Americans For Prosperity Ranking: A+
Representative Chris Christensen
27 Greatstone Dr.
Merrimack, NH 03054
Dear Representative Christensen:
On behalf of the more than 29,000 members of AFP Foundation –NH, I want to commend you on your commitment to voting in support of legislation advancing economic freedom and prosperity in the state.
As you may know, you are one of only 27 members of the NH General Court to earn an A+ rating for the 2011-2012 biennial session in our recently released Legislative Score Card.
You can read more about the score card and view the specifics on our website at www.americansforprosperity.org/new-hampshire.
Corey R. Lewandowski
AFP Foundation – NH
PO Box 464 • Windham, NH 03087 • 603-894-5881
Personal and Family
Living in New Hampshire means we are always close to the values we grew up with. I grew up (summers) in the Lakes Region and Lynn and I settled there after college (Colby in Waterville, ME for me, U Miami for her). A year later, I was in flight training for the US Navy. After the Navy, we moved to Merrimack with our daughter Kari, who was only three weeks old, and I started my business career in insurance and financial services. A few years later, we were joined by our son, Jeff. We have two grandchildren, Clara and Caden. Most of you have probably met Molly, my constant companion on the campaign trail.
First with the Jaycees, then with Rotary, I have been involved in, and led, a variety of service projects. In 1995-96, I was the general chairman for Merrimack’s 250th Anniversary. Volunteers raised over $100,000, and in September 1996 we dedicated Abbie Griffin Park and the Merrimack Community Bandstand. We saw what we could accomplish with no tax dollars when we developed and shared goals and we really did have a great sense of community which continues. I think all of our citizens share this sense of pride in our communities and in New Hampshire.
Town Master Plan Committees (2) Conservation Commission
Trustee of Trust Funds (again) Parks and Recreation Committee
Horse Hill Nature Preserve Wasserman Park Master Plan
St. Joseph Community Services (Board of Directors)
New Hampshire Foundation for Companion Animal Care (President)
Planning Board and Trustee of Trust Funds were my first offices held. Following the 250th Anniversary, I gave these up to become a Selectman, and was elected chair for two terms. Merrimack was still growing, but we were able to hold the Town’s tax rate stable through those years, and even built up a little surplus.
The next step was getting elected to the Merrimack Delegation to the House of Representatives, where I am in my sixth term, serving on the Resources, Recreation and Development Committee. Several bills have had my sponsorship, aimed at reducing expense and red tape for development while still maintaining a watchful eye on our resources, and encouraging development of parks, forest products and tourism. On a more local basis, when state aid for kindergarten lapsed, I was able to get it reinstated for Merrimack and other towns in a similar fix, for the four years it took to get the new students worked into the school funding programs.
A long term goal for Merrimack has always been a town center. For me, this started with a Jaycee project in 1976 at Twin Bridge Park across the road from the John O’Leary Adult Community Center (a Rotary project). In 1996, we built Abbie Griffin Park, and a bill filed by me in 2006 was the starting point for the new courthouse dedicated in 2010. Another step towards a town center.