John Lynch (New Hampshire)

John H. Lynch ( born November 25, 1952 in Waltham, Massachusetts) is an American lawyer and politician. From 2005 to 2013 he was governor of the state of New Hampshire; his successor was Maggie Hassan.


John Lynch studied until 1974 Law at the University of New Hampshire and then went to Harvard Business School. His doctorate was at Georgetown University. He then worked in various positions, including as head of the receiving office of the Harvard Business School, as CEO of Knoll Inc., a national furniture manufacturer and as president of the Lynch Group, an economic consulting firm in Manchester, New Hampshire. Just before the gubernatorial election, he worked as chairman of the University System of New Hampshire.

John Lynch is married to Susan Lynch and lives with her ​​and their three children, Jacqueline, Julia and Hayden in Hopkinton, New Hampshire.

Governor of New Hampshire

John Lynch was selected as the Democratic Party candidate for Governor of New Hampshire on November 2, 2004, beating the Republican incumbent Craig Benson by. On 6 January 2005 he was sworn in for the post. In a population survey of 20 December 2005 Lynch was voted the most popular of all the governors of his party. On 4 November 2008 he was again confirmed by a clear majority as governor. In January 2013 he retired from office.