Former New Hampshire Congressman Paul Hodes will serve as Senior Campaign Advisor and New Hampshire state director for Marianne Williamson’s Presidential campaign, the candidate announced today as she embarks on a four-day swing through the Granite State.

“Paul has spent a lifetime as a powerful voice for the spiritual and moral values that should be driving our Democracy,” Williamson said.  “As an incredibly popular Congressman and one of President Obama’s earliest supporters, Paul brings a wealth of political experience to our campaign.”

"I'm honored to join the Marianne Williamson campaign for President,” Hodes said. “I look forward to helping her bring her call for a spiritual renewal of our Democracy to New Hampshire and the Nation.”

In 2006 Hodes was elected as a United States Representative from New Hampshire’s second district in 2006, serving two terms. He was chosen by his colleagues as President of the historic 2006 freshman class. He was a Vice-Chair of the Secure Energy and Environment Coalition. Hodes was the Democratic candidate for the United States Senate from New Hampshire in 2010.

Hodes was the first member of Congress from an early primary state to endorse then-Senator Obama for President and served as a National Co-Chairman of his 2008 campaign, appearing frequently in national media outlets representing the campaign.  He has also subsequently been a frequent guest on national cable news, including MSNBC, CNBC, NECN and on Bloomberg business news helping to describe and explain the changing regulations in the financial sector. Hodes is the host of “Off the Record with Paul Hodes” a thrice-weekly show aired on WKXL AM-FM and heard as a podcast on Google, Stitcher and iTunes.

Throughout his career, Hodes has also devoted substantial time to community service, the not-for-profit sector and advancing the arts in New Hampshire, including service as a New Hampshire State Councilor for the Arts. In recognition of his arts and entertainment background and congressional service, Hodes was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Council on The Arts which oversees the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hodes is a graduate of Dartmouth College (1972) and Boston College Law School (1978). He began his legal career in 1978 under former United States Supreme Court Justice David Souter in the criminal justice division of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office.

He has served as an advisory board member of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and The Rudman Center. Hodes also advises Arts4NH, the statewide advocacy organization for the arts in New Hampshire.