Charles Bass


Charles Bass
Charlie Bass
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Paul Hodes
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Richard Swett
Succeeded by Paul Hodes
Member of the New Hampshire Senate of District 11
In office
1988–1992
Preceded by Jean White
Succeeded by David Wheeler
Personal details
Born January 8, 1952 (1952-01-08) (age 59)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lisa Bass
Residence Peterborough, New Hampshire
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Religion Episcopalian

Charles Foster "Charlie" Bass (born January 8, 1952) is the U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously held the seat from 1995 to 2007.[1] He has followed the footsteps of his father, Perkins, who also represented the same New Hampshire district.

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Early life and education

Bass was born in Boston to Katharine and Perkins Bass.[2] His father served as a Republican U.S. Congressman from New Hampshire in the 1950s and 1960s. Bass's grandfather Robert Bass served as Republican governor of New Hampshire from 1911 to 1912, founded the Progressive Republican movement, and was a friend/confidant of President Teddy Roosevelt.

Charles Bass attended the Holderness School in Holderness, New Hampshire, where he was elected President of the school in his senior year. Bass graduated from Dartmouth College in 1974.

Early political career (1974–1993)

During 1974 Bass worked for Maine Republican U.S. Congressman William Cohen. From 1975 to 1979 Bass worked for Maine Republican U.S. Congressman David F. Emery. Bass served in the New Hampshire General Court from 1982 to 1988. In 1988, he ran for the New Hampshire Senate and defeated incumbent Jean White in the Republican primary.[3] He served there until 1992. While in the State Senate, he represented Peterborough.[4] He was a supporter of tort reform and some abortion rights.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives

Tenure (1994-2006; 2011-present)

Bass was elected to Congress in 1994, where he served for twelve years.[6] As part of the 1994 Republican Revolution, he signed Newt Gingrich's Contract With America.[7]

Bass was among the first and most vocal congressmen to demand that Tom DeLay step aside as House Majority Leader in 2005 and led the petition that resulted in DeLay's removal from House leadership.[citation needed]

Bass is a member of the Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans For Choice PAC, and Republicans for Environmental Protection. He is a Director and former head of The Republican Main Street Partnership, a coalition of centrist Republicans.[8]

In November 2006, Bass was defeated for reelection by Paul Hodes. Bass's defeat helped return control of the House of Representatives to the Democratic Party, which had been in the minority since January 1995.

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy

Caucus Memberships

Business career (2007–2009)

Bass is a business consultant to renewable energy companies. He has been on the Board of Managers of New England Wood Pellet, a producer of clean burning wood pellets, located in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, since January 2007.

In March 2006, the company publicly credited Bass with setting up a February 2006 meeting in New Hampshire between its president, Steven Walker, and Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman. In March 2007, Bass reported on his financial disclosure statement that he had bought shares in the company in January and November 2006. But in October 2010 he said that his initial purchase had been in January 2007, after he left office.[9]

In 2009, Bass joined the Board of Directors of Laidlaw Biopower, LLC,[10] a developer of biomass power plants in the northeastern United States.[11]

2010 U.S. Congressional campaign

Incumbent Democrat Paul Hodes, who ousted Bass in 2006, decided to retire in 2010 to run for the U.S. Senate. Bass ran for his old seat and narrowly defeated Democratic nominee Ann McLane Kuster, Libertarian nominee Howard Wilson, and Independent candidate Tim vanBlommesteyn.

Electoral history

New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district: Results 1996–2006; 2010–[12]
Year Republican Votes Pct Democrat Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1994 Charlie Bass 83,121 51.44 Richard Swett 74,243 45.95 John Lewicke Libertarian 2,986 1.85 Linda Spitzfaden Natural Law 1,223 0.76
1996 Charlie Bass 123,001 50.50 Arnie Arnesen 105,867 43.46 Carole Lamirande Independent 10,757 4.42
1998 Charlie Bass 85,740 53.13 Mary Rauh 72,217 44.75 Paula Werme Libertarian 3338 2.07
2000 Charlie Bass 152,581 56.19 Barney Brannen 110,367 40.64 Brian Christeson Libertarian 3338 2.07 Roy Kendel Constitution 2204 0.81
2002 Charlie Bass 125,804 56.81 Katrina Swett 90,479 40.86 Rosalie Babiarz Libertarian 5,051 2.28
2004 Charlie Bass 191,188 58.25 Paul Hodes 125,280 38.17 Richard Kahn Libertarian 11,311 3.45
2006 Charlie Bass 94,012 45.61 Paul Hodes 108,634 52.71 Ken Blevens Libertarian 3,305 1.60
2010 Charlie Bass 108,630 48.35 Ann McLane Kuster 105,060 46.76 Howard L. Wilson Libertarian 4,796 2.13 Tim vanBlommesteyn Independent 6,195 2.76

Personal life

Bass currently resides in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

References

  1. ^ http://www.wmur.com/politics/25615350/detail.html
  2. ^ Ancestry.com
  3. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=hN4lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=1fkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6182,3583935&dq=charlie+bass+new+hampshire&hl=en
  4. ^ Nyhan, David (September 15, 1992). "Past v. future in N.H". Boston Globe. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/boston/access/61848868.html?dids=61848868:61848868&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Sep+15%2C+1992&author=David+Nyhan%2C+Globe+Staff&pub=Boston+Globe+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=Past+v.+future+in+N.H.&pqatl=google. 
  5. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=KAogAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HWUFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1739,6351520&dq=charlie+bass+new+hampshire&hl=en
  6. ^ http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B000220
  7. ^ "Kuster ties Bass to Bush" (October 5, 2010) Concord Monitor
  8. ^ "Board of Directors". Republican Main Street Partnership. http://www.republicanmainstreet.org/index.php/BoardMembers. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  9. ^ Kevin Landrigan (October 14, 2010). "House candidate admits mistake on financial form". Nashua Telegraph. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/newsstatenewengland/880172-227/house-candidate-admits-mistake-on-financial-form.html. 
  10. ^ "Former NH Congressman Bass to Join Laidlaw’s Board". Laidlaw Energy. March 17, 2009. http://www.laidlawenergy.com/images/LLEG%20News%20Release%203-17-09.pdf. Retrieved 2009-010-04. 
  11. ^ Aaron Blake (2009-09-30). "Former Rep. Bass opens committee for old seat". The Hill. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/60943-former-rep-bass-opens-committee-for-old-seat. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  12. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/index.html. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard Swett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district

1995–2007
Succeeded by
Paul Hodes
Preceded by
Paul Hodes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district

2011––present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Joe Baca
D-California
United States Representatives by seniority
163rd
Succeeded by
Brian Bilbray
R-California

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