Born and raised in New Hampshire, Lincoln Soldati is a statewide leader with nearly 40 years experience as a trial lawyer (both as prosecutor and defense attorney), teacher, criminal justice reformer, speaker, elected public servant, and veteran.
Lincoln has spent over 20 years in public office at the local and county level – most notably serving 9 terms as Strafford County Attorney, as well as serving on the Somersworth School Board, the Somersworth Charter Commission, and as the Mayor of Somersworth.
As Strafford County Attorney, Lincoln created the Victim Assistance protocol which has become the state standard for prosecutions and investigations into sexual assault and child abuse cases.
Lincoln spent countless hours in the state capitol advocating for criminal justice reform before several NH Senate and House committees on issues including: victim's rights and compensation, child protection, reciprocal discovery, juvenile justice, legal limits for DWI, the Bail Reform Act, competency and commitment procedures, expanding wiretap use in drug cases, and against the death penalty. Lincoln was awarded the Roger M. Fossum Award “For outstanding dedication and service on behalf of NH’s children and families.” He is perhaps most proud of his work in successfully initiating legislation to transfer the cost of a rape examination kit from the victim to the state. He also trained judges, attorneys, police, medical personnel, rape crisis counselors, and college and high school students on jurisprudence and NH's criminal justice system.
“The standard by which all other county attorneys are measured.”
- Fosters Daily Democrat
Lincoln graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Dover; University of Notre Dame, IN; and Franklin Pierce Law Center (now University of New Hampshire School of Law.)
Lincoln served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. He was raised by a feminist who worked in Civil Engineering at Pease Air Force Base, and a WWII veteran who took his talents in the kitchen to the Officers Club at Pease, Soldati’s Restaurant in Durham, and a local catering business.
Settled in a post-WWII government housing project for returning veterans, Lincoln grew up with a strong sense of pride and love for the granite state. Lincoln's energy and curiosity led him to obtain a private pilot's license and develop a number of interests, including carpentry and woodworking, music, hiking the White Mountians, fishing for stripers in the Piscataqua, and the family business - cooking. To this day, Lincoln loves being in a kitchen.
Lincoln and his wife Kathleen, both lifelong democrats, raised four children in a house that was a home to the community – the door was never locked, the holiday party was for all neighbors of all ages, and Lincoln would make breakfast for all who visited. Above all, Lincoln believes in the value of community, in neighbors helping neighbors, and building friendships that make us thrive.