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About Iz

Hi! My name is Iz. I'm currently serving my first term as State Representative for Hillsborough District 9, which is coextensive with Manchester's Ward 2. I represent Ward 2 along with my friend and colleague Rep. Linda DiSilvestro.

I was born and raised in New Hampshire. My parents are both public school teachers, and I attended public schools myself. I first became interested in politics in high school when I competed (with my classmates) in a New Hampshire constitutional law and civics competition. Eventually, after four years of college in Maine and three years of law school in Boston, I returned to New Hampshire to start my legal career.

I support Democratic initiatives because I know firsthand how they can help level the playing field for hard-working people. My father is a South American immigrant who met my mother while she was serving in the Peace Corps. My dad spoke no English when he moved to New Hampshire thirty years ago, and at times worked multiple jobs while also learning a new language. Sometimes, though, my parents couldn't quite make ends meet and had to rely on food stamps, Medicaid, and other government programs to provide for our family.

Thanks to this state support, my parents were able to feed their young family, get medical care, and buy a home. Now, my parents are both public school teachers with masters degrees. My father is an American citizen and valued member of the community. My brother is also a New Hampshire schoolteacher. That's why I support issues like Medicaid expansion, raising the minimum wage, and paid family leave: I know that sometimes good folks just need a little help during the hard times.

As for me, my law practice focuses on representing New Hampshire residents in a variety of civil litigation matters. I am a proud board member of the New Hampshire Association for Justice, a statewide organization working to preserve a fair and effective justice system.

In my free time, I enjoy playing music and watching Boston sports, particularly the Red Sox.

Iz Piedra

  • State Representative serving Manchester Ward 2.
  • Lifelong New Hampshire resident; attended public schools.
  • Son of two public school teachers.
  • Graduate of Bates College and Boston College Law School.
  • Attorney representing individuals and local businesses.


When I was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2018, I pledged that I would support legislation that benefited working Granite Staters, not just corporations and the wealthy.

With the help of my Democratic colleagues in the House, I was able to deliver on that commitment. Despite the abbreviated 2020 legislative session, during the biennium we passed dozens of important bills relating to education, health care, the environment, criminal justice reform, LBTQ+ rights, and many other areas. Unfortunately, many important bills – even ones with bipartisan support – were vetoed by Governor Sununu.

Below is a small sampling of bills passed by the House in the 2019-2020 term. I look forward to continuing this legislative progress if re-elected by the citizens of Ward 2!

Selected Legislation

Category Description Bill Year
Education Increased state adequacy funding by $138 million statewide HB3 2019
COVID-19 Allowed absentee voting for COVID-19 related concerns HB 1266 2020
Economic Security Established a Paid Family and Medical Leave insurance program* SB 1* 2019
Environment Omnibus PFAS bill, creating a Remediation Fund, setting maximum contaminant limits for PFAS in drinking water HB 1264 2020
Environment Increased penalties and fines for air pollution and water pollution HB 614 2019
Healthcare Increased transparency in pharmaceutical costs SB 226 2019
Racial Justice Prohibited the use of chokeholds by law enforcement HB 1645 2020
Healthcare Reduced and capped the cost of insulin to $30 per month HB 1280 2020
Economic Security$12 Minimum Wage* SB 10* 2019 and 2020
Opioid crisis Established opioid abatement trust fund to create prevention programs HB 614 2020
Voting rights Bill establishing an Independent Redistricting Commission to help prevent partisan gerrymandering* HB 706* 2019
Transportation Funded development phase of capitol corridor rail project SB 241 2019
Child protection Fully funded DCYF to hire additional child protective workers SB 6 2019
* Vetoed by Governor Sununu

Press &

Concord Monitor (Oct. 18, 2021): Teaching the art of civil discourse

InDepthNH (Sept. 10, 2021): Disabled Democratic Lawmakers Argue Again for Remote Sessions

Associated Press (Sept. 10, 2021): Legislative Access (Aug. 20, 2021): NH Bar Leaders Celebrate NHBA Leadership Academy Incoming Class

Law360 (Apr. 9, 2021): NH Speaker Not Immune From Suit Over Virtual Vote Ban

Union Leader (Apr. 5, 2021): Appeals court hears discrimination case filed by NH state reps against House speaker

Union Leader (Mar. 6, 2021): State House Dome: Redistricting takes shape

WMUR (Feb. 19, 2021): Lawyers argue ‘legislative immunity’ during hearing on dispute over remote access to House sessions

WMUR (Feb. 18, 2021): NH Primary Source: Speaker Packard names 15-member NH House Redistricting Committee

NH Latino News (Nov. 5, 2020): Iz Piedra wants lawmakers to better reflect the state they serve

Concord Monitor (Oct. 30, 2020): Some of N.H.'s minority state reps reflect on their role in 2020

New Hampshire Public Radio (Oct. 29, 2020): Some of N.H.'s State Reps Of Color Reflect On Their Role In A Tumultuous Year

Conway Daily Sun (May 14, 2020): Democrats letter urging Sununu to mandate masks

Manchester Ink Link (Feb. 2, 2020): Two Manchester officials endorse Mayor Pete on Sunday

Nashua Telegraph (July 2019): Israel Piedra: Nashua Telegraph 40 Under Forty

NBC News (June 20, 2019): These are 2019's best states to live in. Here's what they do differently.

New Hampshire Bar News (Apr. 17, 2019): Israel Piedra: Manchester's "Warrior for Justice"

Stay Work Play (Mar. 8, 2019): Meet State Rep. Israel “Iz” Piedra

Concord Monitor (Nov. 30, 2018): For new, young lawmakers, work-life balance just got a lot harder

Manchester Ink Link (July 1, 2018): Youthful enthusiasm: Manchester millennials running in midterms


  • National Education Association -- New Hampshire
  • AFL-CIO -- New Hampshire
  • American Federation of Teachers -- New Hampshire
  • Sierra Club
  • Our Moment
  • NH Stonewall Democrats
  • End Citizens United
  • Run for Something
  • Let America Vote