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Groen 7th senator who's not running

State House Bureau

May 03. 2012 11:22AM

CONCORD - Sen. Fenton Groen, R-Rochester, is the seventh state senator to announce he will not seek reelection to the Senate.

The freshman lawmaker was first elected in 2010 representing District 6, which includes the cities of Rochester and Somersworth and the towns of Barrington, Madbury and Nottingham.

Groen said his decision was business driven.

'Deciding not to run again was incredibly difficult,' he said. 'I truly love being a state senator. Solving problems for my constituents and making a real difference in the legislative process has been incredibly rewarding. However, I'm also a small-business owner and with the current state of the construction business, it has become clear our family construction business needs my complete attention.'

Groen said he expects to consider other elected office in the future.

'I care deeply about the current and future well-being of New Hampshire and I have every intention of continuing to be a part of positive change and growth,' he said.

Groen serves on the Judiciary and Executive Departments and Administration committees.

He is the CEO of Groen Builders Inc., a commercial and residential construction company, founding the business in 2000 with two of his sons after working 28 years in finance and management.

Six other state senators have announced they will not seek reelection: John Gallus, R-Berlin; Jim Forsythe, R-Strafford; Matthew Houde, D-Meriden; Ray White, R-Bedford; and Gary Lambert, R-Nashua, while Tom De Blois, R-Manchester, will be running for the District 4 Executive Council seat and must give up his senate seat.

Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Henniker, is moving and will not be running for reelection to his District 7 seat, but expects to run for the District 9 seat, which will include his new hometown of Bedford.

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