Cele Hahn - My Biography

March 21, 1942 - April 11, 2014

Cele Hahn, after completing four terms as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, has moved on to writing and political consulting.

She entered politics for the first time as a Republican candidate for State Representative in 1994. She won that first election and no one ever ran against her again.

In March of 2002, Cele announced that she would not seek re-election for a fifth term. You can read about that decision in her column: It's Been Eight Great Years.

Cele's no-nonsense style served her well at the State House, as she made friends on both sides of the aisle. In her final term, she was the ranking Republican member on three of the Legislature's committees: the Joint Committee on Banks & Banking, Election Laws, and the House Committee on Long-Term Debt & Capital Expenditures. During her legislative career, she served for 8 years on the Insurance Committee, where she provided valuable service as a key player on conference committees for HMO reform and Non-Group Health Insurance. During her first three terms, Cele's committee assignments also included Commerce and Labor committee and the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

Representative Hahn served on Conference Committees for bills dealing with HMO reform and Unemployment Insurance. She also was appointed to the Special Commission on Non-Group Health Insurance Reforms. In 1998 she was appointed to the historic Special Ad Hoc Committee on Adoption.

She was a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) national task force on Commerce & Economic Development and served as Vice President of the National Order of Women Legislators for the 1999/2000 term--a position she was elected to by legislators from around the nation.

Before politics, Cele worked for several newspapers, including The Miami Herald, Huntington (WVA) Advertiser, Sioux City (Iowa) Journal, and the Albany (NY) Knickerbocker News. She also worked in public relations for Cranbrook Educational Community in Michigan. 

For 20 years, she and her husband Curt built, owned and operated 50,000-watt radio station WNNZ in Springfield, Massachusetts. During that time, Cele was named one of the 100 most important talk show hosts in America by the national talk radio magazine, "Talkers".

Married for 48 years, Cele and her husband Curt lived in San Francisco (San Pancho), Mexico. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Additional information of interest:

* Past President of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and first woman President of the Chamber.

*Founding member of the Westfield chapter of Zonta.

*Awarded Zonta's Merit Award for Peace & Understanding in 1989.

*Girl Scouts of Western Massachusetts Woman of Achievement Award recipient

*Corporator, Westfield Boys & Girls Club, the Springfield Quadrangle Association, the Westfield Athenaeum, and Woronoco Savings Bank (1982-1999).

* Member, Westfield Sportsman's Club, Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Westfield Woman's Club, Westfield River Watershed Association and the Order of the Eastern Star.

*Graduate of the State University of Iowa (B. A. 1964).

*Named "Conservationist of the Year 2000" by the Hampden Conservation District.

*1999 Legislator of the Year: Mental Health & Immigration Services.

*Advisory Board Member, Graduate Program for Women in Politics & Government, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

* Member of several professional and legislative associations, including the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Massachusetts Conservation and Public Safety Caucus, Massachusetts Small Town and Rural Caucus, Women Legislator's Lobby (WILL), Massachusetts Legislative Association, Massachusetts Legislature's Women's Caucus, Massachusetts Judiciary/Media Steering Committee and Westfield Republican City Committee.

* Served as Vice-president of the National Order of Women Legislators (NOWL) 1999-2000 and previously served as Corresponding Secretary.

* Listed in several Who's Who, including Who's Who in Entertainment, Who's Who in American Women, International Who's Who of Information Technology.

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