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Bragdon Stepping Down as Senate President

A new Senate President is expected to be chosen sometime after Labor Day.

Peter Bragdon. File photo.
Peter Bragdon. File photo.
Peter Bragdon will step down from his post as Senate President, he told the Union Leader on Friday.

The Milford politician had come under fire after being named the new head of the Local Government CenterThe New Hampshire Democratic Party and several newspapers had called on him to relinquish his post as Senate President due to the potential for a conflict of interest.

A new Senate President is expected to be named sometime after Labor Day.

New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn praised Bragdon for his decision to step down.

"Senator Bragdon has been an outstanding leader who presided over the New Hampshire State Senate with respect and dignity," she said. "As Senate President, Bragdon has fought to preserve the New Hampshire Advantage and promote fiscally responsible policies that have created economic opportunity for families across the Granite State.

"Senator Bragdon made the right decision, and confirmed that he is a man of high ethical standards and integrity. Republicans are grateful for his exemplary service as the leader of the senate and look forward to his future contributions to the State of New Hampshire."

Gov. Maggie Hassan also issued a statement, calling Bragdon's decision to resign "an appropriate step" given the concerns raised about his new position with the LGC.

"I greatly appreciate his service in that role and have enjoyed working with him to constructively address our challenges," Hassan said. "No matter who is voted by the Senate to be their next president, I look forward to working with him or her to continue moving our state forward through the traditions of hard-work, bipartisanship, and commonsense problem-solving that the people of New Hampshire expect and deserve."
Jack August 16, 2013 at 01:08 PM
And the dems DO.....HAHAHAHA
Keith F Thompson August 16, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Wow, Jack what a devastatingly witty and cogent comeback. I see your only other comment on Patch is "I don't believe in public funding of education" It shows.
Jack August 16, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Thompson, if you are going to quote me you need to be accurate. Otherwise it is libel.
Keith F Thompson August 18, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Calling someone an idiot is not libel if it's true. You are right, though, I got the quote wrong. "Jack June 30, 2013 at 09:43 PM I'm not in favor of public funding for higher education." Wow, that makes you look Sooooo much smarter and reasonable, doesn't it?
Jack August 19, 2013 at 09:30 AM
Thompson, my lack of interest in taxpayer funding of higher education dose not make me an idiot nor dose it make me uninformed.

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