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New Hampshire State Representative Leaves Democratic Party, Joins Republican Party

February 13, 2024

A New Hampshire state representative switched parties last week.

Matt Coker, a first-term state representative from Meredith, New Hampshire, left the Democratic Party and joined the Republican Party.

After extensive reflection and deliberation I’ve made the decision to change my party affiliation from Democrat to Republican to better align my party with my core values,” he said, according to Manchester Link. “As I reflect on the first half of my term it is abundantly clear to me my proper place in this body is on the center-right side of the aisle. I’m excited to join my new caucus and continue working to deliver for my community.

Coker voted on February 1 in favor of a proposed amendment to the New Hampshire Constitution that would add a “fundamental right to abortion” through 24 weeks of pregnancy, and after 24 weeks if a doctor deems it “necessary,” according to a roll call. The measure failed to get the 60 percent majority needed to pass.

With the party switch, the New Hampshire House of Representatives now has 201 Republicans, 194 Democrats, three independents, and two vacancies, according to the report.


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