Lynne Blankenbeker for the 2nd District of New Hampshire.

May 11, 04:19 AM
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Lynne Blankenbeker for the 2nd District of New Hampshire. @BlankenbekerNH

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Lynne Blankenbeker is an accomplished Nurse, Veteran, Legislator, and Attorney. She has dedicated herself to caring for members of the military, veterans and their families. A Captain in the Navy Reserves, Lynne has deployed three times in support of Operations in the Middle East. She has most recently served two active duty tours in DC; one at the Pentagon and one at the Defense Health Headquarters.

Upon graduation from nursing school, Lynne was initially commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant through Air Force ROTC. While serving on active duty, Lynne deployed to the Middle East in 1990 as an operating room and trauma flight nurse, in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. At the conclusion of Desert Storm, Lynne became an inactive reservist while raising her daughter and working as a nurse. She again answered our nation’s call by joining the Navy Reserve Nurse Corps in 2000 and, following the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Lynne was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Lynne is currently the commanding officer of the Navy Reserve Medical Unit assigned to Navy Medical Center San Diego.  

In 2009, she ran for and won a special election for the New Hampshire House of Representatives, beating the former Mayor of Concord in a heavily Democrat district by 17 votes.

In the legislature she worked on veterans and public health issues in addition to playing a key role in balancing the state’s biennial budget. Lynne won re-election in 2010, but was unable to run again in 2012 due to being recalled to active duty in 2011 to Kandahar, Afghanistan. In 2012, she was selected by the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women as their Woman of the Year, an award that she accepted remotely from Afghanistan.

Lynne’s most recent recall to active duty was as a key healthcare policy adviser at the Pentagon and Defense Health Headquarters ensuring that our medical teams are properly trained to deliver the best care possible to our wounded service members. Lynne resides in Concord with her husband Dennis, and is the proud mother of her daughter Shannon who recently completed law school at Baylor University.