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Return to active duty prompts Nashua senator to not seek re-election

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 06. 2012 2:00PM

CONCORD - District 13 state Sen. Gary Lambert announced Friday he will not seek re-election to the seat he has held one term.

The Nashua resident won the seat, which represents Wards 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8, in the 2010 Republican landslide. Until then, the seat had been held by a Democrat for 94 years.

Lambert said, 'I truly love my job as a state Senator and, after one year, still feel a tremendous sense of honor, awe and excitement every time I step onto the Senate floor. Being able to serve the people of Nashua has been a real privilege for me and I believe I've been able to accomplish things for them which makes stepping aside all the more difficult.'

Lambert will return to active duty as a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve and he said that played a major role in his decision.

A judge found the Department of the Navy and the Marine Corps violated federal law by involuntarily retiring Lambert and 98 other colonels from the Marine Corps Reserve in October 2009.

'My 33 years in the Corps, and now my term as a state Senator, have only strengthened my belief in public service,' Lambert said. 'I would encourage good candidates to come forward to run for my open seat and hope that whoever wins enjoys serving the people of District 13 as much as I have.'

Lambert is a member of the Senate Health and Human Services, Energy & Natural Resources and Internal Affairs Committees of which he is Vice-Chair.

Lambert is senior partner at Lambert & Associates, a law firm he founded in 1989 specializing in patent and trademark law.

Lambert received the Bronze Star Medal in 2005 for his service in Iraq, serving during Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom

From June 2004 to January 2005, he served as Deputy Legal Counsel and Acting Chief Legal Counsel to the Commanding General of the Multi-National Force - Iraq in Baghdad.

Lambert is the third Republican state Senator to announce he will not return after one term. Sens. Ray White of Bedford and James Forsythe of Strafford are the other two.

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