U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg- www.gregg.senate.gov
Elected to a second term in the United States Senate in 1998 with the highest voter percentage in New Hampshire's history, Judd Gregg holds several key leadership and committee positions that give him an influential voice in national affairs. From 1995 - 2002, Senator Gregg served as the Chief Deputy Whip of the Republican Party in the Senate.
Senator Gregg helps shape national policy from his seat on several important Senate committees, including the Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee; the Appropriations Committee, where he serves as the Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, State and Judiciary Subcommittee and an influential member on the Interior, Defense, Labor-Health-Education, and Foreign Operations subcommittees; and the Budget Committee. On these committees, Senator Gregg impacts the national debate on such vital issues as the federal budget, education, international affairs, anti-crime efforts, Social Security, education and health care.
Senator Gregg's second term agenda includes improving the nation's education system and focusing on fully funding and reforming special education, maintaining fiscal responsibility in Washington, supporting policies that promote strong economic growth in New Hampshire and the nation, and protecting New Hampshire's environment.
Judd Gregg has the unique honor of being the first elected official in New Hampshire history to serve the state in each of the following capacities: two terms as United States Senator, 1993-Present; two terms as Governor of New Hampshire, 1989-1993; four terms as United States Representative for New Hampshire's Second Congressional District, 1981-1989; and one term as Executive Councilor for New Hampshire's District 5, 1979-1981.
A New Hampshire native, Senator Gregg was born in Nashua on February 14, 1947. He was educated in Nashua public schools, Phillips Exeter Academy (1965), and Columbia University (A.B., 1969). He received his J.D. in 1972 from Boston University Law School and his L.L.M. in tax law in 1975. Upon graduating from law school, he returned to Nashua and became a partner in the law firm of Sullivan, Gregg and Horton. He is married to Kathleen MacLellan Gregg. They have two daughters, Molly and Sarah, and a son, Joshua. Senator and Mrs. Gregg are residents of Rye, New Hampshire.
U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu- www.sununu.senate.gov
John Sununu first ran for public office in 1996, winning election in New Hampshire’s First Congressional District and serving three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2002, John defeated both an incumbent Senator and an incumbent Governor to become the youngest member of the United States Senate.
At the age of 38, John has already distinguished himself as a dedicated tax-fighter and an innovative legislator, bringing an extensive background in science, engineering, and small business to his work in Washington. He is the 61st person to serve New Hampshire as a Senator and occupies the Senate seat held by such distinguished individuals as Nicholas Gilman, a signer of the U.S. Constitution, and Styles Bridges, one of New Hampshire’s longest-serving Senators and a leader of the Senate.
During his six years in the House of Representatives, John rose to become Vice-Chairman of the Budget Committee, taking a leading role in shaping the nation’s annual budget priorities. He also served on the House Appropriations Committee and worked to pass legislation protecting New Hampshire’s Lamprey River, supporting the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, and strengthening funding for special education.
In the Senate, John serves on the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Committee on Governmental Affairs, and the Joint Economic Committee. John is Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Terrorism.
John Sununu grew up in Salem, New Hampshire and is one of eight children. He was first introduced to public service at a young age when his mother served as chairman of the local school board. John attended public schools, graduated from Salem High School, and received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. John has also earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
John and his wife Kitty have three children.
U.S. Rep. Jeb Bradley- www.house.gov/bradley
As a Member of Congress, Jeb Bradley is focusing his attention on a number of key issues, such as winning the war on terrorism and keeping our homeland safe, reinvigorating our economy through tax relief and jobs creation, providing veterans and those who serve our country with the pay and benefits they deserve, and making healthcare more affordable and accessible.
Bradley serves on the Armed Services, Small Business and Veteran's Affairs Committees. These areas are of particular importance to New Hampshire's First Congressional District. Jobs provided by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and defense contractors are extremely important to New Hampshire's economy and our nation's security. Small business has been the backbone of New Hampshire's economy for years. Veterans' issues are also critical as over 137,000 past members of our nation's armed services live in New Hampshire.
Prior to becoming a Member of Congress, Bradley served in the New Hampshire Legislature for twelve years where he chaired the Science, Technology and Energy Committee, as well as the Joint Committee on Ethics. When New Hampshire faced electrical rates that were the highest in the country, Bradley spearheaded legislation that lowered rates for PSNH customers by more than fifteen percent. Bradley also sponsored the Clean Power Act, a piece of legislation that made New Hampshire the first state to address sulfur, nitrogen, carbon dioxide and mercury emissions.
While in the State Legislature, Bradley was widely recognized for his accomplishments. In 2000, Ski New Hampshire named Bradley Legislator of the Year. Bradley has also received the Governor George D. Aiken Award, which is given by the Northeast Association of Electric Cooperatives, and was named a "New Hampshire Leader for the 21st Century" by Business NH Magazine.
Before joining the State Legislature, Bradley owned and operated several small businesses.
Bradley enjoys spending time on Rust Pond in Wolfeboro with his family. An avid skier, snowboarder and rock climber, Bradley has ascended 28 of New Hampshire's 48 4,000-foot peaks.
U.S. Rep. Charles Bass- www.house.gov/bass
Congressman Charles Bass was first elected to Congress in 1994. Since then, the Peterborough native has established himself as an experienced lawmaker, a responsive public servant, and an independent voice for New Hampshire and the nation.
Since entering Congress in 1995, Charlie Bass has made increasing federal funding for special education a top priority. The Laconia Citizen wrote, "Bass has heard and heeded the appeals of his constituents whose school districts are being crippled by the high cost of special education. He believes, as we do, that special education costs should be the federal government’s top education priority." Bass’ bill to mandate full funding of federal assistance for special education has made him a nationally recognized leader on the issue and earned the Peterborough Republican the Council for Exceptional Children’s 2002 Outstanding Public Service Award.
Environmental groups in New Hampshire have recognized Bass’ strong record of protecting the environment and his commitment to conservation. The 2nd District Congressman has helped secure federal funding to preserve, protect, and enhance some of the state’s most outstanding natural resources, including the 171,000 acres of land in Northern New Hampshire and environmentally sensitive lands around Lake Tarleton, Bretton Woods, Pond of Safety, and Lake Umbagog. Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests President Jane Difly said, "Congressman Bass continues to show real leadership on the environment through these and many other efforts, something many New Hampshire citizens care deeply about."
Currently serving his fifth term, Congressman Bass is a Member of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. As the oldest standing committee in the House, the Energy and Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over energy, commerce, environment, health, telecommunications, travel, and tourism. As a member of the Committee, Bass is working to reboot New Hampshire’s high tech economy and lower prescription drug costs for all Americans.
Charlie Bass’s public service to the Granite State started in 1982 as a State Representative. He served for three terms in the House, becoming Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. In 1988, he was elected to the State Senate, where he served as Chairman of the Public Affairs and Ethics committees, as well as Co-Chairman of the Economic Development Committee.
Charlie Bass and his wife Lisa currently reside in Peterborough with their two young children, Lucy and Jonathan.
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