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House Speaker Nominee Bill O’Brien Announces Former Speaker Gene Chandler to Serve as Speaker Pro Tem

Concord – Republican nominee for House Speaker Bill O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) today announced that former Speaker Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) will serve as the House Speaker Pro Tem. Chandler has served as Speaker from 2000-2004 and as Speaker Pro Tem from 2010-2012. From 2012-2014, he served as the House Republican Leader.


House Speaker Nominee Bill O’Brien


“In his 17 terms serving the citizens of New Hampshire, Gene has consistently demonstrated his commitment to the state and has been a leader at every level of the House. There is no one more knowledgeable than Gene on the institution and tradition of this body. Moreover, he has been a reliable voice for limited, effective government in keeping with the values Granite Staters hold dear. I’m thrilled he’s joined our leadership team and look forward to him playing an important role in moving our state forward over the next session.”


House Speaker Pro Tem Nominee Gene Chandler


“I look forward to working with Speaker O’Brien over the next two years and hope all Republican House members will join us in our efforts to restore New Hampshire’s economy. He shares my concerns about making sure that New Hampshire delivers fiscally accountable government that lives within its means to the public. That begins with responsible revenue estimates and holding the Governor and state agencies to task for staying within their budgets. Together, we can make sure that our state’s fiscal house is in order and we take the steps to get New Hampshire’s economy back on track and growing again.”


Cornerstone congratulates O'Brien on nomination for Speaker 

Cornerstone Action

 Attribute to: Bryan McCormack, Executive Director  

Congratulations to Bill O'Brien on being nominated by his fellow House Republicans to be Speaker of the House. They chose bold leadership today, which is precisely what's needed to keep our state's fiscal house in order. Even more importantly, Representative O'Brien's not embarrassed to speak out in support of New Hampshire families and in support of respect for life. He's well-deserving of another term as Speaker.

NHDP - Back to the future 

BREAKING: Bill O'Brien back as Speaker.

It's official - Republicans just voted to return Bill O'Brien as New Hampshire Speaker of the House. They're going back to the future and we can expect the same extreme, Tea Party agenda:

Draconian cuts to higher education, but cheaper cigarettes. Right-to-Work for Less. Repeal of Marriage Equality. Block Access to Women's Healthcare.
We've worked too hard to let the extreme ideology of Bill O'Brien stop the progress we've made. We've stood up and stopped him before and we're going to have to do it again in 2016.
If you've saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation to stop Bill O'Brien will go through immediately.


-- Raymond Buckley, Chairman
New Hampshire Democratic Party


Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Bill O'Brien on becoming the next Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives:


"I want to congratulate Bill O'Brien on becoming the next Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Speaker O'Brien is a proven conservative, a tireless advocate for limited government and an outstanding leader who will stand up for fiscal responsibility in Concord. The Republican State Committee looks forward to working with Speaker O'Brien to hold Governor Hassan's accountable for her reckless tax and spend agenda and promote responsible Republican policies that will benefit all Granite Staters."


NHDP - NEW WEB VIDEO: CEO Walt Havenstein Would Be A Rubber Stamp for the Anti-Middle Class

Web Video Highlights Havenstein’s Koch Brothers Agenda that Would Take NH Back to the Bill O’Brien Era of Devastating Cuts to Education, Health Care, and Public Safety

Manchester, NH – Today, the New Hampshire Democratic Party launched anew web video highlighting how failed CEO Walt Havenstein would be a rubber stamp for the anti-middle class Koch Brothers agenda and take New Hampshire back to the Bill O’Brien era of devastating cuts to education, health care and public safety.

Havenstein has never shied away from embracing disgraced former speaker Bill O'Brien, noting just last week during the WMUR debate that he thought, “Bill did a very good job.” O'Brien infamously pushed an ultra-conservative agenda in New Hampshire that repealed the state's minimum wage, slashed funding for higher education in half, cut critical services for Granite State children and families, and defunded Planned Parenthood.

“Heading into the general election, failed CEO Walt Havenstein has already made it crystal clear that his 'plan' would simply be to rubber-stamp the Bill O'Brien/Koch Brothers agenda,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “By signing the Koch Brothers pledge that calls for repealing health coverage from 50,000 people, praising Bill O'Brien's devastating cuts to education, health care and public safety, and opposing efforts to restore and improve New Hampshire's minimumwage, Havenstein has proven time and again that he would hurt regular New Hampshire families."

"New Hampshire can't afford someone like Walt Havenstein who puts his interests first no matter who it hurts, and who can't be trusted to look out for the priorities of working Granite Staters," added Lesswing.

Havenstein signed the Koch Brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity pledge calling to repeal health coverage from 50,000 Granite Staters, bring back the devastating and reckless Bill O'Brien budget that slashed higher funding in half, and oppose an increase in the minimum wage, despite making nearly $20 million himself while his company lost millions of dollars and shed thousands of jobs under his failed leadership.

Watch the new web video here


Havenstein Thinks Bill O'Brien Did a "Very Good Job"

When asked during last week's WMUR debate for his thoughts on disgraced former speaker Bill O'Brien, Havenstein replied, “I think Bill did a very good job.” [WMUR GOP Gubernatorial Primary Debate, 9/5/14]

Havenstein Made Nearly $20 Million While SAIC Lost Thousands of Jobs and its Stock Value Dropped 32%

While Havenstein said it was fine for him to receive nearly $20 million as CEO of SAIC despite his failed leadership and mismanagement that cost the company enormously, he maintains that hardworking families don’t deserve a pay increase, saying, “I am not in favor of raising the minimum wage, period.” [Havenstein Interview with WKBK]

Havenstein Signed the Koch Brothers Pledge

The Pledge is “crafted by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity, funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers […] Walt supports the principles of the AFP pledge and will sign it...” [WMUR Segment on Koch Brothers Pledge Signing Event, 7/30/14]