On Friday, December 16, 2022, Judy Reardon, a political powerhouse in Manchester, was reported dead.
She passed away at 64 years old.
She was most recognized for her career contributions to politics in Manchester and New Hampshire, particularly for her time spent serving as Jeanne Shaheen’s chief counsel and political strategist (D-NH).
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Judy Reardon died on Friday aged 64 after a long period of illness. Families and colleagues took to social media to post condolence messages for the demise of Judy Reardon.
Friends and Colleagues Posted on Social Media
“We weren’t political together. We did a lot of traveling,” said Cornell. The pair traveled the world, visiting places such as Africa, Iceland, and Italy, and visiting state parks in Utah.
“We did a lot of fun things together. We were sisters, you know?”
Mike and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Judy Reardon. She was a fierce advocate, a brilliant strategist and a loyal friend. Judy was a dedicated member of the Manchester Water Commission and cherished the opportunity to protect one of our city’s best assets. pic.twitter.com/sIQaSpqhMe
— Mayor Joyce Craig (@MayorJoyceCraig) December 16, 2022
“Judy Reardon was a trailblazer and paved the way for women in NH politics and government,” Kuster wrote on Twitter following the news of Reardon’s passing. “Judy has been a dear friend for almost 40 years since we started our first jobs at the McLane Law Firm.”
Portsmouth Police Commission Chair Stefany Shaheen, daughter of Senator Shaheen, wrote on Facebook that Reardon “protected and cared for my mom,” showing immense strength under the pressure of public life. “She was as tough as they come,” she added.
U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) shared on social media that Reardon was “funny, brutally honest, and pushed those with political power to deliver real results,” adding that Reardon, “left an indelible mark not just on New Hampshire politics, but on the State of New Hampshire.”
Judy Reardon was a dear friend, a fierce advocate, and a leader and advisor who never shied away from fighting for what’s right. She was simply one of a kind, and I’ll miss her greatly. My heart goes out to Patty, Rik, and the entire family.
— Chris Pappas (@ChrisPappasNH) December 16, 2022
Hassan elaborated that Reardon was a passionate advocate for legislative policies that “expanded kindergarten to communities across the state, increased state funding to education, protected access to abortion, and expanded the rights of LGBTQ individuals, just to name a few.”
Few people have had an impact on my life, personally & professionally, as much as Judy Reardon. From the NH State Senate, to the Governor’s office and to the U.S. Senate, Judy filled numerous roles on my staff. But most importantly, she was my confidante & dear friend.
— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen) December 16, 2022