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Frank Guinta

Frank Guinta
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Carol Shea-Porter
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Carol Shea-Porter
Succeeded by Carol Shea-Porter
Mayor of Manchester
In office
January 3, 2006 – January 3, 2010
Preceded by Robert A. Baines
Succeeded by Ted Gatsas
Personal details
Born Frank Guinta
(1970-09-26) September 26, 1970
Edison, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Morgan Smith
Alma mater Assumption College
University of New Hampshire
Religion Roman Catholicism

Frank Christopher Guinta (; born September 26, 1970) is the incumbent U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 1st congressional district. He is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who previously served as the Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire from 2006 to 2010. Guinta was also the U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 1st congressional district from 2011 to 2013, serving one non-consecutive term prior to his current occupancy of that same seat. He is identified by National Journal as a moderate.[1]

Guinta worked in the insurance industry before being elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives, where he served from 2000 to 2004; he also served as a Manchester alderman from 2001 to 2005. He resigned from the State House in 2004 to work as senior policy adviser to Republican Congressman Jeb Bradley. In 2005, he ran for Mayor of Manchester and defeated three-term Democratic incumbent Robert A. Baines. He was re-elected in 2007 but did not run for a third term in 2009. Instead, he ran for Congress in 2010, defeating Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter. In a rematch in 2012, Shea-Porter defeated Guinta to reclaim her seat. Guinta defeated Shea-Porter for a second time in 2014.[2]

Contents

  • Early life, education, and business career 1
  • Early political career 2
  • Mayor of Manchester 3
  • U.S. House of Representatives 4
    • Elections 4.1
    • Policy positions 4.2
    • Illegal campaign contributions 4.3
    • Committee assignments 4.4
  • Electoral history 5
  • See also 6
  • Sources 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life, education, and business career

Guinta, the son of Richard and Virginia Guinta, was born in Edison, New Jersey in 1970. He graduated from the Canterbury School, a Catholic boarding school in New Milford, Connecticut, and Assumption College, a four-year liberal arts college in Worcester, Massachusetts (where he met his wife, Morgan).

After their marriage, the couple moved to Boston, where Guinta worked for Travelers Insurance and other entities in the insurance industry. He also began his own insurance consulting firm. He then attended Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property.[3]

Guinta is also notable as the former owner/operator of the "Inn of the Weary Traveller" chatroom on the now-defunct WebChat Broadcasting System network, one of the internet's first role-playing chats. [4]

Early political career

On November 7, 2000, Guinta was elected to a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Manchester. He was re-elected on November 5, 2002.

In 2001, Guinta ran for the post of

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Carol Shea-Porter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st congressional district

2011–2013
Succeeded by
Carol Shea-Porter
Preceded by
Carol Shea-Porter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st congressional district

2015–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Robert Dold
R-Illinois
United States Representatives by seniority
376th
Succeeded by
Ralph Abraham
R-Louisiana

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References

  • [1] December 30, 2008
  • New Hampshire Union Leader editorial, "Guinta Ready to Lead City," January 2, 2006
  • New Hampshire Union Leader article, "Guinta Sworn In, Seeks School Reforms," January 3, 2006
  • New Hampshire Union Leader article, "It's Election Day," November 6, 2007
  • http://www.guintaformayor.com/about.htm – Campaign website biography

Sources

See also

Manchester Mayoral Election 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Frank Guinta 10,125 51
Democratic Robert A. Baines (Incumbent) 9,597 49 – 18
Manchester Mayoral Election 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Frank Guinta (Incumbent) 10,381 54 + 3
Democratic Tom Donovan 8,894 46
New Hampshire First Congressional District Republican Primary 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Frank Guinta 22,237 32
Republican Sean Mahoney 19,418 28
Republican Richard Ashooh 19,376 28
Republican Robert Bestani 5,337 8
New Hampshire's First Congressional District General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Frank Guinta 121,575 54
Democratic Carol Shea-Porter (Incumbent) 95,503 42

Electoral history

Past
Current

Committee assignments

In May 2015, Guinta settled a case with the Federal Election Commission involving $355,000 illegally donated to him by his parents for his first House campaign in 2010. He initially lied[47] and claimed that the money was his, but he subsequently apologized for wrongdoing. The settlement required him to return the donation and pay a $15,000 fine to the FEC.[48] New Hampshire politicians and media outlets called on Guinta to resign his House seat in light of the scandal, but he refused.[49]

Illegal campaign contributions

Guinta says Social Security reform is needed in order to make the program solvent. He has said that said both parties need to negotiate without any preconceived notions.[35]

Guinta describes himself as pro-life.[45] While in Congress, Guinta voted for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.[46]

On July 22, 2012, CREDO activists, joined by Occupy movement members, staged a protest at Manchester's Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, where Guinta was holding a fund-raiser.[44]

On energy, Guinta has favored an "all-of-the-above" energy approach encompassing both fossil fuels and alternative energy sources.[42] Guinta has favored authorization of the Keystone XL Pipeline to expand oil access, help control the price of oil, and create jobs.[43]

Guinta organized multiple job fairs in New Hampshire. One such fair, on November 10, 2011 at Manchester Community College, was oriented toward unemployed veterans; it assembled representatives from 40 employers to discuss employment opportunities, and representatives from one dozen organizations to explain services available to veterans.[41]

Guinta has described the deficit and debt as "a spending problem, not a revenue problem." He has faulted both parties for their role in unsustainable spending, and advocates that spending be cut and made "more effective and efficient".[36] Guinta supports providing tax incentives for small businesses,[37] lowering taxes, and reducing government spending. He has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a pledge never to increase taxes or revenue.[38] Guinta supports "broad-based" tax reforms that "lower taxes for all Americans", and simplifications to ensure that average Americans can fill out their own tax forms. He supports reforms to automatic spending programs.[39] Guinta has opposed the automatic cuts required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (the "sequester") that affect defense spending, out of concern for employment at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.[40]

Guinta says he would vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, though he supports the provisions of the law that protect people with pre-existing conditions and that allow people to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26. Guinta identified mental health funding and reform as a priority for New Hampshire.[35]

Guinta has worked to place a full-service VA medical facility in New Hampshire and has emphasized veterans' homelessness within the district.[34]

Policy positions

He won the election on November 4, 2014 with 52% of the vote, reclaiming his former seat from Carol Shea-Porter.

Guinta campaigned to win back the seat he lost in 2012. He formed a joint fundraising committee with Massachusetts Republican and congressional candidate Richard Tisei.[33]

2014

Guinta won the 2012 primary election handily, obtaining 84% of the vote against Republican challengers Rick Parent and Vern Clough.[32] Shea-Porter was nominated again by the Democrats to retake the seat, and Brendan Kelly ran on the Libertarian Party ticket. Guinta was defeated by Shea-Porter by a margin of 46%–50%.

2012

On November 2, 2010, Guinta defeated incumbent Shea-Porter by a margin of 54%–42%.[31]

In October 2010, the New Hampshire Democratic Party filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission and the Clerk of the House concerning $355,000 Guinta loaned to his own campaign from a bank account that had not been disclosed in any previous financial statements, including those filed during his time as mayor of Manchester.[24][25] The issue was first raised by Guinta's fellow Republicans during the Republican primary.[26] Guinta dismissed speculation that the money represented an illegal campaign donation, stating that the money came from his own earnings and savings but refusing to make public the related bank statements.[27][28] On December 15, 2011, the general counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct informed Guinta that the committee reviewed his candidate financial disclosure reports “and subsequent amendments thereto, and have determined that they are in substantial compliance” with federal ethics law.[29][30]

In April 2009, Guinta announced that he would run for higher office rather than for a third term as mayor.[21] In May 2009, he filed papers and announced his candidacy for the House.[22] On September 14, 2010, he won the Republican primary election.[23]

Guinta's Democratic opponent, incumbent Carol Shea-Porter, had represented New Hampshire's 1st congressional district for two terms. The race received national attention because some analysts had rated it as one of the best chances for a Republican pick-up in New England in 2010.[20]

2010

Elections

U.S. House of Representatives

Guinta did not run for re-election in 2009. In the election to determine his successor, Republican Alderman and State Senator Ted Gatsas defeated Democratic alderman Mark Roy.

In June 2009, Mayor Guinta announced his plan to lower property taxes by reducing school funding by 7 million dollars.[18] Guinta explained his budget by telling WMUR-TV, "We've got to find ways to be more effective, more efficient so we can keep money in taxpayers' and property owners' pockets."[19]

Guinta was elected to a second term as mayor on November 6, 2007, defeating Democrat Thomas Donovan, a former school board member.[16] Guinta received the backing of the New Hampshire Union Leader during his re-election bid. The paper's editorial board praised Guinta as "a tax-cutting crime fighter...[who] has pushed bureaucratic reform and improved services."[17]

During Guinta's first term as mayor, the city raised the complement of Manchester's police force by 22 officers to 225[12] and added a police substation on Manchester's west side.[13] Guinta also tackled violence at local nightclubs. In 2006, at the urging of Guinta, neighbors, and other city officials concerned about violent crime, the state Liquor Commission refused to renew the liquor licenses for clubs Omega, Envy and Fish, resulting in their closure.[14] Guinta emphasized community policing and cooperation between law enforcement and the community. With regards to taxes and spending, Guinta takes credit for Manchester's first tax cut in a decade.[15]

In the non-partisan primary held on 5 September 2005, Guinta placed second in a three-candidate field, garnering 3,760 votes to Baines' 5,168. (Jeff Kassel received 651 votes.)[9] On 8 November 2005, Guinta defeated Baines in the general election by 528 votes (10,125 to 9,597),[10] becoming Manchester's youngest mayor in over 100 years. He ran on a platform of improving education, increasing public safety and security, revitalizing Manchester’s neighborhoods, promoting fiscal responsibility, and reducing property tax rates. He was inaugurated on January 3, 2006.[11]

Mayor Guinta in 2008

Mayor of Manchester

In 2004, he resigned his House seat to take a position as senior policy adviser to U.S. Congressman Jeb Bradley,[8] who preceded Carol Shea-Porter as the U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's First District. Guinta held the post until March, 2005, when he resigned to campaign for mayor of Manchester.[3] Guinta was taking on Mayor Baines, a three-term mayor who had won two-thirds of the vote in the 2003 general election, who was seeking a fourth term.

Two years later incumbent alderman Guinta and the challenger Glenn R.J. Ouellette, a runner-up in the 2001 primary, faced no opposition in the primary. In the 3 November 2003 general election, Guinta beat Ouellete 452 to 324.[7] While serving as alderman, Guinta was one of the few Republicans on the 14-member Board of Alderman. The mayor of Manchester during Guinta's tenure on the board, Robert A. Baines, also was a Democrat.

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