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Rep. Charlie Bass (R) (incumbent, lost 2012 election)
Experience: U.S. Rep. 1995-2007, 2011-present
Committees: Energy and Commerce
Residence: Peterborough
Family: Married, 2 children
Education: Dartmouth College
Official Website:

Position On The Issues

Economy, Budget & Taxes:

• Does not think the U.S. economy needs more stimulus money.
• Does not support tax increases for corporations, individuals earning more than $250,000, individual earned income.
• Does not support increase for Interest and Dividends tax or Capital Gains tax.
• Wants to see the U.S. pursue addition free trade agreements
• Wants to pressure China to revalue their currency.
• Believes the president should have a line item veto.
• Supports a balanced budget amendment.
• Does not want to increase the age for social security
• Against reducing healthcare reimbursement rates.
• Against reducing the benefits and pay for federal employees
• Against enacting the Employee Free Choice Act.

National Security & Foreign Policy:

• Against illegal immigrants having a path to legal status.
• Supports sending illegal immigrants to their home country.
• Does not believe immigration should be left solely to the federal government
• Against going beyond economic sanctions on Iran to slow its nuclear development.
• Against trying suspected terrorists in civilian courts.
• Opposes putting extra pressure on Israel to stop settlements in the occupied territories.
• Opposes pressuring Israel to recognize Palestine as a state and signing a peace treaty with Palestine.
• Against profiling to enhance national security.
• Against reducing our commitment in Afghanistan and states:

“we should change the mission. Establishing and maintaining a western style representative democracy is not realistic; we should strengthen our intelligence gathering capability to the point where we have the capacity to identify terrorist cells, then eliminate them by unconventional means.“


• Believes individuals should be able to purchase health insurance across stateliness.
• Supports repeal of the healthcare bill
• Would like to see the healthcare bill amended to change some provisions and states:

“And replaced with a plan that will lessen, not increase government involvement, increase competition between health care insurers, provide for universal deductibility for health premiums, fund the community health care system, implement reasonable tort reform, allow for the sale of health care insurance policies sanctioned in any state in all states.”

• Supports revising the tort system to cap medical liability, cap punitive damages, eliminate contingent legal fees and adapt the loser pays principle for legal fees.

Bass states:
“I support tort law reform, we don't have punitive damages in NH, the loser pays principle should only apply to suits that go to trial and are determined by a judge to be frivolous in nature.”


• Supports amending the No Child Left Behind Act.

Energy & Environment:

• Against a federal carbon tax
• Does not support an offshore drilling ban
• Supports tax incentives for alternative fuels, such as wind and solar power.
• Supports tax incentives for development and/or the use of clean fuels from coal.
• Agrees with encouraging nuclear electric power generation through more timely permitting.

When asked if federal government enact a cap and trade law for carbon emissions Bass states:
“I oppose the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill or others that provide for taxation of carbon.”

When asked if oil drilling should be expanded into ANWR, offshore areas, etc. Bass states:
“Yes in offshore areas if properly managed and regulated, no in the Arctic National Wilderness.”

Social Issues:

• Does not believe federal government should play a role in gay marriage or abortion
• The NRA has given Bass an 'A' ratings for his stance on gun rights issues.


Interest Group Ratings:

• In 2010 the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund gave Bass a grade of A.
• In 2010 Gun Owners of America - Candidate Ratings gave Representative Bass a grade of B.
• In 2006 Citizens for Global Solutions gave Representative Bass a grade of C.
• In 2006 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Representative Bass a grade of C+.

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Voting Record:

  • Voted for HR 459: Federal Reserve Transparency Act - Proposes a reformed audit of the Federal Reserve System
  • Voted for S 968: PROTECT IP Act - Gives the US government and copyright holders additional tools to curb access to "rogue websites dedicated to the sale of infringing or counterfeit goods", especially those registered outside the U.S.
  • Voted for HR 3261: Stop Online Piracy Act - Allows the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites outside U.S. jurisdiction accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement
  • Voted for HR 1116: Respect for Marriage Act - Repeals the Defense of Marriage Act and requires the federal government to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages
  • Voted for S 1549: American Jobs Act - Cuts payroll taxes, extends unemployment benefits, and encourages employment in small businesses.
  • Voted for HR 2: Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act - Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act
  • Voted for HR 358: Protect Life Act: Proposes several changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including banning the use of federal funds to cover any costs of any health care plan that covers abortions, and others.
  • Voted for HR 3: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act: Would permanently prohibit the use of federal taxpayer money to fund abortion services.
  • Voted for HR 2560: Cut, Cap, and Balance Act: Cutts federal spending, imposes caps on future federal spending as percentages of GDP, and encourages a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution
  • Voted for HR 4348: Makes changes and reforms to federal transportation spending
  • Voted for HR 3606: Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act - Encourages funding of small businesses by easing various securities regulations
  • Voted for HR 1148: Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act
  • Voted for HR 347: Permits Secret Service agents to designate any place they wish as a place where free speech, association and petition of the government are prohibited
  • Voted for HR 3630: Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 - Extends unemployment benefits, payroll tax cuts, and more
  • Voted for HR 3078: United States-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
  • Voted for HR 3079: Panama-United States Trade Promotion Agreement
  • Voted for HR 3080: South Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement
  • Voted for HR 1249: Leahy-Smith America Invents Act - changing US patent issuance from "first to invent" to "first inventor to file"
  • Voted for S 365: Budget Control Act of 2011 - raising the debt ceiling and enacting budget cuts
  • Voted for HR 1231: Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act
  • Voted for HR 1214: To repeal mandatory funding for school-based health center construction
  • Voted for HR 1213: To repeal mandatory funding provided to States in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Voted for HR 1473: Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
  • Voted for HR 839: The HAMP Termination Act of 2011
  • Voted for HR 1076: To prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio
  • Voted for HR 514: Extending provisions of the PATRIOT Act
  • Voted for HR 359: Terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions

Sponsored Legislation:

  • Cosponsored H.R.1343 : A bill to return unused or reclaimed funds made available for broadband awards in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to the Treasury of the United States.
  • Cosponsored H.R.1591 : Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans Act of 2011
  • Cosponsored H.R.1756 : National Oilheat Research Alliance Reauthorization Act of 2011
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Contact Information

DC Office:
2350 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5206

NH Offices:
114 North Main Street, Suite 202
Concord, NH 03301
32 Main St., Suite 110
Littleton, NH 03561
221 Main St., Suite 201
Nashua, NH 03060

Email: Click here

NH US House News

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Dec. 20, 2014
NHPR: Three hospitals penalized for avoidable infections, injuries
Nashua Telegraph: No penalties for Nashua hospitals on federal measure of infections

Dec. 19, 2014
Union Leader: Shipyard to hire 715 in next year
Eagle-Tribune: Ayotte: Burials resume in Philippines cemetery
NH1: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard hiring 715 workers

Dec. 18, 2014
NHPR: Ayotte: President's action strengthens Cuban regime
Union Leader: NH reacts to thaw with Cuba

Dec. 17, 2014
Union Leader: Bush already reaches out to NH congressman-elect
Foster's Daily Democrat: Ayotte, Shaheen support bill for injured veterans

Dec. 16, 2014
Union Leader: Guinta selects Eddie Edwards as director of community relations
Foster's Daily Democrat: Eddie Edwards joins Guinta’s staff
NH1: Bill Shaheen becomes new Democratic National Comitteeman

Dec. 15, 2014
NHPR: Learning how to hunt for business with the federal government
NHPR: Monday marks deadline for ACA shoppers who want Jan. 1 insurance start
Seacoast Online: Shaheen, Ayotte back spending bill
Union Leader: NH Dems elect Bill Shaheen as national committeeman, reflect on midterm election results

Dec. 14, 2014
Eagle-Tribune: Health insurance deadline looms in NH

Dec. 13, 2014
NHPR: Kuster, Shea-Porter split on last-minute, $1.1 trillion spending deal
Union Leader: Granite Status: Presidential primary buzz, on the left and right
Union Leader: Ayotte, Shaheen plan to vote to approve federal budget bill
NH1: Kuster and Shea-Porter split over bill to prevent shutdown

Dec. 12, 2014
NH1: Kuster says veterans bill biggest achievement; talks 2016

Dec. 11, 2014
NHPR: Shaheen calls CIA torture report 'disturbing,' Ayotte concerned about timing
Union Leader: Ayotte, Shaheen react to CIA torture report

Dec. 10, 2014
NHPR: Feds reward ten health centers for improving community health
NHPR: Sens. Ayotte, Shaheen: Defense bill includes Pease and Shipyard funding
Seacoast Online: Defense bill includes funding for shipyard, Pease
Concord Monitor: New Hampshire health centers to receive $468,363 in Affordable Care Act funding

Dec. 9, 2014
Concord Monitor: Natural gas pipeline path through New Hampshire formally introduced to feds
Foster's Daily Democrat: New Hampshire eyes health provider network rules

Dec. 8, 2014
Seacoast Online: Documentary examines 'The Castle,' legendary Navy prison
Seacoast Online: NH Medicaid enrollment exceeds expectations
WMUR: Shea-Porter pushes to reimburse teachers for school supplies
Foster's Daily Democrat: Shea-Porter applauds tax deduction extension

Dec. 7, 2014
Union Leader: NH Primary, at 100, is ready for its closeup
Eagle-Tribune: Congress passes bill inspired by Derry educator 
Nashua Telegraph: Students make cards for NH Veterans

Dec. 6, 2014
NHPR: Ayotte, Shaheen say defense secretary nominee well qualified for job
Seacoast Online: Women small business parity act part of defense bill
Nashua Telegraph: Ayotte advocates for federal export agency to boost NH businesses

Dec. 5, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Fiorina to headline New Hampshire business meeting

Dec. 3, 2014
Seacoast Online: Planes flying out of Pease involved in ‘overseas operations'
Seacoast Online: Ayotte says burials suspended at veterans cemetery

Dec. 1, 2014
Union Leader: James Pindell's The Back Story: Jimmy Carter set an example for others hoping to win NH

Nov. 28, 2014
Seacoast Online: Ayotte, Shaheen, join conservation fund effort

Nov. 27, 2014
Union Leader: Mitt Romney is out front, but says he's not running again
WMUR: Ayotte discusses immigration, Ferguson chaos

Nov. 25, 2014
NHPR: Ayotte critical of Obama in wake of Hagel resignation
Seacoast Online: Sen. Ayotte blasts Obama after Hagel resignation
Union Leader: NH senators react to Hagel resignation
Concord Monitor: Ayotte, Shaheen seek answers from VA on ‘Choice Program’

Nov. 24, 2013
Foster's Daily Democrat: Shea-Porter prepares to leave office

Nov. 22, 2014
NHPR: Shaheen, Ayotte split on Obama's immigration executive order
Seacoast Online: Long Bridge replacement called 'critical' for region
Seacoast Online: Shaheen says immigration reform needed
Seacoast Online: Local fishermen fight ‘ridiculous’ recreational ban
WMUR: NH delegation hopes executive order sparks immigration debate
Concord Monitor: Dartmouth and Ayotte discuss plans to address sex assaults
Eagle-Tribune: NRC inspection finds three violations at Seabrook plant 

Nov. 21, 2014
Seacoast Online: Shaheen to tour Long Bridge Friday
Union Leader: NH asks feds for waiver on Medicaid

Campaign Finances

2012 Campaign

Raised $2,066,088
Spent $2,072,141
Cash on Hand $25,623
End Date Dec. 31, 2012


Individual Contributions 
$748,381 (37%)
PAC Contributions $1,270,365 (61%)
Candidate self-financing $0 (0%)
Other $47,072 (2%)

Source: Center for Responsive Politics,

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