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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gene Chandler has again been elected speaker of the New Hampshire House, replacing fellow Republican Shawn Jasper, who resigned to become the state agriculture commissioner.

Chandler, who is in his 18th term representing Bartlett, previously served as speaker from 2001 to 2004 and until his promotion Thursday, as deputy speaker. He assured members that he will treat each of them with the dignity and respect they deserve regardless of party or ideology.

It took two rounds of voting for Chandler to defeat Democrat Steve Shurtleff of Concord and the Libertarian nominee, Republican Jim McConnell of Swanzey. The final vote was 192 for Chandler, 152 for Shurtleff and 11 for McConnell.

The second year of the two-year legislative session starts in January. Republicans hold majorities in both the House and Senate.