108 Granite State Lawmakers Earn Awards for Conservative Voting Record

ACU Foundation Releases Ratings of New Hampshire General Court

For Immediate Release

Alexandria, VA—The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings for the 2017 meeting of the New Hampshire General Court. These ratings, a portion of the comprehensive and nationwide ratings released by ACUF, are designed to reflect how elected officials view the role of government and illustrate how both chambers of the legislature and individual members prioritize a wide variety of issue areas that directly affect the lives of New Hampshire residents.

ACUF reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House of Representatives to produce average scores for each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member.

New Hampshire legislators took pen to paper on various issues during the 2017 legislative session, including expanding healthcare choices and education options, expanding concealed carry for lawful gun owners, and reducing unnecessary regulation and over-criminalization. In one or both chambers, they voted to:

  • legalize the sale of health insurance across state lines;
  • ban Common Core and create education savings accounts;
  • allow individuals who lawfully own a gun to conceal carry without a permit;
  • allow employers to pay their employees bi-weekly (instead of weekly); and
  • allow individuals to freely play games of poker in private residences.

“We applaud New Hampshire lawmakers for voting to protect the Second Amendment, expand parents’ education options, and defend the right to work,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “I hope next year they show the same support for protecting human life and making sure taxpayers aren’t forced to bear the cost of mismanagement of the pension system by corrupt union bosses.”

ACUF recognizes members who vote with ACUF’s position at least 80% of the time. This year those members included:

Award for Conservative Excellence (90% and above):

Sens. Daniels, Reagan and Sanborn; and Reps. Abear, Ammon, Avellani, Baldasaro, Bates, Beaudoin, Burt, Christie, Comeau, Cordelli, Costable, Dickey, Edwards, J., Ferreira, Fromouth, Gordon, R., Green, Griffin, G., Halstead, Harrington, Hellwig, Hill, Hoell, Hopper, Howard, Hull, Hynes, Itse, Johnson, Kaczynski, Kolodziej, Lewicke, Marple, McCarthy, F., Moffett, M., Murotake, Murphy, Notter, O’Day, Ober, L., Ober, R., Osborne, Pitre, Prout, Renzullo, Sanborn, Scully, Seaworth, Seidel, Silber, Somero, Spanos, Spencer, Spillane, Sullivan, V., Sylvia, Testerman, True, Turcotte, L., Ulery, Vadney, Vaillancourt, Valera, Verville, Vose and Wuelper.

Award for Conservative Achievement (80%-89%):

Sens. Avard, Bradley, French, Giuda, Morse and Ward; and Reps. Aldrich, Belanger, J., Binford, Brewster, Brown, Burns, Chandler, Cook, Dean-Bailey, Emerick, Fedolfi, Freeman, Gould, Kuch, Ladd, Maloney, McConnell, McGuire, McNally, Mullen, Negron, Ohm, Pearl, Rice, K., Rouillard, Sapareto, Smith, G., Smith, Ste., Torosian, Twombly, Wells and Weyler.

Members who scored 10% or lower qualified for ACUF’s “Coalition of the Radical Left” for their opposition to commonsense conservative solutions. This year, those members included:

Sens. D’Allesandro, Feltes, Fuller Clark, Hennessey, Kahn, Lasky, Soucy, Watters and Woodburn; and Reps. Abbott, Abel, Almy, Ames, Backus, Bartlett, Beaulieu, Bennett, Berch, Berrien, Bordenet, Burridge, Burton, Cahill, Cali-Pitts, Campion, Carson, Chandley, Cilley, Cleaver, Cornell, Cote, Dilorenzo, Disilvestro, Doherty, Eaton, Elber, Ellis, Epstein, Farnham, Faulkner, Fenton, Freitas, Frost, Gidge, Gile, Gilman, Gordon, P., Gottling, Gourgue, Grassie, Harvey, C., Harvey, S., Heath, Henle, Herbert, Higgings, Huot, Irwin, Johnsen, Josephson, Kenison, Klee, Knirk, Krans, Leishman, Lovejoy, Luneau, MacKay, J., Maes, Mangipudi, Manley, Mann, Martin, McNamara, Meader, Messmer, Moffett, H., Moynihan, Mulligan, Murray, Myler, Newman, Nordgren, Nutting, O’Brien, Opderbecke, Oxenham, Pantelakos, Parkhurst, Patten, Pearson, W., Porter, Read, Rice, C., Richards, Roberts, Rosenwald, Salloway, Sandler, Schmidt A., Schmidt J., Schmidt P., Schuett, Shepardson, Shurtleff, Smith, Suz., Sofikitis, Soucy, Southworth, Spang, Sprague, Sykes, Tanner, Thomas Y., Treleaven, Turcotte, A., Van Houten, Vincent, Wall, Wallner, Walsh, R., Walz, Ward, Weber, White and Williams.

While the General Court managed to pass some meaningful legislation this session, the scores of each chamber fell compared to last session; the Senate fell 4 points from 53% to 49%, with Republicans averaging 80%, and Democrats averaging a mere 1%; and the House fell 8 points from 54% to 46%, with Republicans averaging 81%, and Democrats 6%.

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For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF state ratings, email Luke Schneider, Public Affairs Coordinator for the American Conservative Union Foundation, at [email protected]