Rep. Gregory Sorg for Grafton 3 (Bath, Benton, Easton, Landaff, Orford, Piermont, Warren)

Rep. Gregory Sorg voted with Cornerstone 97 percent of the time, served as vice chairman of the House Judiciary and Constitutional Review committees and sat in for several petitions as a member of the Redress of Grievances committee. He faces a Democrat in a one-seat race for state representative in Grafton 3 (Bath, Benton, Easton, Landaff, Orford, Piermont, Warren).

Rep. Sorg said he prides himself in his effort to keep bills from getting passed, since many of them increase the size of government into areas where no government should be. However, this past session, Rep. Sorg sponsored a successful bill (HB 590) to study federal grants and aid, which he hopes will change the conversation about the merits of accepting money from the federal government. He was later named chairman of the committee, which generally concluded in a report that New Hampshire is selling its sovereignty in exchange for the return of taxpayer dollars. The committee found that the state should take steps to reduce its dependency on federal dollars to increase its autonomy.

Rep. Sorg was also pleased with the results of Petition 18, a Redress of Grievance Committee petition for Jeffrey Frost of Manchester that the committee ruled was founded. In summary, Mr. Frost is in the business of buying, renovating and selling real estate, but for one client, he bought back the mortgage for the property and loaned money to a client so the client could afford to buy the property. Because of this one deal, the New Hampshire banking department prosecuted Mr. Frost for operating as an unlicensed mortgage broker, conducted searches of all of his paperwork and dragged him through the mud. The case was tried in the N.H. court system and went all the way to the Supreme Court, which found in Mr. Frost’s favor. However, the court did not award attorney fees to Mr. Frost, despite his hassle. Rep. Sorg said the Redress of Grievances Committee recommended a bill to reimburse Mr. Frost from banking department funds, and he plans to introduce that bill upon reelection. If successful, the effort will lend further credibility to the Redress of Grievances Committee, Sorg said.

Rep. Sorg was one of several co-sponsors of HB 437, the bill to restore traditional marriage in New Hampshire, CACR 26, a constitutional amendment that would restore the Legislature’s oversight over the court system, and HB 1297, which prevented the state from implementing Obamacare in New Hampshire.