- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Rep. Jack Flanagan of Brookline is stepping down from his post as House majority leader to focus on his potential bid for Congress.

Flanagan says it is difficult to devote time and resources to both his exploratory committee and the duties of legislative leadership. He plans to keep his seat as a representative from Brookline.

Flanagan, in his third term, may challenge U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, a Democrat, to represent the state’s 2nd district. The district spans western New Hampshire and includes the cities of Concord and Nashua.

Jasper says he plans to announce Flanagan’s replacement in the coming days. Lawmakers will return to Concord in two weeks for a special session dedicated to substance abuse, and the 2016 session kicks off in January.

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