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    New Hampshire Democratic Rep. Ann Kuster to retire from Congress

    Rep. Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), chair of the influential New Democratic Coalition, will not seek reelection this year.

    Kuster, who was first elected to Congress in 2012 and has served six terms on the Hill, said in a statement Wednesday that she will retire at the end of this Congress.

    “This work has been many things — rewarding, frustrating, inspiring, and challenging. But, more than anything, it has been an honor,” Kuster said in the statement. “As your congresswoman, I have had the chance to meet directly with the people who make New Hampshire such an incredible place to live, work, and raise a family. From our small business owners to our first responders, farmers, teachers, veterans, health care providers, seniors, and local leaders, every conversation has been insightful and has guided my efforts in Washington.”

    Kuster has led the centrist New Democratic Coalition in a thinly divided House, which gave the group more influence in the chamber. In her statement, she said she plans to chair the caucus until her term ends “to help pass comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to move our country forward.”

    During her time in Congress, Kuster has pushed for legislation to address addiction and mental health, and, as a survivor of sexual assault, she founded a task force to work on policy that would reduce sexual violence and provide survivors with support.

    In the House, she was a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, where she helped shepherd legislation to protect veterans’ small businesses. She also sat on the Agriculture Committee and is a current member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

    The congresswoman has also been open about her experience during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

    “What I think about every day is what would have happened to our democracy if a group of members of Congress were either killed or taken hostage,” Kuster told WMUR9 days before the third anniversary of the attack.

    In 2022, Kuster won reelection by a little more than 11 points in New Hampshire’s 2nd District.

    The district — which includes the state capital, Concord, and its second-largest city, Nashua — has voted for Democratic candidates in the last six presidential elections, most recently supporting Joe Biden with 54 percent of the vote against then-President Donald Trump, who received 45 percent of the vote.



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