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Encyclopedia > Jeb Bradley
Jeb Bradley
Jeb Bradley

In office
2003 - 2007 (retiring due to losing his re-election race)
Preceded by John Sununu
Succeeded by Incumbent1

Born October 20, 1952
Rumford, Maine
Political party Republican
Spouse Barbara Bradley
Religion Episcopalian
1Carol Shea-Porter defeated Bradley in the 2006 elections and will replace him in the House on January 4, 2007.

Joseph E. "Jeb" Bradley (born October 20, 1952) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for the New Hampshire's 1st congressional district (map). He was defeated for reelection in 2006 by Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, in what was considered an upset. Image File history File linksMetadata J._Bradley. ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... Official language(s) English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Area  Ranked 46th  - Total 9,359 sq mi (24,239 km²)  - Width 68 miles (110 km)  - Length 190 miles (305 km)  - % water 3. ... New Hampshires 1st district since 2003 New Hampshires first congressional district covers the south-eastern part of New Hampshire. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Edward Sununu (born September 10, 1964) is a United States Senator from New Hampshire. ... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Paper mill along the river in Rumford Rumford is a town located in Oxford County, Maine. ... For other uses, see Republican Party (disambiguation) or GOP (disambiguation). ... The word Episcopal is derived from the Greek επισκοπος epískopos, which literally means overseer; the word however is used in religious terms to mean bishop. ... Carol Shea-Porter (born December 2, 1954) is the City Chair of the Rochester, New Hampshire Democratic Party. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... For other uses, see Republican Party (disambiguation) or GOP (disambiguation). ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... New Hampshires 1st district since 2003 New Hampshires first congressional district covers the south-eastern part of New Hampshire. ... Carol Shea-Porter (born December 2, 1954) is the City Chair of the Rochester, New Hampshire Democratic Party. ...

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Education and career prior to Congress

Bradley was born in Rumford, Maine. He attended Tufts University, graduating in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts[1] with a major in sociology.[2] He once lived in Switzerland and worked as a street magician, returning in 1981 to New Hampshire, where he later opened an organic grocery called Evergrain Natural Foods.[3] He and his wife sold the natural foods store in 1997. He also ran a painting business. Most recently, he managed real estate. [2] Paper mill along the river in Rumford Rumford is a town located in Oxford County, Maine. ... Tufts University is a private university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts, suburbs of Boston. ... Bachelor of Arts (B.A., BA or A.B.), from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus is an undergraduate bachelors degree awarded for either a course or a program in the liberal arts or the sciences, or both. ...


New Hampshire legislature

Bradley was elected to the Wolfeboro Planning Board in 1986; three years later, he was named to the Budget Committee. He was a registered Democrat until that year, when he switched to the Republican party.[2] This article describes the town as a whole. ...


Bradley won a seat in the New Hampshire House in November 1990 and was re-elected five times. In the legislature, he sponsored the Clean Power Act, which set limits on power plant emissions. He was chairman of the Science, Technology and Energy Committee, as well as the Joint Committee on Ethics. [4]


U.S House of Representatives

2002 and 2004 elections

Bradley was first elected to Congress in 2002, winning the Republican nomination in a field of eight candidates, for the seat left vacant when Republican incumbent John E. Sununu ran for the Senate. He defeated Democrat Martha Fuller Clark in the general election, winning with 58% of the vote.[2] In 2004, Bradley defeated political newcomer Justin Nadeau of Portsmouth[2] to win a second term, receiving 67% of the vote. [5] Bradley outspent Nadeau 3 to 1.[6] John Edward Sununu (born September 10, 1964) is a United States Senator from New Hampshire. ...


Bradley's chief of staff, Debra J. Vanderbeek, ran his 2004 campaign. Tom Anfinson, the financial administrator in Bradley’s government office, said that Vanderbeek was paid 100 percent of her salary until the end of May 2004, 80 percent between June and September, and 50 percent between October and early November. Bradley’s re-election committee paid her $13,561 in salary for the campaign, which she failed to report as outside income to the Clerk of the House, plus $3,317 in reimbursements for un-itemized campaign expenses.[7]


In that 2004 campaign, two of his children, Sebastian and Noel, were paid a total of almost $27,000 in salary and expenses. Both were recent high school graduates; their jobs were described as "field coordinators".[8]


Political positions

Members of the media, colleagues and opponents described Bradley as a moderate in the Republican Party when he was elected in 2002.[9][10] However, others point to areas and positions which might complicate this label. He supported the war in Iraq, Medicare Part D the prescription drug subsidy, reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act, overseas abortion legislation, $5 billion dollar subsidy for the chinese nuclear program, yet opposed President Bush's energy bill. He has co-sponsored bills to loosen regulations on embryonic stem cell research. [citation needed] The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...


Bradley's current memberships include: Christine Todd Whitman's It's My Party Too!, The Republican Main Street Partnership, The Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans For Choice and Republicans For Environmental Protection. Christine Todd Christie Whitman (born September 26, 1946) is an American Republican politician and author, who served as the 50th Governor of New Jersey and was the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the administration of President George W. Bush. ... The Republican Main Street Partnership is a group of social liberals and moderates in the United States Republican Party. ... Republicans for Choice, an organization based in the Washington, DC area (Headquarters: 2760 Eisenhower Ave, Suite #260, Alexandria, Virginia 22314) is a political action committee (PAC) composed of members of the United States Republican Party who support legalized abortion. ... Republicans for Environmental Protection (or REP America), is a national organization of Republican voters formed in 1995 with the stated purpose of educating and advocating environmental issues and supporting efforts to conserve natural resources and protect human and environmental health. ...


In 2004, Bradley said he opposed gay marriage, but was not sure he'd support amending the U.S. Constitution to bar it.[11] Despite this, Bradley voted in favor of the 2006 "Same Sex Marriage Resolution" [12] which would have amended the Constitutional requiring that marriage "shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman." [13]


Bradley's has opposed an increase in the national minimum wage. [14]


Bradley, who has visited Iraq three times, has been a supporter of the Iraq War. [15] In January 2006 he said "It is not possible to predict exactly when stability in Iraq will occur, but the progress is significant."[16] In June 2006 he said that he did not support a specific timetable for withdrawing American troops from the country, but that he saw signs of progress that the United States would be able to leave "sooner rather than later".[17] In August 2006 he said that Iraq needed a stable government and more security forces before the United States could set a withdrawal date.[18] In October 2006 he said "I look at the fact that Iraq has become central to the war on terror", and "We have got to achieve stability in Iraq and prevent it from becoming a launching pad for terrorists."[19]


Committees

Bradley serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Veterans' Affairs and Small Business committees.[4]


2006 re-election campaign

Bradley sought a third term in 2006. He defeated Michael Callis in the Republican primary on September 12, 2006, winning 87% of the vote.[20] Bradley faced Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and Libertarian party candidate Dan Belforti in the November 2006 general election. In what was considered an upset, Bradley lost his bid for relection from Shea-Porter. Carol Shea-Porter (born December 2, 1954) is the City Chair of the Rochester, New Hampshire Democratic Party. ...


Bradley and Shea-Porter met October 24 for a debate sponsored by WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader,[21][22] and debated again on October 31.[23] WMUR-TV is the ABC television affiliate in Manchester, New Hampshire. ... The New Hampshire Union Leader is the daily newspaper of Manchester, the largest city in the state of New Hampshire. ...


Personal

Bradley currently resides in Wolfeboro, NH. He and his wife Barbara have four children: Jan, Ramona, Urs and Sebastian. An avid rock climber, Bradley has ascended all of New Hampshire's 48 4,000 foot peaks and is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club's Four Thousand Footer Club.[4] Wolfeboro is a town located in Carroll County, New Hampshire, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 6,083. ...


Bradley has a portfolio of stocks and bonds worth of over $5 million. In October 2006 he said putting his personal investments in a blind trust may be a "good idea", and that he was going to look into that option.[19]


Election history

Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2002 Congress, District 1 General Jeb Bradley Republican 128,993 63.34 Martha Fuller Clark Democratic 85,426 38.48 Dan Belforti Libertarian 7387 3.33
2004 Congress, District 1 General Jeb Bradley Republican 204,836 63.34 Justin Nadeau Democratic 118,226 36.56
2006 Congress, District 1 General Jeb Bradley Republican 95,538 48.61 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 100,837 51.31
Preceded by
John E. Sununu
United States Representative for the 1st Congressional District of New Hampshire
2003-2007
Succeeded by
Carol Shea-Porter

References

  1. ^ Congress.org Bio
  2. ^ a b c d e Associated Press profile, accessed October 21, 2006
  3. ^ Ken Silverstein,"Invested Interests: Analyzing Rep. Jeb Bradley's Portfolio", Harper's Magazine, August 28, 2006
  4. ^ a b c Rep. Bradley's biography
  5. ^ New Hampshire election results 2004, The Washington Post, November 24, 2004
  6. ^ Kevin Landrigan, "Following the money in N.H. races", Nashua Telegraph, August 27, 2006
  7. ^ Joshua Zeitz, "The Long Shadow of a Sex Scandal", Mother Jones, October 16, 2006
  8. ^ Ken Silverstein, "Inward Bound: Rep. Jeb Bradley's kids found work with their dad", Harper's Magazine, August 29, 2006
  9. ^ Portsmouth Herald editorial, August 30, 2002
  10. ^ Dante Scala, as quoted by New Hampshire Public Radio, November 11, 2002
  11. ^ "NH Criticizes Gay Marriage Ruling, Union Leader, February 5, 2004
  12. ^ Project Vote Smart
  13. ^ Library of Congress, H. J. RES. 88
  14. ^ Matthew Tetrault, "Dems meet, greet hopefuls", Portsmounth Herald, August 28, 2006
  15. ^ "Backing Bush should be a liability at the polls", Concord Monitor, August 20, 2006
  16. ^ "Rep. Jeb Bradley: Despite difficulties, we are making steady progress in Iraq", Union Leader, January 31, 2006
  17. ^ Emily Aronson, "U.S. Rep Jeb Bradley seeks third term", Portsmounth Herald, June 13, 2006
  18. ^ "Four Democrats vie for 1st District: Bradley could prove to be tough opponent", Concord Monitor, August 22, 2006
  19. ^ a b Kevin Landrigan, "Bradley says finances not swaying his votes", Nashua Telegraph, October 10, 2006
  20. ^ Results, State Primary, September 12, 2006, State of New Hampshire, Elections Division
  21. ^ John Distaso, "Three debates should give NH voters an earful", Union Leader, October 21, 2006
  22. ^ "Bradley, Shea-Porter debate Iraq, spending", Boston Globe, October 24, 2006
  23. ^ Beverley Wang, "Candidates say other's policies are too costly", Associated Press, October 31, 2006

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Rep. Jeb Bradley disputes column linking his investments, votes - Boston.com (505 words)
Author Ken Silverstein said he doubts Bradley checks his investments before casting votes, but said the New Hampshire Republican nonetheless is a "textbook case" for requiring wealthy members of Congress to put their assets in blind trusts.
Bradley's energy stocks gained about $100,000 in value in 2005, a year when he cast at least nine votes benefiting the industry, by Silverstein's count.
Bradley responded that he has voted against government subsidies for oil and ethanol producers and voted in favor of two other measures to rein in price gouging by oil companies.
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