For Your Consideration - Chris Pappas for NH-1

CSfC Members are considering supporting Chris Pappas (NH-01) for Congress - here's a bit of background.

Update: CSfC members voted to support Chris Pappas

Chris Pappas is currently an elected member of New Hampshire’s Executive Council - similar to Massachusetts' Governor's Council. He is running for US House of Representatives, to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. Pappas would be the first openly gay representative from New Hampshire.

Born and raised in Manchester, Chris Pappas is a small business owner. After graduating from Harvard in 2002, Chris returned to New Hampshire to help run his family’s business, the Puritan Backroom Restaurant. He began his public service as a State Representative in 2002, serving two terms, and was subsequently elected to two terms as the Treasurer of Hillsborough County. Since 2013, Pappas has represented District 4 on the New Hampshire Executive Council.

Pappas was endorsed by three Democrats in the New Hampshire congressional delegation - Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Rep. Annie Kuster.

Pappas record on the issues:
  • Expanded Medicaid to 50,000 people in NH
  • Promoted modernizing transportation infrastructure
  • Cast critical votes to keep Planned Parenthood centers funded to provide health services for women and families
  • Secured millions of dollars in funding for substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery programs
  • Supports increasing the minimum wage and indexing it to inflation
  • Supports a system of paid family leave
  • Supports developing New Hampshire's renewable energy portfolio and fighting climate change
  • Supports citizenship for Dreamers who know no other country than the United States
  • Supports comprehensive immigration reform that allows people to come out of the shadows and find a pathway to citizenship
  • Embraces New Hampshire’s refugee communities and support funding for language skills and job training programs
  • Wants to end Citizens United



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