Sen. Scott McGilvray taking leave of absence as teachers union head

Monitor staff
Published: 2/16/2017 6:54:24 PM

Democratic state Sen. Scott McGilvray is taking a leave of absence as president of New Hampshire’s largest teachers union for health reasons, he said in a statement Thursday. He is not stepping down from the Senate, where he represents Bow, Dunbarton, northern Manchester, Candia and Hooksett.

“It has become necessary to prioritize my health over my job for the time being, but my first priority will always be to serve the people of Senate District 16,” he said in a statement. McGilvray didn’t divulge any details about his health and asked the public to respect his privacy on the matter.

McGilvray kept his post leading NEA-New Hampshire, which pays him more than $160,000 a year, after being elected to the Senate, despite criticism from his opponent that it represented a potential conflict of interest. NEA-New Hampshire represents roughly 16,000 public school teachers and support staff.

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