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New Hampshire

December 1, 2012

Leaders reflect on Lynch legacy


— 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

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