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Flanagan Announces Second Bid for Congress


Republican Jack Flanagan says he’s running again for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

Flanagan served three terms in the New Hampshire House beginning in 2010, eventually rising to Majority Leader. In 2016, he sought higher office, but the 59 year old from Brookline finished 12 points behind Jim Lawrence in the GOP primary.

He’s jumping back in the mix, now, though, ready to take on incumbent Democrat Annie Kuster.

“It’s almost the same reason I ran before: I’m looking at some of the votes that Congresswoman Kuster has been making, and I don’t agree with them,” says Flanagan.

In an interview, Flanagan says one vote he would have made differently than Kuster is on repeal of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, which was passed by Congress in the wake of the 2009 financial crisis. Flanagan says the measure is stifling loans and causing banks to fail. He also breaks with Kuster on President Trump’s immigration policies, and wants both sides to work together on a new health care law.

“The trouble that we have now in Washington D.C. is the names: Obamacare, Trumpcare. What we really need to do is we need to be grownups and come to the table and say, we need to improve health care, and health insurance.”

Flanagan is a father of three, and previously held positions on the Brookline School Board, and served on the town’s Board of Selectmen.

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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