House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan, left, confirms he's formed a committee to explore a challenge in 2016 of Congresswoman Annie Kuster, D-NH, in the Second District

Oct 22, 2015 1:49 PM

Landrigan: Top NH House Republican explores bid for 2nd District Congressman

CONCORD - The top House Republican confirms he’s formed an exploratory committee to look into a GOP run for Congress to challenge Second District Congresswoman Annie Kuster, D-NH.

House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan, R-Brookline, has widely been seen as a potential competitor in 2016; NH1 News had already reported that he was reaching out to GOP activists about such a campaign.

"With all of the challenges facing Washington, D.C., there is a need for legislators who will apply common sense policies to the laws affecting our country,’’ Flanagan said. "With years of dysfunction in our nation’s capital, there is a need for sweeping changes. I want to be a part of that change.’’

Clearly viewed as a Republican on the rise, NH1 News identified Flanagan in January as one of the 10 state "political game changers.’’

Flanagan, 58, is in the middle of his third term representing Brookline and Mason that are small communities in the heart of Kuster’s district.

He earned a big political promotion by being on the ground floor supporting the renegade, successful bid of Hudson Republican Shawn Jasper to stun former Speaker Bill O’Brien and become speaker of the House with Democratic votes.

"Given my public and professional experiences, I feel that I would bring a diverse background to the office that would help me to make educated decisions on behalf of the people of the second district,’’ Flanagan said.

"In establishing this exploratory committee I hope to decide over the next few weeks whether or not I should join the race for Congress.’’

Flanagan’s extensive local experience includes serving on the town’s board of selectmen, finance committee, school board and cooperative school board.

Prior to his leadership post, Flanagan was earning the reputation as an emerging expert on labor laws.

A graduate of Boston University, Flanagan went on to earn a Master’s in Business Administration at Southern New Hampshire University. He has been a resident of Brookline for 25 years, where he raised three daughters. He is divorced.


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