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NHDP Statement on the Election of Democratic House Caucus Leader Steve Shurtleff 

Concord, NH--Today, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley released the following statement following the unanimous election of Steve Shurtleff as House Democratic Caucus Leader.

"The House Democratic Caucus chose an experienced and responsible leader in selecting Steve Shurtleff as their leader for the 2015-2016 term. Steve will work with his colleagues and Governor Hassan to address New Hampshire's growing economy, improving education, access to healthcare and keeping NH as the best place to live, work and raise a family. He is exactly the leader we need." 


NHDP Statement on the Election of Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn 

Concord, NH-- Today, the Senate Democratic Caucus elected District 1 State Senator Jeff Woodburn to serve as their Minority Leader. Senator Donna Soucy was elected Deputy Minority Leader and Senator Andrew Hosmer was elected Caucus Leader.
"Senator Woodburn is an accomplished and well-respected leader, who will be a strong voice for the Democratic Caucus," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. "He has honorably served the North Country, and has a record of bipartisanship and pragmatic leadership. Congratulations to Senator Woodburn and the rest of the Caucus."
"I am honored and excited to serve as minority leader for this group of accomplished and distinguished leaders," said Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn. "I look forward to a productive session, during which we will continue to put the needs of working families first to move our state forward."
Senator Jeff Woodburn has served in the State Senate since 2012. He previously served as Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and as a senior advisor to Congressman Dick Swett. 

NH House Republican Leaders Comment on Gas Tax Increase Bill 

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford) offered the following statements on the committee vote on HB617, a bill that would raise the gas tax. The House Ways and Means committee voted 11-7 to recommend the bill ought to pass with amendment. The committee amendment would raise the gas tax by 67%. Republicans on the committee were unanimous in their opposition to the bill.


House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) 


“Taking hundreds of millions of dollars out of the pockets of New Hampshire consumers during these tough economic times is not the appropriate solution to fixing our roads and bridges. Quite simply, this is the wrong bill at the wrong time. I'm happy the Republicans on Ways and Means stuck with New Hampshire families and small businesses by voting against this bill.”


“It is also important to note that before we start imposing tax increases we need to make sure we are complying with all state laws and the Constitution to assure that the appropriate amount of highway fund monies are actually going to fix our highways. The legislature’s reluctance to follow the law shouldn’t result in a multimillion dollar tax increase for the taxpayer.”

House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford)


“We are very concerned about the impact of a gas tax increase on the working families and small businesses in our state during these tough economic times. Now is not the time to be discouraging economic growth. We need to focus on getting the 40,000 people in New Hampshire who are looking for work back to work. Further burdening our business community and forcing our consumers to pay more at the pump is a step in the wrong direction."


NHDP Chairman Raymond Buckley's Statement on the Election of Gene Chandler as House Minority Leader

CONCORD  - Raymond Buckley, Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, released the following statement following the election of Gene Chandler as House minority leader:
"It is clear that House Republicans either didn't listen or simply chose to ignore the will of the voters by electing Gene Chandler as the House Minority leader tonight. Chandler, a devoted and loyal ally of the Tea Party and Bill O'Brien, represents more of the same type of failed leadership and extreme policies that voters roundly rejected just over a week ago.
"Voters want a return to common-sense problem solving in Concord and to move away from the divisive tactics and extreme agenda of the last two years. With the election of Gene Chandler however, the Republican minority has shown that they are still unwilling to waiver from the radical and extreme policies and tactics that lost them their majority, hurt New Hampshire's economy and left our middle class behind."

NH House Republicans Select Rep. Gene Chandler To Serve As Republican Leader for 2013-14 Session

CONCORD – At a caucus of Republicans elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives for the 2013-14 session, the members elected Rep. Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) to serve as House Republican Leader. In the current session, Rep. Chandler holds the office of Speaker Pro Tempore.

Speaker Pro Tempore Gene Chandler

“I’m honored to have my Republican colleagues give me their support as Leader. Today, we begin our efforts to restore our majority in the House by delivering the Republican message of economic opportunity and job creation through lowering the burden of taxes and regulation. We won’t rest until we know that everyone who wants a job can find a good one right here in New Hampshire. That cannot mean a return to the days of massive tax and fee increases on the backs of the working families and employers of the state. We also need to make sure that we have a budget that is balanced and relies on realistic revenue projections. We will also work to ensure that we continue to deliver on the promise of education choice and protect the integrity of our elections. I look forward to getting work to keep our caucus strong and send a clear message about our Republican values.”