Republican
State Representative
Hillsborough District H27

Issue Transparency

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Took LFDA Survey
18
of 18
2016 Declared Issue Positions

Background

Experience

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2010 - present); Veteran, U.S. Navy (1960 - 1968)

Family
Married; Children: 4
Education
BA, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.
Home Address
32 Plain Road
Hollis, NH 03049

Legislator Activity Profile

The data below is based on the the 2015/2016 legislative session. The objective, nonpartisan measures below are used to show this elected official’s activities at the Statehouse. It is not to present a ranking or rating of any kind. Average is that of all state elected officials in this chamber. Note: Elected official activity for the current 2017/2018 session will be posted soon.

Attendance
How often does the elected official attend official legislative days?
Average 90%
97% Present
Committee Participation
How often does the elected official attend committee public hearings?
Average 71%
100% Attendance
How often does the elected official vote in committee executive session?
Average 88%
100% Voted
Partisanship
How often does the elected official vote with the majority of fellow party members?
Average 87%
81% With Party
Voting Participation
How often does the elected official cast a vote during official roll call votes?
Average 85%
99% Roll Call Votes
Bill Prime Sponsorship
Does the elected official prime sponsor legislation?
Average 3
11 Prime Sponsored Bills
How many of the elected official’s prime sponsored bills became law?
Average 1
3 Became Law

POSITION ON ISSUES

The LFDA Survey is the primary source for issue positions on this website. Each election season the Live Free or Die Alliance sends a survey on NH issues to every candidate for state office. We make every effort to reach each candidate by snail-mail, e-mail, and phone. If an issue position is still not answered through our survey, we utilize other resources including voting records, candidate websites, campaign fliers, Project Vote Smart surveys, and more. Any questions or suggestions on issue positions? Contact us.

Crime and Public Safety

Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?
Should NH keep the death penalty?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH require seat belts?
Should NH require motorcycle helmets?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?
Do employees need more legal protections?
Should NH raise the minimum wage?
Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
State role in economic growth
Should NH add an income tax on earned income?
Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?
Should NH pass right-to-work legislation?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should NH continue to use property taxes instead of a new broad-based tax, such as an income tax?

Education

Should NH continue to administer statewide standards-based student assessments?
Should NH continue to base statewide assessments on Common Core standards?
Should NH provide more funding for charter schools?

Energy and Environment

Should NH restrict further wind power development?
Should NH allow the Northern Pass to proceed with some (not all) of the lines buried?
Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?
Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?
Should NH continue to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative?

Health Care

Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should NH allow physician-assisted suicide?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
What is your opinion on the state providing some funding for Planned Parenthood?
Should parents be allowed to opt their children out of the NH immunization/vaccination registry?
Should NH continue to allow medicinal marijuana?
Was NH right to expand Medicaid eligibility, using private insurance wherever possible?

Politics and Political Process

Should NH broaden campaign finance disclosure laws?
Should NH limit terms for elected officials?
Should NH allow binding referendums?

Recreation and Transportation

Should NH require car insurance for some or all drivers?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?
Should NH pursue expanded commuter rail?
Should NH require seat belts?
Should NH require motorcycle helmets?

Social Issues

Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH repeal same-sex marriage?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should NH allow physician-assisted suicide?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should NH do more to enforce federal immigration laws?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
What is your opinion on the state providing some funding for Planned Parenthood?
Should NH continue to allow medicinal marijuana?
In Their Own Words

I have served my community well over the past 40 plus years and I believe I have the local experience to represent your interests in Concord. I have felt the frustration of wondering if those in Concord have lived in our shoes and know our pain. I won't make empty promises here about reducing taxes, limiting spending and making life easier on everyone. I am one of over 400 representatives (400 Reps and 24 Senators) and will apply my best to each vote that comes up before the House. I won't win every battle but I'll be in there for the fight. Not all my votes will please you but I always stand ready to justify why I voted the way I did. Sometimes a compromise is better than a defeat. I won't complain about an issue unless I have a suggested solution to it and expect no less from you. I will be here to listen to your concerns and attempt to address each one. I will examine every bill that comes before the House in the legislative session and evaluate its effect on my you, my neighbors. And, if someone asks me to sponsor a bill that is not in the best interests of our communities, I will not placate them by a false show of support but will tell them how I see it and why. I will not, however, refuse to introduce a bill that you (my constituent) insists I sponsor. That is my job as your representative! I don't have a pre-set agenda and won't be introducing bills just for the publicity. In an off year, there are about 600 bills introduced and in the election year, about 900. Perhaps many of those extra 300 are from new legislators serving their first term. I've always felt, if you moved to one of our towns because you liked it, don't come in and try to change it. If I can't make it better, I'd rather leave it alone. Click here to see the candidate's Twitter feed.

VOTING RECORD

2016

Crime and Public Safety

SB 498 (2016) - Reduces the penalty for possessing 1/4 ounce or less of marijuana from a class A to an unspecified misdemeanor. - Voted to decriminalize marijuana
HB 1694 (2016) - Legalizes and taxes marijuana for adults over age twenty-one. - Voted against legalizing marijuana
SB 336 (2016) - Removes the phrase "suitable person" from the law governing concealed carry permits, and instead requires law enforcement to issue a permit so long as the person is not prohibited from owning a firearm by state or federal law. - Voted to require law enforcement to issue concealed carry permits
SB 576 (2016) - This bill includes many regulations aimed at combating heroin and prescription drug abuse. For example, this bill increases the penalties for abusing fentanyl and provides funding for an upgrade to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. - Voted to change drug laws
SB 576 (2016) - This bill includes many regulations aimed at combating heroin and prescription drug abuse. For example, this bill increases the penalties for abusing fentanyl and provides funding for an upgrade to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. - Voted to change drug laws
SB 576 (2016) - This bill includes many regulations aimed at combating heroin and prescription drug abuse. For example, this bill increases the penalties for abusing fentanyl and provides funding for an upgrade to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. - Voted to change drug laws

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 1480 (2016) - Raises the minimum wage to $8.25 in 2017, $9 in 2018, and $9.50 in 2019. - Voted against raising the minimum wage

Education

HB 1338 (2016) - Allows parents and guardians to opt their students out of the statewide assessment test, and prohibits schools and the state from penalizing students who do not take statewide assessments. - Voted to allow opt-outs

Energy and Environment

HB 1374 (2016) - Requires moneys paid into the Renewable Energy Fund to be rebated to ratepayers, rather than spent on other renewable energy projects. - Voted to keep money for renewable energy projects

Health Care

HB 1623 (2016) - Prohibits abortion based on genetic abnormality. - Voted against a ban on abortions based on genetic abnormality
HB 1696 (2016) - Continues expanded Medicaid eligibility, with some revisions. This bill adds work requirements to eligibility for expanded Medicaid. Additional funding is provided by the insurance premium tax, paid by insurance companies. - Voted to continue Medicaid expansion
HB 1623 (2016) - Prohibits abortion based on genetic abnormality. - Voted against a ban on abortions based on genetic abnormality

Recreation and Transportation

HB 1616 (2016) - Allows a person obtaining a driver's license to choose whether the license complies with the federal Real ID Act of 2005. - Voted to allow drivers to select a Real ID-compliant license

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