Democrat
U.S. Representative
District 2nd
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Background

Experience

Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2012 - present); Attorney; Community/Non-profit Activist

Family
Married; Children: 2
Education
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC.
BA, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
Home Address
18 North Main Street, Fourth Floor
Concord, NH 03301
Work Address
137 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

POSITION ON ISSUES

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Crime and Public Safety

Do you support Pres. Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement?
Should the federal government limit certain firearm purchases to residents over age twenty-one?
Should the government pursue more opportunities to produce fossil fuels?
Should the NSA continue its bulk data collection programs for U.S. citizens?
Should the government enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana?
How should the U.S. combat the Islamic State?
Should the U.S. impose additional sanctions on North Korea unless it abandons its nuclear program?
Should the U.S. impose additional sanctions on Russia in retaliation for its aggressive action in Syria and the Ukraine?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should the federal government expand background checks for firearms sales?
Should the federal government increase spending on defense?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should the federal government lower the corporate tax rate?
Should the federal government reform Social Security by raising the retirement age?
Do you believe the "Trump tax plan" bill passed in December 2017 helps middle income citizens?
Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?
Should the U.S. join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
Should the federal government raise the minimum wage?
Should the federal government repeal the Dodd-Frank financial regulations?
Should the government compel corporations to pay more in federal taxes, for example by closing “loopholes?”
State role in economic growth
Should NH pass right-to-work legislation?
Should the federal government privatize some or all of Social Security?
Do you generally support higher tariffs on imports from countries such as China, where we have a large trade deficit?
Other: Economy, Budget and Taxes
Should the federal government increase support for scientific research and development?
Should the federal government increase spending on defense?
How should the federal government change the budgeting process?
Should the federal government institute a flat income tax for all income brackets while eliminating many deductions?
Should higher income brackets pay more in federal taxes than they currently do?
Should the federal government reform Social Security by requiring means testing?

Education

Should the federal government allow student loan payments to be reduced based on income?

Energy and Environment

Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by providing subsidies for renewable energy?
Should the federal government increase subsidies for nuclear energy to bring them into line with subsidies for other energy sources with low greenhouse emissions, such as wind and solar?
Should the federal government continue to subsidize the domestic production of coal?
Should the federal government continue to subsidize the domestic production of natural gas?
Should the federal government continue to subsidize the domestic production of oil?
Do you agree with President Trump on withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement?
Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by increasing funding for research on climate issues?
Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by providing subsidies for energy efficiency?
Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by taxing carbon emissions?

Health Care

Should the federal government provide health care and/or insurance to every citizen?
Should the federal government increase private sector involvement in veterans' health care?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should the federal government ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?
Should the federal government amend the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" by repealing the tax penalty for employers who do not offer health insurance?
Should the federal government amend the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" by eliminating the "essential health benefits" insurance plans must cover?
Should the federal government amend the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" by giving states a fixed block grant for Medicaid?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should the federal government repeal the Affordable Care Act/”Obamacare” entirely and start again?

Politics and Political Process

Would you vote in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump based on what is known to date?
Do you support "The Speaker Project" from the organization No Labels, a proposal to change several House rules with the intent of encouraging bipartisan cooperation? (Learn more at https://www.nolabels.org/the-speaker-project/)

Recreation and Transportation

Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?

Social Issues

Should the federal government provide more funding to states to fight opioid addiction?
Should the federal government increase private sector involvement in veterans' health care?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should the U.S. build a physical wall between Mexico and the U.S.?
Should the federal government ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?
Should the government enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Generally speaking, should the federal government give states more control over welfare/entitlement spending through block grants?
Should NH repeal same-sex marriage?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should Congress create a path to citizenship for illegal/undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children?
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VOTING RECORD

2018

Crime and Public Safety

S 139 (2018) - Extends so-called "section 702" surveillance by the NSA under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. - Voted to reauthorize surveillance
HR 695 (2018) - Defense budget bill for 2018, which increases defense spending. - Voted for defense budget increase
HR 4909 (2018) - Sets aside $50 million for various school safety improvements, such as threat assessment systems and anonymous reporting systems. - Voted for school safety systems
HR 695 (2018) - Defense budget bill for 2018, which increases defense spending. - Voted for defense budget increase
HR 4909 (2018) - Sets aside $50 million for various school safety improvements, such as threat assessment systems and anonymous reporting systems. - Voted for school safety systems

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HR 195 (2018) - Stopped a federal government shutdown by funding the government through February 8, 2018. This bill also extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. This bill does not include an extension of the immigration program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or any other immigration-related policy. - Voted for temporary funding bill

Social Issues

HR 620 (2018) - Amends the Americans with Disabilities Act so that the anyone filing a lawsuit must first give the business or person an opportunity to fix the alleged discrimination. - Voted against revising the ADA
2017

Crime and Public Safety

HR 115 (2017) - Adds the killing or attempted killing of a state or local law enforcement officer or first responder - not just a federal law enforcement officer - to the list of aggravating factors justifying the death penalty in a federal case. - Voted against revising federal death penalty law
HR 1181 (2017) - Prohibits the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from sending the name of an individual to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System unless a judge determines that the individual is a danger to themselves or others. - Voted to allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to send a name to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HR 78 (2017) - Increases economic analysis requirements for any proposed regulation from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). - Voted against increasing analysis requirements
HR 1 (2017) - Reduces the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, reduces the individual income tax rate for high earners from 39.6% to 37%, increases the income threshold to qualify for the alternative minimum tax, and repeals the mandate to purchase health insurance. - Voted against tax cut bill
HR 1370 (2017) - Stopped a federal government shutdown by funding the government through January 19, 2018. - Voted against temporary funding bill
HR 10 (2017) - Rolls back many of the financial regulations 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. - Voted against rolling back Dodd-Frank
S J Res 34 (2017) - Overtuns a rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that requires all internet browsing and app usage data be subject to the same privacy requirements as private personal information.  The FCC rule is stricter than previous regulations, which had various privacy requirements depending on the sensitivity of the online information. - Voted to keep stricter rule on privacy of internet browsing data
S Con Res 3 (2017) - Sets the federal budget. This bill also establishes rules that pave the way for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." - Voted against
S J Res 34 (2017) - Overtuns a rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that requires all internet browsing and app usage data be subject to the same privacy requirements as private personal information.  The FCC rule is stricter than previous regulations, which had various privacy requirements depending on the sensitivity of the online information. - Voted to keep stricter rule on privacy of internet browsing data

Energy and Environment

H Amdt 261 (2017) - Increases funding for the Navy to address contamination from PFCs. - Voted to increase funding to address PFCs
HR 1431 (2017) - Changes the makeup of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), opening the board to more public input and industry stakeholders and limiting scientists who might use their own research to advise the EPA. - Voted against changing the Scientific Advisory Board
HR 1430 (2017) - Requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to only use data from studies that are publicly available and can be reproduced. - Voted against changing requirements for data used by the EPA
HR 806 (2017) - Slows down implementation of ozone standards and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). - Voted against changing air quality standards

Health Care

S 114 (2017) - Continues the Veterans Choice Program, which pays for veterans to use private health care providers instead of the VA. - Voted to continue the Veterans Choice Program
HR 7 (2017) - Prohibits federal funding of abortion, including health insurance subsidized by the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare"). - Voted against banning federal funding for abortion
HR 1628 (2017) - "American Health Care Act" that repeals parts of the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare") and revises many health care laws.  For example, this bill would cap Medicaid funding, repeal various insurance coverage requirements, and replace the requirement to buy health insurance with a penalty the next time you get insurance if you allow your coverage to lapse. - Voted against AHCA
HR 3922 (2017) - Extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), cuts funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and makes some other changes to CHIP and Medicare (such as increasing Medicare premiums for higher income beneficiaries). - Voted against funding CHIP and changing health programs
H J Res 43 (2017) - Allows states to withhold federal funding for Planned Parenthood. - Voted to continue federal funding for Planned Parenthood
HR 36 (2017) - Bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. - Voted against abortion ban
HR 1215 (2017) - Caps damages for "emotional distress, suffering, and mental anguish" in medical malpractice lawsuits. - Voted against capping damages
HR 1101 (2017) - Allows small businesses to join association health plans across state lines, outside state insurance regulations. - Voted against allowing small businesses to join association health plans across state lines

Politics and Political Process

HR 1259 (2017) - Makes it easier to fire, demote, or suspend an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs. - Voted against changing the process for firing, demoting, or suspending a VA employee
HR 998 (2017) - Establishes a commission to review and recommend the repeal of rules to lower the cost of regulation. - Voted against establishing a commission
HR 26 (2017) - Greatly increases congressional oversight of rules and regulations adopted by federal agencies. - Voted against increasing congressional oversight

Social Issues

H J Res 42 (2017) - Effectively allows states to drug test anybody claiming unemployment benefits or food stamps. - Voted to keep limits on drug tests for unemployment benefits and food stamps
HR 3697 (2017) - Allows the federal government to deport an immigrant suspected of gang involvement, even if the immigrant came to the U.S. legally and has not been convicted of a crime. - Voted against allowing deportation
HR 3003 (2017) - Strengthens laws against "sanctuary cities," for example withholding federal grants from any city that does not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). - Voted against penalties for sanctuary cities

Campaign Finances

Raised: $2,619,243
Individual Contributions: 63% ($1,639,673)
Party Contributions: 0% ($3,421)
PAC Contributions: 35% ($929,741)
Candidate self-financing: 0% ($0)
Other: 2% ($46,408)
Spent: $807,683

Reporting Date: June 30, 2018

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2nd Congressional District

New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District includes:

  • Sanbornton and Tilton in Belknap County
  • all of Cheshire County
  • all of Coos County
  • all of Grafton County
  • all of Hillsborough County except Bedford, Goffstown, Manchester, and Merrimack
  • all of Merrimack County except Hooksett
  • Atkinson, Salem, and Windham in Rockingham County
  • all of Sullivan County

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