Dennis Litalien is a husband, father and grandfather. He served our country for 23 years as a United States Marine, and is a small business owner and concerned citizen of Carteret County. He is married to Renee Hawthorne, a retired government employee he met in 1997 while stationed at Camp Lejeune. Dennis has two grown children, Jason and Julie who both served honorably as Coast Guard reservists. He has lived in Eastern North Carolina almost continuously since first arriving here as a Marine in 1986.
Growing up in Nashua, NH as the fifth of six children in a tight knit, working class family, Dennis enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 18 and was appointed a warrant officer in 1986. During his career Dennis served as a nuclear, biological and chemical defense officer in Marine infantry, armor, artillery and aviation units and held numerous command billets before retiring as a commissioned chief warrant officer in 1999.
After retirement, Dennis worked as a government acquisition analyst at Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA and served as project lead for production and procurement of joint chemical-biological defense suits used by the U. S. Armed Forces and the Coast Guard.
Relocating to Carteret County in 2002, Dennis became one of the originators of a consolidated logistics support concept adopted by the Marine Corps that evolved into an enterprise of 23 unit issue facilities providing specialized combat ready equipment to Marine units world-wide.
In 2008, while continuing work as a senior logistics analyst, Dennis and Renee became small business owners, opening two successful Snap Fitness franchises in Havelock and Holly Ridge, NC. In 2015 they sold their interest in Snap Fitness Havelock while continuing ownership of Snap Fitness, Holly Ridge. Dennis is currently an operations manager for a large supply chain company supporting the V-22 Osprey program.
A Progressive Democrat, Dennis became engaged in Carteret County politics in 2012 and has worked on numerous local campaigns. He has written extensively on local issues and in 2015 helped a group of concerned citizens with getting anti-seismic blasting and offshore drilling resolutions passed by town commissions in Beaufort, Cedar Point, Emerald Isle, Morehead City and Atlantic Beach. In early 2017 Dennis worked with others to organize a successful Citizen's Moral March for Carteret County. A founding member of Citizen's Coalition of Carteret County (C4), Dennis helped to organize and served as moderator for a community opioid epidemic forum that drew state and county-wide interest and support.
Dennis has an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from Barstow College, a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Wayland University and a Master's Degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University. Each college diploma was earned off-hours while serving in the Marine Corps.
An avid Red Sox and boxing fan, Dennis became a proud, first-time grandfather in 2015 with the arrival of Kai Alexander Litalien. He lives in Williston with Renee and their dogs Holly and Monkey (AKA Lily).