New Members 2010 - New Hampshire

Senate

House 01

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SEN.-ELECT KELLY AYOTTE (R-N.H.)

Date of birth: June 27, 1968
Birthplace: Nashua, N.H.
Residence: Nashua, N.H.
Occupation: Attorney
Education: B.A., Penn State University; J.D., Villanova University School of Law
Previous office held: Attorney General of New Hampshire
Family: Husband, Joseph; two children

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After surviving a tough Republican primary, during which she was repeatedly attacked from the right, Kelly Ayotte cruised to victory over Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes in the race to replace retiring Sen. Judd Gregg (R).

Ayotte worked as a prosecutor in the state attorney general’s office in New Hampshire before becoming chief counsel to former Gov. Craig Benson (R). In 2004, Benson appointed her to be state attorney general.

Her husband is an Iraq war veteran who flew combat missions over that country and currently serves in the Air National Guard.


REP.-ELECT FRANK GUINTA (R-N.H.-01)

Date of birth: Sept. 26, 1970
Birthplace: Edison, N.J.
Residence: Manchester, N.H.
Occupation: Small-business consultant
Education: B.A., Assumption College; M.A., Franklin Pierce Law Center
Previous office held: Mayor of Manchester, N.H.
Family: Wife, Morgan; two children

Frank Guinta beat second-term Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D) after a campaign in which he tied Shea-Porter’s voting record to that of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Guinta is the former mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire’s largest city. First elected in 2005, Guinta focused on reducing crime and cutting taxes. Guinta claims that during his tenure as mayor, Manchester saw a 15 percent drop in violent crime.

Before he became mayor, Guinta served two terms as an alderman and was elected twice as a state representative from Manchester. Guinta has a B.A. from Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., and a master’s in intellectual property from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H. Guinta and his wife, Morgan, have two boys, Colby and Jack.


REP.-ELECT CHARLIE BASS (R-N.H.-02)

Date of birth: Jan. 8, 1952
Birthplace: Boston
Residence: Peterborough, N.H.
Occupation: Consultant for clean-energy companies
Education: B.A., Dartmouth College
Previous office held: U.S. House of Representatives, 1994-2006
Family: Wife, Lisa; two children

Charlie Bass, 58, reclaimed the seat he had held for 12 years before his defeat in 2006.

While he built a relatively centrist record during his first stint in the House, he touted his credentials as a conservative to fend off a primary challenger in 2010 for the right to run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Paul Hodes (D), who ran for Senate.

Bass criticized the national Democratic agenda and used Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in campaign ads. A Boston native, he served for a decade in the New Hampshire state legislature before his election to the House in 1994.

Bass comes from a political family; his grandfather served as governor of New Hampshire, while his father was a congressman. After his defeat in 2006, he worked as a consultant for renewable-energy companies and later touted his experience with small businesses.