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Kenney, NH senator, back from the war
By GARRY RAYNO Union Leader Staff
MANCHESTER – State Sen. Joseph Kenney, 45, of Wakefield returned to the Granite State yesterday after spending the last five months stationed in Iraq.
Greeted by friends, supporters and several people who held signs that read “Draft Kenney for Governor,” he arrived at Manchester Airport yesterday afternoon dressed in his desert camouflage.
“It’s good to be back,” Kenney said. “I finished up my tour serving my country, now I look forward to serving the state of New Hampshire again and especially the people in (Senate) District 3.”
Kenney was stationed in Baghdad and was a military advisor to the Iraqi ground forces command for five months, but has been away from home for six months.
“We’re making steady progress, but it’s a complex environment over there with lots of ethnic differences and in-fighting. The coalition led by the Americans is the glue keeping it all together,” he said.
Kenney said his friends have been very supportive while he has been away. The Senate and House legislative staff and recreation group, or SHARC, sent him a Christmas tree and gifts during the holidays, he noted.
He was greeted by his wife and two children — the youngest, his daughter, was only two-months old when he left to go overseas.
Sara Brothers, the daughter of Department of Employment Security Commissioner Richard Brothers of Tilton, held a sign that read “Joe Kenney American Hero.”
Brothers, who held a sign welcoming Kenney home, noted “(Joe) would make a great governor.”
Kenney said he would be back at the State House chairing the Executive Departments and Administration Committee on Tuesday.
Kenney is currently serving his second term in the Senate after serving four terms in the House. He is vice chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee and is a member of the Public and Municipal Affairs Committee.
His colleagues in the Senate plan a celebration in his honor this week.
Kenney is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marines Corps and has served since 1980.