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NH House - Speaker Jasper Announces changes in Leadership Team 


Rep. Richard Hinch Appointed Majority Leader


Concord—House Speaker Shawn Jasper today announced the addition of two legislators to his leadership team, along with several other promotions.  The moves come on the heels of the resignation this week of Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) who stepped down to form a congressional exploratory committee.


Rep. Richard  “Dick” Hinch (R-Merrimack) will be moving from his role as House majority whip to take over the position of majority leader.  “After working closely with Rep. Hinch on the budget veto throughout the summer, I was able to witness first-hand his leadership qualities,” said Speaker Jasper.  “I know that Dick is well respected by the Republican caucus.  He proved as the majority whip that he is a consensus builder.  I am confident that he will bring those same talents to the important role of majority leader,” he added.  Rep. Hinch is serving his fourth term representing Merrimack and also serves as chairman of the House Legislative Administration committee.


“It is an honor to serve the people of our great state and to represent the Republican Caucus in this capacity.  In my role as majority whip, I had the opportunity to work with nearly every member of our caucus to help advance our legislative priorities. In addition, my door was always open to all members of the House, understanding that building relationships helps foster a political environment that our constituents can be proud of.  I’m looking forward to this new opportunity, working with Speaker Jasper and our Republican caucus, and continuing the progress we’ve made through the rest of this term,” said Rep. Hinch.  Rep. Stephen J. Schmidt (R-Wolfeboro) will continue in the role of deputy majority leader on Jasper’s leadership team.


Speaker Jasper also announced that Rep. Kathleen Hoelzel (R-Raymond) will assume the role of majority whip. “Kathy has been a strong member of my leadership team since the beginning and it was only appropriate that she move up from her position as deputy majority whip,” said the speaker.  Rep. Hoelzel, serving her sixth term in the House representing Raymond, is also the chairman of the Election Law committee.


Rep. Claire Rouillard (R-Goffstown) will take over the role of deputy majority whip from Rep. Hoelzel.  Rouillard currently serves on the Judiciary committee.  “Rep. Rouillard joined our team as an assistant majority whip during the session and has impressed everyone with her skills,” said the speaker.  Rep. Rouillard was also selected by the Council of State Governments as a 2015 Henry Wolcott Toll Fellow.  The award is given annually to 48 of the top officials in the country from all three branches of state government.


Two other additions to the speaker’s leadership term were also announced today.  Rep. Peggy McCarthy (R-Nashua), a member of the State-Federal Relations & Veterans Affairs committee, was appointed assistant majority leader; and  Rep. Terry Wolf (R-Bedford), a member of the Education committee, will serve as an assistant majority whip under Rep. Hoelzel.


“During this past House session, these two legislators have made an impression on members of the caucus with their dedication, hard work and leadership qualities.  I am proud to have them join my team and I look forward to working with them this session,” said Speaker Jasper.


The new leadership positions take effect immediately.




Cruz For President - ICYMI: Ted Cruz Holds Surrender Caucus to Account for Failure to Lead 


HOUSTON, Texas – On Monday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, went to the floor of the Senate to keep a promise he made to the American people: to fight to keep Congress from funding Planned Parenthood. He also sought to prevent Iran, a known sponsor of terrorism, from accessing more than $100 billion, which he pointed out would be used to fund more terrorist activities.

In his one-hour remarks, Cruz outlined how Republican Leadership has failed to lead on the issues important to the Americans who elected them to office. By immediately giving in to the demands of the Democrats, Republican leadership effectively joined with them and President Obama to fund their priorities. Despite his colleagues’ frequent claims of wanting to defund Planned Parenthood and deny Iran money to support terrorism, not one made any attempt to back up their words with deeds. Instead, each sided with leadership’s plan to surrender to the Democrats. 

Below is excerpted news coverage from Sen. Cruz’s speech:

Politico: Cruz: Republican leaders capitulating

On Monday night, Cruz’s colleagues ignored his attempt to disrupt Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s efforts to fund the government without attacking Planned Parenthood…

…Cruz was incredulous on Monday, calling it an “unprecedented procedural trick." “What does denying a second mean? Denying a recorded vote. Why is that important?” Cruz bellowed. “When you are breaking the commitment you’ve made to the men and women who elected you, the most painful thing in the world is accountability.”

Indeed, denying Cruz a vote prevents the Texas senator from dredging up the roll call in the future and using it to attack his colleagues…

…“One of the ways you avoid accountability is you somehow are somewhere else doing something really, really important instead of actually showing up to the battle,” Cruz said, accusing Republicans of joining with Democrats to “roll over any parliamentary trick you might use.”

Breitbart: Ted Cruz Blasts GOP Leaders For Funding Planned Parenthood

Sen. Ted Cruz is excoriating the Republican leadership in the House and Senate for failing to “lift a finger to defend life” by eliminating taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood…

…The 2016 Republican contender attempted to submit an amendment that would “restrict the use of Federal funds for Planned Parenthood Federation of America” as well as those to “implement the nuclear agreement with Iran or for assessed contributions to the United Nations until the President submits the agreement and all related materials to Congress.”

Sen. Mitch McConnell, however, “filled the tree” of amendments on this bill to fund the government, preventing any other senators from offering amendments to change the measure, a tactic used on numerous occasions by Sen. Harry Reid when he was the Majority Leader. The strategy would prevent any amendments to bills and keep Reid’s Democrat members from having to be on record for difficult votes…

…Despite all that has been exposed about Planned Parenthood, Cruz said, “You notice how much energy Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Boehner have devoted to attacking conservatives? When has leadership shown that level of venom to President Obama?”

Cruz said that, in fact, Reid and the Democrats often laugh because the Republicans generally lead the onslaught against conservatives, dismissing them as “ignorant hicks and rubes.” “Why, then, does it matter if we have a Republican or Democrat House or Senate?” Cruz asked, adding that Boehner’s recent decision to resign was a direct manifestation of the “disconnect” between the base of the Republican Party and its leadership.

Breitbart: Ted Cruz: ‘Republican Leadership Leads The Onslaught Attacking Conservatives’

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz slammed Republican leadership on Monday for slavishly serving the interests of major corporations — and worse, leading attacks from the Left on its conservative grassroots base.

The Democrats are “relentless” in pursuing their principles, Cruz said, which include ever-increasing government spending and unlimited abortion rights. They’re “willing to crawl over broken glass with a knife between their teeth to fight for their principles,” Cruz said.

Republican leadership “reflexively surrenders,” Cruz said. “President Obama simply has to utter the word ‘shutdown’ and Republican leadership runs for the hills.”…

…Republican leadership told voters they needed a majority in the House of Representatives in 2010, and a majority in the Senate in 2014 in order to effectively oppose Obama. Voters delivered in “tidal wave” elections, Cruz said. But now, nine months after the November election in which Republicans gained nine Senate seats, voters ask Cruz in town halls: “What exactly have those Republican majorities accomplished?” The spontaneous response to their own question is “absolutely nothing.”

But Cruz said it’s far worse than that. “It would have been better if the Republican majorities did ‘absolutely nothing,'” he said, but they took the lead in imposing the cromnibus, Obamacare, executive amnesty, continued funding of Planned Parenthood, and confirming Loretta Lynch as attorney general — even after she promised to act as lawlessly as Eric Holder and to never oppose Obama.

“We keep winning elections but the people we put in office don’t do what they said they’re going to do,” Cruz said. GOP leadership is “quite competent and willing to fight. The question is what they’re fighting for.” A list of major corporations’ priorities would be identical to that of the GOP leadership’s, Cruz said. Voters’ are far, far down on the list. And defunding Planned Parenthood isn’t among “the priorities of K Street,” Cruz added.




"Kelly Ayotte consistently ranks as one of the most effective and bipartisan members of the United States Senate. She has represented Granite Staters with honor and distinction by working across the aisle to expand access to health care for our veterans, combat sexual assault in the military and end Washington's government shutdown. Kelly is committed to the traditional New Hampshire principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility, and she has earned another term in the United States Senate." - NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn


Ayotte Was Ranked As The Seventh Most Bipartisan Member Of The Senate. ("The Bipartisan Index: Senate Scores," The Lugar CenterAccessed 6/29/15)


The Washington Post Ranked Ayotte As The Fourth Most Likely Senator To Cross Party Lines(Philip Bump, "Here Are The Members Of Congress Who Vote Against Their Party The Most," The Washington Post6/11/15)


CQ Roll Call Named Ayotte One Of The "25 Most Influential Women In Congress." "Policy Dealmakers: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Was.), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)." ("CQ Roll Call Releases Powerful Women: The 25 Most Influential Women in Congress," CQ Roll Call5/11/15)


Ayotte Helped End The Government Shutdown and Co-Sponsored Legislation To Help Ensure It Would Never Happen Again. ("Senate women lead in effort to find accord," The New York Times, 10/14/13; S. 29, "End Government Shutdowns Act," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 1/22/13)


In 2014, Ayotte Worked With Senator Shaheen To Help New Hampshire Veterans Get Health Care Closer To Home. "The Senate passed a veterans reform package last night that contains a provision benefiting those in New Hampshire, where seeking care at Veterans Affairs facilities can sometimes mean traveling outside the state. New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen teamed up to include a provision that allows veterans to get care outside of VA facilities. The bill - which also addresses issues regarding wait times at VA facilities across the nation - passed the Senate on a 91-3 vote. It passed in the House, 420-5, earlier this week, and now heads to President Obama for his signature." (Casey McDermott, "Senate Passes VA Reform Bill, Including Key Provision Meant To Benefit N.H. Veterans," Concord Monitor7/31/14)


In 2013, Ayotte Worked With Senator Murray On A Bill To Combat Sexual Assault In The Military. "Several provisions of a bill to combat military sexual assault introduced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA and Sen. Kelly Ayotte R-NH, have been included in legislation under consideration by the Senate Armed Services Committee. They include a measure to provide victims of sexual assault with a special victims counsel - a military lawyer who would assist sexual-assault victims throughout the legal process. Another provision would help improve the tracking of military sexual-assault statistics." (Hal Bernton, "Military Sexual Assault Bill Includes Provisions From Patty Murray, Seattle Times6/12/13)


Ayotte Helped Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Victims Of Sexual Assault In The Military. (S. 1917, "Victims Protection Act Of 2014," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 1/14/14; S. 871, "Combating Military Sexual Assault Act Of 2013," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 5/7/13)


Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Ensure Support Services For National Guard And Reserve Members. (S. 2843, "National Guard And Reserve Access To Counsel Act," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 9/17/14) 


In 2015, Ayotte Worked With Senator Shaheen On A Bill To Protect Pregnant Workers. "But not every employer follows Badger's model to provide accommodations for the needs of pregnant workers. That's why U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte have sponsored a bill to require employers to make reasonable adjustments for employees who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Those accommodations could include allowing the woman to carry a water bottle, despite a policy against food or drinks on the job, or providing a stool for a pregnant employee who normally stands during work." (Megan Doyle, "Ayotte, Shaheen Sponsor Bill To Protect Pregnant Workers, Concord Monitor6/6/15)  


Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Help New Hampshire's Ski Industry. (S. 382, "Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act Of 2011," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 2/17/11) 


Ayotte Helped Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Help Cities And States Build 21st Century Manufacturing Training Programs. (S. 1542, "Manufacturing Skills Act Of 2015," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 6/10/15)


Ayotte Helped Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Help Communities Handle Addiction. (S. 524, "Comprehensive Addiction And Recovery Act Of 2015," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 2/12/15)


Ayotte Helped Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Victims Of Sexual Assault On College Campuses. (S. 2692, "Campus Accountability And Safety Act," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 7/30/14; S. 590, "Campus Accountability And Safety Act," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 2/26/15)


Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Breast Cancer Research. (S. 865, "Accelerating The End Of Breast Cancer Act Of 2013," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 5/6/13)


Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Help Improve Breast Cancer Detection. (S. 262, "Breast Density And Mammography Reporting Act Of 2014," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 7/17/14)


In 2014, Ayotte Worked With Senator Shaheen On A Bill To Assist Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injuries. "New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen say a bill on its way to President Barack Obama will enhance treatment services for veterans living with traumatic brain injuries. The senators introduced legislation that would modify a pilot program created in 2008 to place veterans with these severe injuries in residential living programs. About 200 veterans have participated in the program, including a number of New Hampshire veterans who were treated at Robin Hill Farm, a community-based center in Hillsboro that provides brain injury rehabilitation services." ("Ayotte, Shaheen Support Bill For Injured Veterans, The Associated Press, 12/17/14)

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Better Study And Prevent Sudden Death In Infants. (S. 2746, "Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement And Awareness Act," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 7/31/14)


Ayotte Introduced Bipartisan Legislation To Improve Mental Health Training and Resources In Communities. (S. 153, "Mental Health First Aid Act Of 2013," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 1/24/13; S. 711, "Mental Health First Aid Act Of 2015," Ayotte Sponsored, Introduced 3/11/15)


Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Stop Acts Of Mass Violence Before They Happen By Addressing Mental Illness. (S. 993, "Comprehensive Justice And Mental Health Act Of 2015," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 4/16/15)


Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Increase Awareness of Mental Health Issues. (S. 689, "Mental Health Awareness And Improvement Act Of 2013," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 4/9/13)


Ayotte Voted To Keep Student Loan Interest Rates Low. "Passage of the bill that would set federal student loan interest rates issued after July 1, 2013 to the Treasury Department's 10-year borrowing rate, plus 2.05 percent for subsidized and unsubsidized undergraduate loans, 3.6 percent for graduate loans and 4.6 percent for PLUS loans. The loan rates would be capped at 8.25 percent, 9.5percent and 10.5 percent, respectively. It would require the Government Accountability Office to submit a report to Congress within four months detailing the federal government's cost of administering the student loan program and recommendations to avoid generating additional revenue from the program." (H.R. 1911, Roll Call Vote #185, Bill Passed 81-18, 7/24/13, Ayotte Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)


Ayotte Voted Against An Amendment That Would Allow Companies To Keep Polluting The Air. "Toomey, R-Pa., amendment no. 41 to the Murkowski, R-Alaska, substitute amendment no. 2. The Toomey amendment would exempt power plants that burn coal waste from an EPA rule on general emission limitations issued in August, 2011 or any subsequent rule on the matter."(S. Amdt 41 To S. Amdt 2 To S. 1, Roll Call Vote #9, Amendment Rejected 54-45, 1/21/15, Ayotte Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)


Ayotte Voted To Reject Allowing Exemptions From Mercury And Air Toxin Standards. "Coats, R-Ind., amendment no. 514 that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation regarding executive branch decisions to issue presidential exemptions from EPA's hazardous air toxins standards, including mercury..." (S. Amdt 514 To S. Con. Res 8, Roll Call Vote #72, Amendment Rejected 46-53, 3/22/13, Ayotte Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)


Ayotte Voted To Approve New Mercury And Air Toxin Standards. "McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would nullify the EPA rule regarding the establishment of Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for certain utilities." (S. J Res 37, Roll Call Vote #139, Motion To Proceed Rejected 46-53, 6/20/12, Ayotte Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)


Ayotte Crossed Party Lines to Vote in Support of the Cross State Air Pollution Rule. "McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would nullify the EPA rule regarding regulation of cross-state air pollution." (S. J Res 27, Roll Call Vote #201, Motion To Proceed Rejected 41-56, 11/10/11, Ayotte Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)


Ayotte Voted To Permanently Reauthorize The Land And Water Conservation Fund. "Burr, R-N.C., amendment no. 92, as modified, that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It would also require that at least 1.5 percent of funds be made available each fiscal year for projects that secure public access to federal land for fishing, hunting and other recreational purposes." (S. Amdt 92, To S. Amdt 2 To S. 1, Roll Call Vote #43, Amendment Rejected 59-39, 1/29/15, Ayotte Voted Yea; CQ Summary Accessed 6/29/15)


Ayotte Voted To Move Forward On Renewable Energy. "Udall, D-N.M., amendment no. 77 that would establish a national renewable electricity standard. The amendment would set a goal for 25 percent of U.S. electricity generation to come from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, ocean, tidal, geothermal energy, biomass, landfill gas, incremental hydropower or hydrokinetic energy by 2025." (S. Amdt 77 To S. 1, Roll Call Vote #44, Amendment Rejected 45-53, 1/29/15, Ayotte Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)


Ayotte Voted Against Repealing The Forest Legacy Program. "Lee, R-Utah., amendment no. 2313 that would repeal the Forest Service's Forest Legacy Program. The program provides funds in support of state, regional and local efforts to preserve privately-owned forest land and prevent development." (S. Amdt 2313 To S. 3240, Roll Call Vote #147, Amendment Rejected 21-77, 6/20/12, Ayotte Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)


Ayotte Voted To Fund The Restoration Of Natural Resources. "Nelson, D-Fla., amendment no. 1822 that would direct 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to a trust fund for Gulf Coast restoration. It also would authorize $1.4 billion for the Land and Water Conservation Fund over two years." (S. Amdt 1822 To S. 1813, Roll Call Vote #32, Amendment Agreed To 76-22, 3/8/12, Ayotte Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)


Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Promote Energy Efficiency. (S.1191, "Better Buildings Act," Ayotte Introduced, 6/19/13; S. 535, "Energy Efficiency Improvement Act Of 2015," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 2/23/15; Provisions of Better Buildings Act included in S. 535  and became Public Law 114-11)


Ayotte Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Ensure That Death Benefits For Fallen Service Members Are Not Subject To Federal Taxes. (S. 322, "Don't Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act," Ayotte Sponsored, Introduced 1/29/15, became Public Law 114-14)




NHDP - US Sen. Kelly Ayotte Sides with D.C. Republican Leadership

GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Introduces Bill to Extend NSA’s Bulk Data Collection Authorities, Ayotte Immediately Throws Her Support Behind D.C. GOP Leadership

Concord, N.H. – Following Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s introduction of a bill to extend the NSA’s bulk data collection program, which has come under fire from both sides ofthe aisle, Kelly Ayotte wasted no time in throwing her support behind her party’s Washington leadership and against the privacy of New Hampshire citizens.
When asked about reigning in the NSA’s bulk data collection program, Kelly Ayotte told Politico yesterday, “I don’t think eliminating this type of program is the right direction for us to go right now.”

“As Republican leadership pushes to extend the NSA’s authority to collect bulk data on Granite Staters without oversight or accountability, Kelly Ayotte is once again focused on following her party’s Washington leadership and advancing her national interests, not representing the people of New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Granite Staters value our privacy and it’s time for Ayotte to stop siding with her party’s leadership against the interests of New Hampshire.”
Ayotte’s comments fit a pattern of siding with her party’s leadership against the privacy rights of New Hampshire’s citizens, including her vote against the bipartisan USA Freedom Act that would have ended NSA’s bulk collection of domestic telephone and Internet metadata. 
Ayotte has also voted repeatedly against measures to increase disclosure and congressional oversight of government surveillance programs, even opposing one amendment that simply would have required the Director Of National Intelligence to report to Congress the number of domestic communications obtained under the 2008 foreign surveillance law.
Ayotte Voted Against Bipartisan USA Freedom Act That Would Have Ended NSA’s Bulk Collection Of Domestic Telephone And Internet Metadata. In November 2014, Ayotte voted against a: “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on Reid, D-Nev., motion to proceed to the bill that would prohibit the bulk collection of domestic telephone and Internet metadata by intelligence agencies. It would allow intelligence agencies to query data held by telephone companies if the government can demonstrate the search is needed to fight terrorism. Under the bill, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court would be required to authorize data collection, except in defined emergencies, and appoint a special panel to oversee individual privacy and civil liberties. It also would increase the amount of information service providers can report to the public.” The motion was rejected 58-42. [S.2685, Vote 282, 11/18/14]
Ayotte Voted Against Three Amendments To Increase Disclosure And Congressional Oversight Of Government Surveillance Programs:
  • Ayotte Voted Against Requiring Director Of National Intelligence To Report To Congress Number Of Domestic Communications Obtained Under 2008 Foreign Surveillance Law. [S.Amdt. 3439 to H.R. 5949, Vote 235, 12/28/12]
  • Ayotte Voted Against Requiring The Government To Disclose FISA Court Decisions, Orders, Or Opinions On Surveillance Requests Unless Disclosure Was Not In U.S. National Security Interests.  [S.Amdt. 3435 to H.R. 5949, Vote 233, 12/27/12]
  • Ayotte Voted Against Adding Oversight Protections To FISA Bill And Shortening Reauthorization From Five Years To Three.  [S,Amdt. 3437 to H.R. 5949, Vote 232, 12/27/12]

NH House - House Deputy Majority Leader Named

Six New House Members Also Sworn In


Concord—Speaker of the NH House Shawn Jasper added another member to his leadership team today with the naming of Rep. Steve Schmidt (r-Wolfeboro) as the Deputy Majority Leader to Rep. Jack Flanagan (r-Brookline). Schmidt, retired as a Directior at Verizon Communications, is entering his third term as a member of the NH Legislature.  “I am honored to be asked to join the leadership team that Speaker Jasper has put together,” said Schmidt. “I look forward to working with Majority Leader Flanagan as we move forward.  I know progress has already been made following a successful caucus. We have established a list of goals and I am anxious to get to work with our members in helping to move our agenda forward in the House,” he added.


Rep. Flanagan cited Schmidt’s strong business background as just one asset that he brings to the team. “Rep. Schmidt’s  commitment to bringing forth a strong budget without no new taxes, his interests in education and in developing a strong business environment in New Hampshire will make him an invaluable member of our leadership team,” said Flanagan.


Six new members of the New Hampshire Legislature, who could not be in attendance on oganization day, were sworn in today by Governor Maggie Hassan prior to the Executive Countil meeting.  Christopher Adams (R-Brookline) and Jason Parent (R-Northfield) were sworn in for the first time as members of the legislature.  Incumbents who took the oath this morning included Virginia Irwin (D-Newport); Richard Barry (R-Merrimack); Gary Hopper (R-Weare); and Ted Rokas (D-Manchester).


The NH House will convene for its first session on January 7, 2015.