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About Karen:

Karen Liot Hill is a nineteen-year City Councilor in the City of Lebanon, NH, focusing on issues of sustainability, social justice, economic vitality, affordable housing, transparency, and inclusiveness. Karen served as Lebanon’s Mayor in 2008-09, during which time she signed onto the US Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement on behalf of the people of Lebanon. She currently sits on the City’s Economic Development Commission, Governance Committee, Joint City/School Board Task Force, and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness Commission.


In 2016, Karen was elected Treasurer of Grafton County, where she currently serves in her fourth term and is responsible for investing taxpayer dollars, securing favorable interest rates when borrowing is necessary, and exercising oversight of fiscal matters.

Karen has dedicated herself to public and community service in Lebanon, the Upper Valley region, and the State of New Hampshire, where she has served on the board of the Local Government Center, the municipal league for New Hampshire cities and towns, WISE, which supports victims of domestic and sexual violence, Vital Communities, a nonprofit that seeks to develop solutions to regional challenges in the Upper Valley, and the Lebanon Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization.


Karen is an annual presenter to Leadership Upper Valley for “Government and Politics Day,” where she facilitates a program to increase participants' knowledge and engagement with local and state government in New Hampshire and Vermont. 


Karen was the first recipient of the NH Young Democrats “Ted Kennedy Young Elected Official of the Year” prize in 2009 and was named one of New Hampshire’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2010 by the Union Leader newspaper. She is a Dartmouth Class of 2000. She graduated from college with Honors in Government and a three-year old, an achievement she is very proud of.

The Lebanon Times

Summer 2019

"Karen is a walking-talking multitasker with a deeply rooted passion for civic duty and community awareness."


Vital Communities - helped with succession planning and strategic planning, still serve on Nominating Committee

Wise - helped transition organization from rented space to permanent facility on Bank Street


Leadership Upper Valley - have led Government & Politics Day for 10 years


New Hampshire Municipal Association - statewide advocacy organization for cities and towns


Lebanon Middle School Parent Teacher Organization (LMS PTO) - past president, fostered increased coordination and collaboration between parents and admin


First Baptist Church of Lebanon - former songleader for 15+ years


Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee - founding member (was created as part of Lebanon's participation in US Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement, which I signed as Mayor in 2009)


Westboro Yard Committee (former City Council subcommittee) - worked to secure brownfields grant funding to clean up 2 acres on the north end to create a park


Lebanon Pedestrian & Bicyclist Advisory Committee - City Council representative


Lebanon Outing Club - volunteer lift attendant and concessions for many years


CATV - City Council representative


Grafton County Economic Development Commission - City Council representative


Chaired the City Task Force on the Welcoming Lebanon Ordinance/Fair & Impartial Policing to make recommendations to the City Council


Chaired the City Task Force on Homelessness to make recommendations to the City Council


City Council Governance Subcommittee


Subcommittee for the Implementation of the Master Plan


Lebanon Economic Development Commission - CURRENT City Council representative


Joint City Council/School Board Task Force - CURRENT City Council representative


Young Elected Officials Network - national organization of progressive local, county, and state leaders (honorary member, having aged out at 40 two years ago)


Lebanon, Upper Valley, Grafton County & New Hampshire Democratic Party


Executive Council District 2 includes 81 cities and towns across 6 counties. With the Plymouth area and Concord and the capital region at the Easternmost point of the district, the district stretches West to include communities at the Southernmost part of the state in the Keene & Monadnock Region, traveling North along the Connecticut River Valley to include Claremont & the Sugar River region, the Upper Valley, and as far North as Littleton and Twin Mountain in Coos County.


The district includes several distinct regions, rich in character, abundant in natural and cultural resources, and diverse in needs. Karen knows local, county, and state government in New Hampshire. She will be a valuable resource to her constituents and will be a strong voice for the 81 cities and towns of District 2 in state government.



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