Frank's Footnotes Newsletter: Another Busy Work Week in New Hampshire

Honoring Our Heroes: The Greenland Police Shootings

Our state was touched by tragedy Thursday evening. A team of law enforcement officers were executing a search warrant in Greenland when gunfire erupted. Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney was killed. Four other brave officers were wounded: Detective Eric Kulberg of the University of New Hampshire Police Department, Detective Gregory Turner of the Dover Police Department, Detective Scott Kukesh of the Newmarket Police Department, and Detective Jeremiah Murphy of the Rochester Police Department.

My wife Morgan and I join with all Granite Staters in sending our thoughts and prayers to Chief Maloney’s family, friends, and colleagues. We also continue our prayers for the four officers who were injured in the incident and hope for their full recovery.

Thursday’s incident reminds us of the dedication displayed by all of New Hampshire’s first responders. Day in and day out, they serve us with the utmost professionalism and dignity. In the wake of yesterday’s tragic events, we remind all members of our law enforcement community that Granite Staters stand behind them in full support and appreciation of their bravery and sacrifice.

Students Hold a Q & A For Their Congressman: Talking with kids in Derry and Goffstown

Kids are rarely shy about asking questions, and they posed some good ones for me recently. As part of this District Work Week’s activities, I visited two schools. I was at Pinkerton Academy in Derry bright and early Tuesday morning, where I met with social studies students. I told them what a typical day is like working for New Hampshire’s interests on Capitol Hill, and answered their questions about serving in Congress. My thanks to Social Studies Chair Roger Konstant and teachers Peter Murphy, Gary Daigle, Beth McGarty and Karlene Linxweiler for hosting me.

On Friday morning, I spent a delightful hour with 8th Graders at Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown. Thanks to teachers Andy Pyszka and Mary Grassett for their wonderful hospitality.

A special note about my visit to Mountain View: April is the Month of the Military Child and Americans are encouraged to wear purple to show support and thanks to military children for their strength and sacrifices. (Purple was chosen because it combines Army green, Navy blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Coast Guard blue). Just look at the picture above and see how much purple showed up during my visit. I’m proud of these young Granite Staters for showing their support for the children of U.S. Service Members.

Jobs In New Hampshire: Meeting with Manufacturers in Portsmouth

We all know the many challenges facing manufacturers: oppressive government regulation, stiff off-shore competition, labor disputes and even shortage of workers with the proper technical skills. As a result, the manufacturing sector has taken it on the chin in recent decades.

That’s why I’m holding three Manufacturing Summits in the coming months as a part of my ongoing "Getting Granite Staters Back to Work" jobs initiative.  On Wednesday morning, I sat down at Great Bay Community College with about three dozen representatives from the manufacturing sector for the first of these Summits.

Manufacturing remains an important component of New Hampshire’s economy. Rather than looking back at all the jobs that have been lost, we must devise a strategy to not only preserve the manufacturing jobs that remain; we must also chart a path for returning this important sector to prosperity.  Click here to read more about the summit in Foster's Daily Democrat.

Our next two Manufacturing Summits will be in Laconia on May 1st and in Manchester on June 13th. More details will be provided very soon!

Listening in Laconia: A District Discussion and Women’s Business Roundtable

I had a busy afternoon Thursday with two important meetings in Laconia. First, I met with local businesswomen for a Women’s Business Roundtable. They gave me firsthand reports about their experience running businesses in central New Hampshire. That information is very valuable to me in helping to steer Congress in the right direction to help job creators expand and hire new employees.

That was followed by a District Discussion meeting at Laconia City Hall. I spent an hour fielding questions from local residents and updating them about what I’m working on in Congress these days. The Town Hall-style format of District Discussions encourages open dialogue between the people and their Representative in Washington. My thanks to everyone who took time to participate!

Seniors Matter: Hearing their Concerns in Londonderry and Meredith

As I travel across the First Congressional District, I make a special point of meeting with seniors whenever possible. I had two opportunities to do that this week, starting with Tuesday morning’s visit to the Londonderry Senior Center, followed by a stop at Inter-Lakes Senior Center in Meredith on Thursday.

Seniors naturally have many questions about the future of Social Security, Medicare and other programs they paid into for years, and which they’ve built their retirement plans on. I want them to know I’m on their side, working hard in Washington to protect these critically important programs. We must also act to safeguard them for future generations of Granite Staters as well.