Rep. Robert F. Willette, a Families First Pledge signer who voted with Cornerstone 92 percent of the time, served as vice chairman of the House Redress of Grievances Committee during the past term. He is now seeking re-election in Hillsborough 23 (Milford), which has four seats in the N.H. House.
The Redress of Grievances Committee, which is beginning to shepherd New Hampshire’s government back toward its constitutional confines, was re-instated upon Rep. William O’Brien’s election as House speaker in 2010. For decades, the Legislature offered no mechanism for introducing petitions of redress, which are citizens’ only method for getting direct relief from government abuses. Addressing such petitions is required by Part 1, Article 31 of the N.H. Constitution: ”The Legislature shall assemble for the redress of public grievances and for making such laws as the public good may require.” Now, thanks to efforts from the committee’s Chairman Paul Ingbretson and Vice Chairman Rep. Willette, the people can petition their government again.
Rep. Willette was also co-sponsor of a bill to allow local wine festivals in New Hampshire (HB 276) and he co-sponsored a bill making it easier for employers to dismiss employees without benefits if the employees steal from their place of work (HB 26).
A lifetime resident of Milford, Rep. Willette is a member of Milford’s First Baptist Church and has served as a deacon, among other leadership roles. He has been a Cub Scout pack master, a Boy Scout master, a baseball coach and a farm league director. He served on the town and school budget advisory committees and on the town’s school board.
Rep. Willette lives with his wife Lorna and the couple has three adult sons. Upon his re-election, Cornerstone expects Rep. Willette to continue supporting traditional family values.