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New Hampshire

January 2, 2013

Southern N.H. lawmakers to play key roles


Norelli named one of her newly elected Southern New Hampshire Democrats, Rep. Betsy Burtis of Derry, to Transportation.

In other key House appointments from the region, veteran Reps. Mary Griffin, R-Windham, Gary Azarian, R-Salem, and Frank Sapareto, R-Derry, will join Major in helping to shape state tax policy on Ways and Means.

Reps. Robert Elliot and Marilinda Garcia, both Salem Republicans, and Ken Weyler, R-Kingston will track state spending on Finance.

Reps. Walter Kolodziej and Kevin Waterhouse, both Republicans from Windham, and William Friel, R-Atkinson, will be alongside House Minority Leader Gene Chandler, R-Bartlett, on Public Works and Highways.

Griffin has served 16 years and says it matters to Southern New Hampshire to have lawmakers in key posts in the Legislature.

“It’s very, very important,” Griffin said.

“We’re very interested in this area in the economy. We want to get things done to create jobs. We need to keep taxes down for business,” Griffin said.

She looks around at colleagues such as Azarian, Major and McMahon and says they have something in common.

“They are all very smart,” Griffin said.

Without local representation in key positions in Concord, legislators have work to do.

“You need to assert yourself. You need to make friends on the committees you don’t have a seat on,” Griffin said.

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