State Rep. Jack Flanagan files candidacy for Congress at the Secretary of State's office in the State House on June 1, 2016

Jun 1, 2016 10:05 PM

Flanagan touts job as state House majority leader as he files to run for Congress

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – Jack Flanagan highlighted his experience serving as state House majority leader as a differentiator from his rivals in his bid for the Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District.

The three-term state Republican state representative from Brookline made his comments as he filed to run for Congress on Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking with NH1 News moments after he signed his declaration of candidacy at the Secretary of State’s office, Flanagan said “I think the experience as majority leader has made a big difference in my political career in that I get to see the nuts and the bolts, what does it take to get good legislation through a body of 400.”

“So that has given me the experience that I think that I’m going to need in Washington,” he added.

Flanagan stepped down as House majority leader late last year, as he seriously started considering a bid for Congress.

Flanagan also highlighted his 25 years of experience at the local level of government.

The other major candidate in the GOP nomination contest is Jim Lawrence, who announced earlier this week that he would be launching a campaign. The former three-term state representative from Hudson is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a veteran who later worked for 15 years as a contractor on Defense Department projects.

The other Republican candidate in the race is 26-year old Casey Newell of Deerfield.

The winner of the September 13 GOP primary will face off in November against two-term Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster, who’s already raised more than $2 million for her re-election campaign.

Flanagan said that “I’m hearing different comments from different people, including Republicans, that they’re not necessarily happy with Mrs. Kuster.”

And he added that “my political bent is probably more in line with the district.”

Flanagan also claimed that “today she said I was extreme. So if some of my positions are extreme, then a lot of other people’s positions are extreme in this state too because I’m sort of middle of the road Republican.”

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