Robert E. Clegg Jr. (April 27, 1954 – August 31, 2023) was a well-known American politician who made significant contributions to the state of New Hampshire. He served as a Republican state senator representing New Hampshire’s 14th district and also made a bid for Congress in New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district, though he was unsuccessful in the latter endeavor.
A Dedicated State Legislator
Before his foray into congressional politics, Clegg had a noteworthy career in New Hampshire’s state legislature. He was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, where he served for four terms. During his time there, he held various leadership positions, including Speaker Pro Tempore, Assistant Majority Leader, and Majority Caucus Whip. His dedication and contributions were recognized when he was named Legislator of the Year by the National Republican Legislators Association and the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of New Hampshire. He also received the Outstanding Legislator Award from Grange #327, the New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training Commission’s Fire Academy Award, and the New Hampshire Health Care Association’s Government Leadership Award.
Active Committee Membership
Clegg was a proactive member of various committees, including the Judiciary Committee, the Transportation and Interstate Cooperation Committee, and the Capital Budget Committee. He also played vital roles in committees such as the Capital Budget Overview Committee, Strategic Capital Plan Committee, Emergency Management System Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, Hazardous Material Transportation Advisory Board, and the Telecommunications Oversight Committee. Additionally, he served as the Senate Majority Leader during his tenure in the Senate.
Beyond his legislative duties, Robert Clegg was deeply involved in his local community, particularly in his hometown of Hudson. He held various civic roles, such as town councilor, selectman, and member of committees like the Budget Committee, Building Board of Appeals, Economic Development Committee, and Charter Study Committee. His contributions extended to the Hudson Chamber of Commerce, where he was recognized as Citizen of the Year. He was also honored for his work on behalf of veterans by Hudson Post #48 and served as a justice of the peace.
Involvement in Organizations
Clegg’s commitment to public service extended to his involvement in various organizations. He was a member of the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) and served as a board member of the USPCA Foundation. Additionally, he held positions as the past President of the Hudson Taxpayers Association, Chairman of the State Building Code Review Board, and a member of the Hudson Masons.
Congressional Bid and Lobbying
In 2008, Robert Clegg made a significant career move by running for the U.S. House of Representatives in New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district. Unfortunately, he lost in the Republican primary to talk radio host Jennifer Horn, who ultimately lost to the incumbent, Paul Hodes.
In his later career, Clegg worked as a lobbyist for Legislative Solutions in Concord, New Hampshire.
Personal Life and Legacy
Robert Clegg’s personal life was anchored in Hudson, New Hampshire, where he lived with his wife, Priscilla, and raised their two children. On August 31, 2023, at the age of 69, Clegg passed away, leaving behind a legacy of dedication to public service and a lasting impact on the state of New Hampshire and its political landscape.