and disability from injury. At the ATS, Sue works on the development and enhancement of trauma systems, regionalized systems of care, and resources to assist providers in the treatment of trauma patients.
She has more than twenty years of leadership experience in emergency medical services at the state, regional, and national levels. Prentiss previously served as New Hampshire’s first female Chief of EMS at the Department of Safety and the state’s Trauma System Coordinator. Sue continues to hold her Paramedic certification.
In the Senate, Sue sits on the Health and Human Services Committee and on the Senate Education Department for the second term. In her first term, she served in the Executive Departments and Administration committees. Senator Prentiss has been a champion for working families, public safety, and Emergency Medical Services. Senator Prentiss was appointed to the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) in 2020. Sue graduated from Saint Michael’s College, the University of Phoenix, Senior Executive in State and Local Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Leadership NH Class of 2014, and is a 2016 NH Hoffman-Haas Fellow.
Sue and her husband, Chris, live in West Lebanon. Their daughter, Phoebe, lives and works in Washington, D.C.
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
EMS Advocate of the Year Award — March 2023
National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) — 2020
Named Hoffman-Hass Fellow, NH Center for Not-for-Profits — January 2016
Nominated and admitted to Leadership NH Program — Class of 2014
Meritorious Service Award, City of Concord Fire Department — March 2013
Appointed to PEGASUS Steering Committee, building evidence based guidelines for EMS, Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine — November 2013- current
NH Fire “Academy Award”, NH Fire Standards and Training Commission — November 2012
Selected for the “Dedication” of the 2011 NH Statewide Patient Care Protocols
North Country Public Safety Foundation President’s Award — October 2010
Meritorious Service Medal, NH Fire and EMS Committee of Merit — October 2010
David J. Connor, MD, EMS Memorial Appreciation Award for EMS & Trauma System Achievement — October 2008
Chief Medical Officer — Designated by the Center for Public Safety Excellence — July 2008 (one of the first eleven in country to receive as well as first female)