John H. Lynch (born November 25, 1952) is the 80th and current Governor of New Hampshire. Lynch was first elected in 2004 and has been re-elected every two years since.
Lynch was born in Waltham, Massachusetts, the fifth of William and Margaret Lynch's six children. He attended local schools prior to earning 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.
While CEO of Knoll Inc., he transformed the $50 million a year losses into a profit of nearly $240 million. Under his leadership, Knoll created new jobs, gave factory workers annual bonuses, established a scholarship program for the children of employees, created retirement plans for employees who didn’t have any, and gave workers stock in the company.
Lynch and his wife, Dr. pediatrician at Concord Hospital and a Childhood Obesity Activist (FATI), live in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. They have three children, Jacqueline, Julia and Hayden. Jacqueline, the eldest, recently graduated from University of New Hampshire. Julia currently attends Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Hayden currently attends Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts.
Susan Lynch, a
Governor of New Hampshire
A businessman and Democratic Party politician, Lynch was elected the 80th Governor of New Hampshire 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 the state in 78 years. He was sworn in on January 6, 2005.
Governor John Lynch won a historic fourth term on November 2, 2010. According to the Concord Monitor "When he begins his fourth 2-year term in January, Lynch will become the state's longest-serving governor in nearly two centuries. John Taylor Gilman was the last governor to serve longer than six years, serving 14 one-year terms as governor between 1794 and 1816. (The state switched to two-year terms in 1877)"
As governor, Lynch has refused to enact a Sales or Income Tax for New Hampshire, in spite of the fact that such broadbased taxes had the support of the Democratic majority in the NH house.
He has increased the state's Rainy Day reserve fund to record levels. When the national economic downturn hit New Hampshire, Lynch cut spending while preserving essential services. In 2008, New Hampshire won the "Most Livable State Award" for the fifth consecutive year. 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. On June 3, 2009, Lynch signed a same-sex marriage bill into law, despite being personally opposed to gay marriages, making New Hampshire the fifth state in the U.S. to allow such unions. As Governor, Lynch is a member of both the National Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association.
2008 presidential election
John H. Lynch, one of eight superdelegates from New Hampshire, remained neutral during the 2008 primary to "focus on being a good host to the primary", according to a statement by spokesman Colin Manning. At an event on June 27, 2008 in Unity, New Hampshire, John Lynch formally endorsed Barack Obama for President. His wife, Susan, endorsed Hillary Clinton during the New Hampshire Primary and served as national Co-Chairwoman of "Hillary for President". "As a mother and as a pediatrician, I share Hillary Clinton’s commitment to fighting for children and families.
We face big challenges, and I believe Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to deliver the changes we need," Dr. Lynch said in a statement shortly before an appearance with Clinton. During the 2004 presidential election, Lynch supported Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean for President and was a member of "Doctors for Dean".