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A jury has been selected for the trial of a former New Hampshire state senator who is facing domestic violence charges.

The trial for Jeff Woodburn from Whitefield is scheduled for July 31 in Coos Superior Court.

Woodburn pleaded not guilty last year to nine charges, including simple assault, domestic violence and criminal mischief.

He served three terms in the state Senate, and lost re-election last year to Republican David Starr from Franconia.

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The trial of a former New Hampshire state senator charged with domestic violence is expected to take place this summer.

Jeff Woodburn, of Whitefield, pleaded not guilty last year to nine charges, including simple assault, domestic violence and criminal mischief stemming from the encounters that took place both last year and this year. He is accused of slapping an unidentified woman and punching her in the stomach, as well as biting her once on the hand, and on another occasion, on the forearm.

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The domestic violence case against Jeff Woodburn, the former Democratic leader of the state Senate, is moving to Superior Court.

The latest order indicates the investigation into Woodburn may have started after a tip from a fellow lawmaker.

The lawyer for Jeff Woodburn's alleged victim says Woodburn's defense has pushed the idea that her client went to the police out of revenge over the failure of their relationship.

Attorney Patricia LaFrance says she'd argued that's not the case in court and in pleadings.

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Former New Hampshire Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn has lost his reelection bid in the North Country.

The Whitefield Democrat was arrested in August on several domestic-assault-related charges. State Democratic leaders urged Woodburn to drop out of the race at the time, but he remained on the ballot, fighting off a write-in challenge in the Democratic primary.

Woodburn was first elected to the District One Senate seat in 2012. Republican David Starr of Franconia will now hold that seat.

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Newly released court documents use Whitefield State Senator Jeff Woodburn's personal diaries to corroborate the domestic violence charges faced by the former Senate Democratic Leader.

According to an affidavit filed by a state investigator, last Christmas Day Woodburn wrote in his diary that he was "focused on my failure to control my anger,"  "It is becoming regular and it scares me."

In an earlier entry, from that August, Woodburn describes kicking the door off the dryer after an argument that included his partner throwing his clothes out on the lawn.

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Court documents filed Thursday indicate state Sen. Jeff Woodburn will argue self-defense in his trial on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence.

 

According to WMUR, court filings made by Woodburn's attorney claim that any force Woodburn used against the alleged victim was necessary to allow him to leave a volatile situation created by the alleged victim.

 

The filings also claim the alleged victim, his former partner, repeatedly tried to keep Woodburn from leaving her, including at one point brandishing a knife.

 

Fresh off a easy victory against a write-in opponent recruited by the Democratic Party, Jeff Woodburn returned to the state house for veto override day Thursday. All but one of his fellow Democrats in the Senate urged him to resign last month when he was charged with domestic violence. Woodburn says he intends to continue serving in Concord.

"The only people I'm expecting support from are people in my district. They are the ones who have given me this job and they are the only ones who are going to take it away."

A North Country Democrat is mounting a write-in campaign to challenge State Senator Jeff Woodburn, who is seeking reelection as he faces multiple misdemeanor domestic violence and assault changes. 

Kathleen Kelley says her positions on issues don't differ much from Woodburn, and that if elected she'd fight for more resources for the North Country -- for schools, for health care and to improve economic opportunity. Kelley says Senate District 1 needs representation that is beyond reproach.

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A lawyer for New Hampshire State Senator Jeff Woodburn has entered a not guilty plea on his behalf to assault and domestic violence charges.

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Several days after he was arrested on misdemeanor assault and domestic violence charges, Sen. Jeff Woodburn is stepping down as the leader of the Democratic caucus in the New Hampshire Senate - but staying put in his seat representing much of the North Country.

Allegra Boverman

State Senator Jeff Woodburn has been arrested on charges of domestic violence and simple assault.

The Attorney General alleges that Woodburn, a Democrat from Whitefield, struck and bit his partner on multiple occasions, between 2017 and June of this year.

(Read a statement from the New Hampshire Attorney General below.)

Allegra Boverman

 

 

If one New Hampshire lawmaker has his way, it might become difficult to find Russian vodka in the state's liquor stores.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn on Monday proposed a bill that would establish a bipartisan commission to consider ways the state could respond to what he calls "Russian interference in our democracy."

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Republican Governor Chris Sununu was sworn in at the New Hampshire State House Thursday.

He then gave an address that focused on the state's opioid crisis, business climate, and bi-partisanship.

Listen to the full audio of his address below, as well as the post-speech responses by Democratic State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn and Republican House Majority Leader Dick Hinch.

Listen to the speech:

Listen to Senator Jeff Woodburn's respond to the speech with NHPR's Laura Knoy. Woodburn is a Democrat, and the State Senate Minority Leader.

Some Northern Pass opponents are hoping Governor Maggie Hassan will sign Senate Bill 99, which they think may complicate approval of the controversial hydro-electric project. The bill may reach Hassan's desk this week but she says she hasn’t decided what to do.

“I haven’t reviewed the bill yet in any kind of detail so I’ll do that and then make up my mind,” she told NHPR Saturday.

An amendment to Senate Bill 152, which proposes a single casino in the state, provides details on how money designated for use in the North Country would be used.

Sen. Jeff Woodburn, a Democrat from Dalton, says his amendment:

1) Requires the funds would be managed by “three public members from the North Country appointed by the governor.” Each would serve a two-year term.

2) Requires the money would be used for “job creation, economic stability and other activities which improve the standard of living of residents of the North Country."

A bill authorizing a casino with 500 slot machines and 150 table games faces its first vote in the senate ways and means committee Tuesday morning.

The proposal enjoys the backing of Governor Maggie Hassan and calls for the casino to be located on the Massachusetts border.

But as NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports, it’s also getting some attention in the North Country.

As drafted, Senate Bill 152, envisions a sending part of of the casino’s profits to the North Country for economic development.

Sen. Jeff Woodburn is a Democrat from Dalton.

In the North Country, a longtime Executive Councilor held on to his seat and a Democrat snagged an open senate seat.  NHPR’s Chris Jensen has more.

Executive Councilor Ray Burton, a Republican from Bath, faced a challenge from Beth Funicella, a Democrat from Jackson.

Probably to nobody’s surprise the veteran Burton easily beat Funicella.

With 90 percent of the precincts reporting Burton had almost 68,000 votes.

That was roughly 22,000 more  than Funicella.

The other big race was for the senate seat vacated by Republican John Gallus.

Democrat Woodburn Takes North Country's Senate Seat

Nov 7, 2012

Democrat Jeff Woodburn of Dalton has won the senate race in the North Country, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

With 90 percent of the precincts reporting Woodburn had 13,664 votes.

That compared to 9,071 for Republican Debi Warner of Littleton.

The senate seat was vacated by Republican John Gallus of Berlin who chose not to seek re-election.

Debi Warner, a clinical psychologist from Littleton, is running for the seat being vacated by Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin.

So far Warner is the only Republican running.

Warner got her doctorate in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University.

She’s been in private practice in Coos and Grafton Counties and previously worked for a non-profit family clinic as well as state agencies in New York and New Hampshire.

Gallus told NHPR he doesn’t plan to endorse any candidate until after the September primary.

Less than two weeks after Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, said he wouldn’t seek another term representing the North Country two Democrats say they would like to take his place.

They are Jeff Woodburn and Paul Ingersoll, each of whom has previously served in the House of Representatives.

Woodburn, 47, is a free-lance reporter and owns White Mountain News.com.  Before that he had a real estate business focusing on historical buildings and was a teacher. The Whitefield native lives with his family in Dalton.