NHGOP Chairman Comments on Sen. Groen's Decision Not to Seek Re-Election

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald released the following statement about Fenton Groen’s decision not to run for re-election this fall.

“State Senator Groen has been an invaluable asset to Republicans in Concord because he brings to the table a commitment to family and a background as a job creator.  Senator Groen’s leadership and experience as a small business owner has helped bring innovative ideas and pro-growth policies to the forefront in the legislature, which has in turn helped New Hampshire preserve and advance its unique economic advantages. 

“I wish Fenton the best of luck with his future endeavors.  I know he’ll continue to play a leading and active role in promoting the Republican ideals of limited government, low taxes and fiscal discipline.  As we look to the 2012 elections, we remain confident that we will return to Concord a strong majority that will work with our newly elected Republican governor.”

James Pindell with WMURPoliticalScoop.com reported today that Sen. Groen will not seek re-election.  Included below are excerpts from the story:

“Freshman Republican Senator Fenton Groen, of Rochester, becomes the seventh state senator who will not seek re-election this year. ‘Deciding not to run again was incredibly difficult,’ Groen said. ‘I truly love being a state Senator. Solving problems for my constituents and making a real difference in the legislative process has been incredibly rewarding. However, I’m also a small-business owner and with the current state of the construction business, it has become clear our family construction business needs my complete attention.’ …  ‘When I filed two years ago, our state was facing a projected deficit of nearly a billion dollars.  I am proud to say that my colleagues and I kept our commitment to balance the budget with no new taxes by responsibly reducing spending. I was also deeply involved in pension reform that has begun to seriously address both the security and cost of the New Hampshire Retirement System. As promised, I stood up for traditional family values and parental rights with some notable successes and some keen disappointments.’” (James Pindell, WMURPoliticalScoop.com, 5/3/2012)