State Rep. Laurie Sanborn speaks 1-on-1 with NH1 News at the Amherst July 4th parade

Aug 5, 2016 10:46 AM

Sanborn tells NH1 News 'I want to throw my hat in the ring' for House speaker

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – Saying that “we really do need new Republican leadership,” state Rep. Laurie Sanborn Friday announced a new bid to become speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Sanborn told NH1 News that it’s time “to rebuild the Republican Party,” adding “I want to throw my hat in the ring to do just that.”

The conservative lawmaker from Bedford , who has represented Hillsborough District 41 (Bedford and Amherst) for three terms, said “I care very deeply about the state of New Hampshire and the people here and I really believe that it’s time for new Republican leadership in the New Hampshire House. And it’s time to rebuild and re-establish the Republican Party and its core values in New Hampshire.”

In a jab at Speaker Shawn Jasper and Majority Leader Dick Hinch, Sanborn added “I can tell you Republicans in the House and across the state have been very disappointed with a number of polices the current leadership has advocated for and have gone against our platform our caucus’s agenda. And they’re disappointed in how the House has been managed. So I think it’s time to fix this and I believe that I’m the one to do it and I have a plan to do just that.”

Sanborn, who’s married to state Sen. Andy Sanborn, made a previous bid for the speaker’s job two years ago, briefly running against former state House Speakers Bill O’Brien and Gene Chandler.

With a large House majority, O’Brien was expected to easily be elected speaker. But he fell four votes shy on the first ballot. Jasper, entering the race as a compromise candidate, won on the third ballot, thanks mostly to backing from the Democratic minority. Many conservatives at the time considered Jasper a traitor, and this day he’s had a rocky relationship with many Republican representatives.

Going into November’s elections, the GOP holds a 236-161 advantage in the 400 member legislative body.

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