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Kuster Announces She Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2024


Concord, N.H. — Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following message to the people of New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District:


“When I was first elected to Congress in 2012, I promised to bring a new approach to Washington. Over the past 12 years, I have been proud to do just that. As founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, I have pushed for comprehensive legislation to address this crisis and expand access to treatment and recovery services. As founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, I have worked across the aisle to tackle the scourge of sexual violence and equip survivors with the support they need to recover. As chair of the New Democrat Coalition, I have helped bridge the partisan divide and find commonsense solutions to the biggest issues facing our country. While there is still more to be done, we have made great progress.


“This work has been many things — rewarding, frustrating, inspiring, and challenging. But, more than anything, it has been an honor. As your congresswoman, I have had the chance to meet directly with the people who make New Hampshire such an incredible place to live, work, and raise a family. From our small business owners to our first responders, farmers, teachers, veterans, health care providers, seniors, and local leaders, every conversation has been insightful and has guided my efforts in Washington.


“As I look to the future, I am excited by the work and opportunities that lie ahead. We all have a role to play in standing up for what we believe in, advocating for a better future, and pursuing the change that we want to see. I always said I was not going to stay in Congress forever — I will not be seeking re-election in 2024. 


“I will continue serving the people of New Hampshire until the end of my term in January 2025. In the months ahead, I will use my time to help Congress build on the progress we have made and finish the job for the American people. I will continue to lead the New Democrat Coalition to help pass comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to move our country forward.


“Thank you to the people of New Hampshire’s Second District who have trusted me to represent them for the past 12 years. Thank you to my husband Brad, my sons Zach and Travis, and my family for always standing with me through this journey, every step of the way. It’s the honor of my life to represent my home and my community, bringing our Granite State values and the voices of New Hampshire’s Second District to Congress. 




Congresswoman Kuster has worked to get critical legislation signed into law for the people of New Hampshire, including many bills she championed.


First elected to Congress in 2012, Congresswoman Kuster has been a leading voice in Washington for delivering results and finding common ground. 

  • As a Member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, she helped protect Veteran business owners, improve veterans' access to quality health care, increase service member pay, and address sexual assault in our armed forces. 
  • As a Member of the Agriculture Committee, she helped negotiate two critical Farm Bills, delivering key resources for farmers, foresters, fishermen, and rural communities across the country. She also helped secure critical federal resources to strengthen NH’s food supply chain and support the agricultural industry.
  • As a Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, she helped steer our country and our health care system through the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the safe and equitable distribution of vaccines, expanding access to telehealth services, and supporting frontline workers. On the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, she helped expand access to high-quality broadband in rural communities. On the Energy Subcommittee, she pushed for legislation to expand clean energy production and lower energy prices for American families. And, on the Health Subcommittee, she advanced critical bipartisan legislation to address the addiction and mental health crisis.


Kuster has built a strong bipartisan record, working across the aisle to solve the problems facing our nation. 

  • She is the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Task Force, working to end the addiction and mental health crisis. 
  • She is the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, working to address the scourge of sexual assault and help survivors find justice. 
  • She is the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Ski and Snowboard Caucus, working to support the outdoor recreation industry and protect the winter sports we know and love.
  • She is also on the Bipartisan 21st Century Long-Term Care Caucus and the Bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force.