EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 1, 2012

Leaders reflect on Lynch legacy

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Here are some New Hampshire leaders’ reflections on Gov. John Lynch.

The popular Democrat will step down next month after eight years in the governor’s seat.

“Gov. Lynch has led the state with dedication, integrity and a fierce love for New Hampshire. Being governor is a tough job and John has handled the job with grace and good humor. I hope John will continue to serve in some way. He still has a lot to give.”

— U.S. Sen. Jeanne

Shaheen, D-N.H.

“We shared a strong commitment to keeping New Hampshire one of the safest states in the nation, working together to strengthen laws to protect children from sexual predators. I’m grateful for Gov. Lynch’s dedicated service to the people of New Hampshire and know that he will continue to make important contributions to our state.”

— U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., served as attorney general for Lynch

“Gov. Lynch has been a front-line ambassador for the New Hampshire Food Bank and a true advocate for the hungry in New Hampshire. His commitment to help the thousands of men, women and children who are hungry in our state has inspired each of us to do our very best and we look forward to his legacy of ending hunger in New Hampshire continuing on.”

— Melanie Gosselin, executive director, N.H. Food Bank

“Gov. Lynch is extremely articulate and very quickly breaks complex issues down for resolution. He always asks the right questions and is always respectful to all stakeholders, regardless of the issue. He has an incredible sense of confidence, but never exuded overconfidence. There were many issues resolved behind the scenes that the governor resolved and did not ask or get credit for. Incredible team builder, making all involved believe that they are important to help solve issues collectively.”

— Chris Clement, commissioner, N.H. Department of Transportation

“I worked closely with Gov. Lynch over the six years I was in the Senate. He always treated me fairly and I think he always treated the Senate fairly. I think overall he did a good job as governor. He is a nice man, always willing to help. He never refused a request to talk to him about a project, such as the New Hampshire Medal of Honor. He is not that big of a partisan guy. Asking him for help with his party I remember him saying, ‘I don’t have a party.’ He’s a really good guy.”

— Robert Letourneau, Derry, former state senator

“John Lynch was known for his openness for meeting with business leaders, and for his willingness to listen and consider input from the job creators in New Hampshire about the best ideas for improving the state’s economy and making it a more attractive place in which to conduct business. He didn’t agree with the business community all the time, but he nonetheless understood many of our challenges and concerns, and did support such pro-business initiatives like re-establishing a state research-and-development tax credit and creation of a job training fund to encourage business start-ups and expansions and help make New Hampshire’s business climate more competitive.”

— Jim Roche, president, N.H. Business and Industry Association

“He was very effective at promoting New Hampshire.”

— Ross Moldoff, Salem planning director