NH Elects 2012

NH Elects 2012


  • Michele Bachmann, 55, is a former IRS tax lawyer who served in the Minnesota State Senate before being elected to Congress in 2006; she was the first Republican woman to be elected to Congress from the state. She is the mother of five children, and she and her husband have cared for 23 foster children.
  • Herman Cain, 65, a mathematician by education, has spent his adult life in business, starting as a business analyst for Coca Cola and leading to the presidency of Pillsbury-owned Godfather’s Pizza chain. He lives in Atlanta, Ga., and serves on the board of several corporations. He is new to elective politics.
  • Fred Karger, 61, has been involved in politics much of his life, and developed a skill for opposition research strategies while working for the Dolphin Group, a political consultancy firm, and was a political campaign operative for several Republican candidates. He is the first openly gay Republican to seek that party’s presidential nomination.
  • Newt Gingrich, 68, taught history at what now is the University of West Georgia before being elected to Congress in 1978. He was elected Minority Whip in 1989 and, along with others, wrote the Contract with America manifesto in 1994. After a Republican sweep of Congress that year, he was elected Speaker of the House. He resigned from Congress four years later, dogged by ethics troubles. He is a prolific author of history.
  • Jon Huntsman, 51, began his adult life working for the family business, a conglomerate, and also did missionary work for the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints (the Mormons). His business experience in Asia led to his being named Ambassador to Singapore by the first President Bush. In 2004 hew as elected governor of Utah, and in 2009 he was appointed Ambassador to China by President Obama.
  • Ron Paul, 76, was trained as a doctor, and maintained a longtime obstetrical practice in Texas before taking an active interest in politics. He was elected to Congress in 1976, and served in Washington until 1984, when he lost a bid for the U.S. Senate. He returned to his medical practice, and in 1988 ran for president as a libertarian. He was returned to Congress in 1996, where he continues to serve.
  • Rick Perry, 61, a former Air Force pilot, spent his early adulthood on a family-owned farm in Texas. He was elected to the state legislature as a Democrat, and he served as state chairman for the Walter Mondale and Al Gore presidential campaigns of 1984 and 1988. Running as a Republican, he won election as state agriculture commissioner, and was lieutenant governor in 2000 when then-governor George W. Bush was elected president.
  • Buddy Roemer, served four terms in Congress as a conservative Democrat, representing Baton Rouge (1981-1988) and then was governor for four years, serving as both a Democrat and a Republican. The holder of a graduate degree in business, he is now president of Business First Bank, a community lender.
  • Mitt Romney, 64, the son of a prominent Michigan governor, George Romney, has had careers in both business and politics. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he’s been a business consultant (his management of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City is regarded as a success), and also has served as governor of Massachusetts.
  • Rick Santorum, 53, a lawyer by education, served as a staff member of various political offices before being elected to Congress from Pennsylvania in 1990. In 1994 he scored an upset by ousting longtime incumbent Democrat Harris Wolford for a Senate seat. His re-election bid in 2004 was soundly rejected by the voters. He is a contributor to Fox News and co-hosts a nationally syndicated radio show, “Morning in America.”
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Is "Equal Pay Day" a partisan issue

Keene Mayor Kendall Lane denied a request to issue a proclamation making April 8 "Equal Pay Day." He says the issue is one of national partisan politics, and, as mayor, it's not his job to weigh in on such issues. Do you agree? 

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