Republicans Re-double Their Focus on Jobs and the Economy
Concord--House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt today announced moves aimed at strengthening his leadership team as the legislature heads toward the opening of the 2012 session.  "The people of New Hampshire were exceptionally clear during the last election; people need jobs, employers need breathing room and government must be smaller, more efficient and one that actually works for the people.  The additions to my leadership team illustrates my commitment to furthering this effort." said Bettencourt.
Representative Laurie Sanborn of Henniker, who currently sits on the House Ways and Means Committee,  will join the leadership team as the Assistant Deputy Majority Leader. "In 2011, Representative Sanborn proved her leadership skills through her creation of the job-and-business focused House Business Coalition.  Through her efforts, more than 100 representatives united to become the largest and most powerful voice for small business and job creation issues in the legislature," added Bettencourt.  Along with her husband, State Senator Andy Sanborn, the pair were both recently selected as two of the top 20 emerging leaders of the Republican Party at the 2011 National GOPAC conference in Washington, DC.
Acknowledging the need to focus on the state's largest agency, The Department Health and Human Services (HHS), Majority Leader Bettencourt has asked Rep. Tom Keane of Bow to join the ranks of his policy leadership team as an Assistant Majority Leader.  "Tom is a member of our  Finance Committee and has a history of working at the agency as Director of the Division of Behavior Health, and as such, possesses a deep and full working knowledge of the intricacies of this agency.  His knowledge base will be invaluable as we move forward with projecting HHS programs into the 21st century."   said Bettencourt. 
Rep. John Graham of Bedford will join Bettencourt's team as the Assistant Deputy Majority Whip and will assist the Majority Whip, Peter  Silva of Nashua and his Deputy Majority  Whip Betsy Patten of Moultonborough.  "Rep. Graham, now working his fifth term in the legislature, has shown consistent, consensus building and a team oriented approach to interacting with his fellow members of the House.  His deep working knowledge of the House will truly be an asset." added Bettencourt.
In announcing the additions to his leadership team, Bettencourt also emphasized that House  Republican Leadership remains completely focused on clearing the way for job growth and economic expansion by continuing to rein in excessive government. 
"Our Republican members have done so much positive work in the past year and I am excited to continue down the path of responsible, affordable governance. I am proud and thankful of my fellow Republican members for their support, efforts and work to date.  Our commitment to, and efforts on behalf of, the people of New Hampshire has delivered a smaller, more affordable state government, a balanced budget, tax cuts regulatory reform and fairness to our taxpayers." he added.
The Majority Leader acknowledged that there is still much work to be done in restoring traditional New Hampshire values and returning the state to the position as the best place in American to live, work and play.  "With this leadership team, along with our entire committed caucus, I know we can achieve amazing things together," concluded Bettencourt.