Rep. Joe Osgood for Senate District 5

Rep. Philip “Joe” Osgood, a first-time Republican candidate for the Senate, is a three-term state representative from Claremont who is running to represent Senate District 5, which includes Canaan, Enfield, Hanover, Lebanon and Lyme in Grafton County and Charlestown, Claremont, Cornish and Plainfield in Sullivan County.

Rep. Osgood, a Families First Pledge signer who voted with Cornerstone 97 percent of the time during his past term in the House, was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee during the past term. As a member of the committee, Rep. Osgood served a critical role in accurately predicting the state’s revenue within 0.0003 percent of actual state receipts for fiscal year 2012. His committee was responsible for a resolution (HR 11) that not only accurately predicted state revenues, it also required legislators working on the budget to spend no more than the revenue prediction. It was this resolution that led to the Legislature’s 11 percent state budget reduction (HB 1 & HB 2) that also reduced taxes and fees without using any budgeting gimmicks or passing costs down to cities and towns.

Besides his efforts on the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Osgood co-sponsored a successful cost-saving bill (HB 438) that required the district courts in Claremont, Colebrook, Milford, Keene and Plaistow to operate within their budget. He is also the chairman of the executive finance committee of the county delegation.

The senate candidate said he would work in the N.H. Senate to ensure the state provides an education that successfully prepares students as “viable members of the community and work force.” Additionally, he said he would work to keep government small so taxes can remain as low as possible, which in turn would stimulate the economy and help the private sector create jobs. He said he has a respect for the Constitution and a reverence to God’s gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all people.

The lifelong Claremont resident has been employed or self-employed in the auto repair business since he was 16 years old, and he has also served on the Cornish Police Department, he said. He lives with his wife, with whom he has three grown children and four grandchildren.

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