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Governor for 8 years, he's got NH in his heart
"New Hampshire is small enough to really be like a family," said Lynch, who served an unprecedented four terms as governor. "You can have friends in every corner of the state and everybody knows everybody or has a connection."
Lynch and his wife, Dr. Susan Lynch, live in Hopkinton and have three children, Jacqueline, Julia and Hayden. Last year, he opted not to seek a fifth term, instead choosing to return to private life. The transition has been smooth, he said, but perhaps a bit lonely.
Lynch, 60, said he looks back on his eight years as governor and finds a source of pride in his ability to bring people from different walks of life together to confront the issues that faced New Hampshire.
That unwillingness to adhere to party lines helped Lynch build coalitions in the state, he said.
Lynch said that changing the age kids can drop out from 16 to 18 was simply setting the bar.
Funerals were also difficult for Lynch, especially those of soldiers who returned home to New Hampshire to be buried.
His brightest days were those spent with fourth-graders who came to visit him at the State House.
Lynch won't be attending the Granite State Legacy Awards ceremony; he'll be traveling out of state.
"I'm very disappointed I won't be there," he said.
Dr. Sylvio Dupuis, Donna Sytek, Carolyn Benthien and Claira Monier are also being honored at this year's awards, which will be presented Thursday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m. at The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester.
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