John H. Lynch

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John Lynch
November 25, 1952
Governor of New Hampshire
Assumed office
January 6, 2005
Preceded by Craig Benson
Political party Democratic
Profession Executive
Website Governor John Lynch Official site
John H. Lynch (b. November 25, 1952, Waltham, Massachusetts) is a Democratic politician who is currently serving as the Governor of New Hampshire. In 2010, he was elected to an unprecedented fourth consecutive two-year term.

Personal life and career

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1974, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Prior to his election, Lynch's career included work as Director of Admissions at Harvard Business School, CEO of Knoll Inc., a national furniture manufacturer, and president of The Lynch Group, a business consulting firm in Manchester, New Hampshire. Lynch was serving as Chairman of the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees when he announced he would run for governor.

He and his wife, Dr. Susan Lynch, live in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. They have three children, Julia, Hayden and Jacqueline. Jacqueline, the eldest, currently attends Bucknell University.


A businessman and Democratic Party politician, Lynch was elected on November 2, 2004, defeating Republican incumbent Craig Benson by a narrow margin. Lynch was the first challenger to defeat a one-term incumbent in New Hampshire in 78 years. He was sworn in on January 6, 2005. As Governor, he is a member of both the National Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association.

In a poll released on December 20, 2005,[1] Lynch was ranked as the most popular of all Democratic incumbents, with 69% approval versus 21% disapproval. As of February, 2008, he has an approval rating of 73%, one of the highest such ratings in the country.[2]. As of June 20, 2008 his approval rating is 57% good or excellent and 11% poor.[3]

In April 2006, Lynch was awarded the National Chairman of Volunteers Award for Volunteer Excellence by the American Red Cross, mainly due to his leadership during the 2005 floods. [4]

Lynch was elected to a second two year term in a 74-26 landslide over Republican Jim Coburn. Lynch's coattails helped Democrats take over both houses of the State Legislature, and upset incumbent Congressmen Charlie Bass and Jeb Bradley. Lynch's 74 percent of the vote was the largest margin of victory ever in a New Hampshire gubernatorial race.[5] Lynch's poll numbers also improved following his successful re-election. His approval rating rose to 79% in November and his disapproval rating dropped to 17%. This makes him the second most popular governor in the nation behind John Hoeven.[6]

Lynch describes his first term as a period in which bipartisan unity was accomplished. With the support of Republicans, Lynch was able to to eliminate the state's budget deficit, design a plan to help small businesses with health care costs, and create new laws protecting children from predators. He lists some of the goals of his current term as raising the graduation rate and test scores, increasing the quality of education is struggling schools, making health care more accessible, and preserve the state's environment.[7]

Governor Lynch generally holds liberal social views but more conservative economic beliefs, as is in line with the somewhat libertarian nature of New Hampshire. He supports abortion rights and would like to make emergency contraception more accessible, favors legalizing civil unions for gay couples within his state, and supports upholding New Hampshire's current gun laws and death penalty. However, he is a strong supporter of requiring balanced budgets and is an opponent of the sales and income tax.[8]

State Budget Deficit

During his third term, Lynch faced a severe budget deficit brought about by increased state spending and revenues that failed to meet budget projections.[9]. On April 8, 2010, Lynch estimated that the total deficit would reach $220 million[10], short of estimates from the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.

Lynch's proposed fix for the budget hole[11] included targeted cuts at various state agencies, a $.20 per pack tax on cigarettes, anticipated aid from the federal government, and significant borrowing[12]. On April 12, 2010, the Legislative Fiscal Committee unanimously approved Lynch's Executive Order[13] cutting $25 million from state agencies in Fiscal Year 2010[14]. The remainder of Lynch's proposal needs approval from the full Legislature.

False surplus

On October 4, 2010, Lynch announced that the state ended Fiscal Year 2010 with a $70 million surplus. However, that figure includes both new debt and an $80 million transfer, or loan, from the current fiscal year. The unaudited "surplus statement" comes from the Department of Revenue Administration.

The FY10 Budget borrowed money to meet the state’s payments to local school districts under the Building Aid Program. By taking $45 million out of the General Fund, and paying for it out of the Capital Budget, the Governor and Legislature have created the illusion of a spending cut, while actually increasing the cost of the program.[15]

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

In early July 2011, Lynch vetoed legislation that would repeal New Hampshire’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Lynch--a longtime RGGI supporter--promised throughout 2011 that he would veto any bill pulling New Hampshire out of ten-state cap and trade compact. The RGGI auctions off the right to emit carbon dioxide from fossil fuel power plants.

The New Hampshire House passed the RGGI repeal with more than enough support to override a veto. However, the Senate is likely to uphold Lynch’s veto, as five Republican Senators have joined all five Senate Democrats in supporting the program, with reforms in how RGGI revenues are distributed.[16]



See also: New Hampshire gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Lynch overwhelmingly won the September 14 primary, defeating Timothy Robertson and Frank Sullivan.

Lynch faced John Stephen (R) and John J. Babiarz (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

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