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Encyclopedia > John E. Sununu
John Sununu
John E. Sununu

Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2003
Serving with Judd Gregg
Preceded by Robert C. Smith
Succeeded by Incumbent (2009)

Born September 10 1964 ( 1964-09-10) (age 42)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Spouse Kitty Sununu
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Religion Roman Catholic

John Edward Sununu (born September 10, 1964) is a Republican United States Senator from New Hampshire. From senate. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the... 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. ... The incumbent, in politics, is the current holder of a political office. ... January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Judd Gregg (born February 1947) is a former Governor of New Hampshire and current United States Senator were he serves as ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. ... Robert C. Bob Smith (born March 30, 1941) is an American politician who has served in both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the Gregorian calendar (254th in leap years). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Government  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area  - City  89. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private, coeducational research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the Gregorian calendar (254th in leap years). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the... 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. ...

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Personal Background

Sununu, one of eight siblings, was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Nancy Hayes and former Governor of New Hampshire and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu.[1] He has Lebanese, Palestinian, Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry. Sununu earned both B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1991. After graduating, he worked in the high-tech industry, at one time for the company of Dean Kamen. He is the only Senator of Arab descent. [2]. He is also the youngest Senator currently in (or out of) office. Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Government  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area  - City  89. ... See also New Hampshire Province of New Hampshire List of Colonial Governors of New Hampshire I am a doodlebug Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of New Hampshire ... Joshua B. Bolten, the current White House Chief of Staff. ... Governor John H. Sununu John Henry Sununu, PhD (born July 2, 1939) is a former Governor of New Hampshire (1983-89) and former White House Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush. ... BS or bs is an abbreviation with multiple meanings, including: Bachelor of Science degree British Standard Bahamas (ISO country code) The postcode for Bristol, England A somewhat more polite abbreviation of bullshit A card game The Swiss canton of Basel_Stadt Shorthand for the backspace and the backspace control character Shorthand... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ... The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private, coeducational research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a masters degree in business administration, which attracts people from a wide range of academic disciplines. ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... Dean Kamen on one of his inventions, the Segway PT. President Clinton and Kamen in the White House, Kamen riding his innovative invention, the iBOT Mobility System. ... Baby of the House is the unofficial title given to the youngest member of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ...


Political Offices

First elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1996, he was reelected twice before winning a United States Senate seat from New Hampshire in 2002. Sununu first defeated the Republican incumbent Bob Smith in the primary. He then went on to edge Governor Jeanne Shaheen in the general election by a margin of 50-47%, a result that was clouded by accusations of dirty tricks. In June 2004, former Republican consultant Allen Raymond pleaded guilty to jamming Democratic Party lines set up to get New Hampshire Democrats to the polls in 2002, an action that some (most notably former Senator Smith [3]) believe may have contributed to the outcome. A judge sentenced Raymond to five months in jail in February 2005. Chuck McGee, the former state GOP chair, was sentenced to seven months for his role. Raymond alleged that James Tobin, Northeast field director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, masterminded the plot. In December 2005, Tobin was convicted of two federal felonies arising from the phone-jamming and sentenced to ten months in prison. Tobin's conviction was later vacated on appeal. The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. ... Robert C. Bob Smith (born March 30, 1941) is an American politician who has served in both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. ... Official Photo Jeanne Shaheen (born January 28, 1947) was the first woman to be elected governor of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. ...

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At age 38 Sununu was the youngest member of the Senate, a distinction he still holds. He is the third person of Lebanese background elected to the U.S. Senate, the second republican. He and his wife, Catherine ("Kitty"), have three children. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Wikiquote is a sister project of Wikipedia, using the same MediaWiki software. ...


U.S. Senate Career

Sununu has taken some positions contrary to the Bush administration and the Republican leadership. He voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment and has voted to require child safety locks with the transfer of handguns. He opposes restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, and was one of only two Republicans to vote in favor of terminating funds for TV Martí, which broadcasts anti-Castro programming in Cuba. He was one of a small group of Republicans to vote in favor of banning loans to China for any nuclear projects, and in September of 2005 he voted to disapprove a new rule set in place by the Administrator of the EPA delisting coal and other energy sources from the Clean Air Act. He was among the group of conservative Republicans to vote against the prescription drug bill passed in 2003. The United States Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution which would define marriage in the United States as a union of one man and one woman. ... Billboards carrying messages attacking the United States government (this one compares it with fascism) can be seen all over Cuba. ... TV Martí was created by the US Government to provide news and current affairs programming to Cuba. ... The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is the head of the United States federal governments Environmental Protection Agency, and is thus responsible for enforcing the nations Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, as well as numerous other environmental statutes. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


In July 2005, to show solidarity with Sen. Arlen Specter, who had lost his hair due to chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease, Sununu shaved his head. Arlen Specter (born February 12, 1930) is a United States Senator from Pennsylvania. ... Chemotherapy is the use of chemical substances to treat disease. ...


He also has become well known as one of the 5 Republican Senators who joined Democrats in a filibuster of the USA PATRIOT Act renewal conference report. This caused the Republican leadership to extend the original legislation until a compromise bill was forged. As a form of obstructionism in a legislature or other decision making body, a filibuster is an attempt to extend debate upon a proposal in order to delay or completely prevent a vote on its passage. ... The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-56), known as the USA PATRIOT Act or simply the Patriot Act, is an American act which President George W. Bush signed into law on October 26, 2001. ...


In January 2006, at a hearing in front of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on the Broadcast Flag, he was one of the very few present to criticize the legislation. He stated: A broadcast flag is a set of status bits (or flags) sent in the data stream of a digital television program that indicates whether or not it can be recorded, or if there are any restrictions on recorded content. ...

  • In all cases [of previous technological advancements in the US], we didn't need to step in with a significant statutory government-regulated mandate on technology that consumers use to enjoy this material,
  • I don't know of a case where we were discussing such a dramatic step where the federal government will legislatively mandate a specific type of technology to be incorporated in all of this material. Maybe the sky really is falling this time, but I think it is worth suggesting a little bit of skepticism, it's worth offering up a little doubt before we not just entertain this, but jump ahead to what exemptions were required.
  • The very technologies that some seem to be afraid of are driving innovation, and driving creativity as we sit here today. In fact, we have an unprecedented wave of creativity and product development and content development... I think the history of government mandates... is that it always, always restricts innovation. Why would we think this one special time... it will actually encourage innovation? [1]

In October 2006, Sununu voted in support of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, suspending the right of habeas corpus for non-citizen detainees. In defense of the vote, he told reporters "The Constitution is not a suicide pact." [4] President George W. Bush signs into law S. 3930, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, during a ceremony on October 17, 2006 in the East Room of the White House. ... In common law, habeas corpus (/heɪbiəs kɔɹpəs/) (Latin: [We command that] you have the body) is the name of a legal action or writ by means of which detainees can seek relief from unlawful imprisonment. ... The Constitution is not a suicide pact is a political phrase that was coined by Abraham Lincoln in responce to charges that he was violating the constitution by suspending habeus corpus, and coppied by Justice Robert H. Jackson in his dissenting opinion in Terminiello v. ...


On March 14, 2007, Sen. Sununu became the first Republican senator to call for the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales after a controversy over U.S. Attorney firings. Sununu cited his anger with the mismanagement by Gonzales and the lack of trustworthiness by GOP Senators towards Gonzales.[5] March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Events First year of tianfeng era of the Chinese Xin Dynasty. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General is the main legal adviser to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions. ... Alberto R. Gonzales (born August 4, 1955) is the 80th and current Attorney General of the United States. ... The dismissal of U.S. Attorneys controversy is an ongoing political dispute concerning the dismissal of nine United States Attorneys by the George W. Bush administration in December 2006, and their replacement by interim appointees. ... United States Attorneys represent the U.S. federal government in United States district court. ...


Election 2008

Sununu is up for re-election in 2008. Since Sununu won a close race (51-47%) in a Republican year, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who heads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has made New Hampshire a top target. The New Hampshire Senate election will take place on November 5th, 2008. ... Charles Ellis Chuck Schumer (born November 23, 1950) is currently the senior U.S. Senator from the state of New York, serving since 1999. ... DSCC can also refer to Defense Supply Center, Columbus. ...


Sununu is generally considered a "weak" incumbent due to relatively weak poll numbers. SurveyUSA's latest poll of New Hampshire showed Sununu only receiving a 47% approval rating, which is under the 50% mark that usually indicates a strong incumbent [6]. A February 1, 2007 poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire indicates that only 45% of New Hampshire voters hold a favorable opinion of Sununu. Additionally, in the 2006 Midterms, Democrats took both of the state's house seats as well as majorities in both houses of the New Hampshire General Court, thanks not only to the anti-Republican mood in 2006, but also to the popularity of Governor John Lynch, who won re-election with 74% of the vote. It is worth noting that, as New Hampshire elects its governor every two years instead of four, Lynch will appear on the ballot again in 2008. If a strong Democratic challenger is fielded, this race could become very competitive, although political analyist Larry Sabato has initially rated the race "Leans Republican" [7]. The New Hampshire General Court is the state legislature of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. ... John H. Lynch (b. ...


Despite considerable speculation, Governor Lynch has declined to run against Sununu. There are rumors that former New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen — the Democrat who lost to Sununu in 2002 — might consider running again. As the race was close in a relatively GOP year, it is likely that a rematch would also be tightly contested. The mayor of Portsmouth, Democrat Steve Marchand, has announced he will run for the seat. Jay Buckey, a professor at Dartmouth College, former Astronaut, and Air Force Flight Surgeon, has announced that he will also run for the seat. [8] Katrina Swett, daughter of Congressmen Tom Lantos and wife of Ambassador and former Congressment Dick Swett is also contesting for the seat. [9] Official Photo Jeanne Shaheen (born January 28, 1947) was the first woman to be elected governor of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. ... Location in Rockingham County, New Hampshire Coordinates: Country United States State New Hampshire County Rockingham County Incorporated 1653 Mayor Steve Marchand City manager John P. Bohenko Area    - City 43. ... Steve Marchand is the current mayor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. ...


Electoral History

New Hampshire U.S. Senate Election 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Sununu 225,506 51.2
Democratic Jeanne Shaheen 206,689 47.3

This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... Official Photo Jeanne Shaheen (born January 28, 1947) was the first woman to be elected governor of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~battle/senators/sununu.htm
  2. ^ http://www.bu.edu/washjocenter/newswire_pg/fall2006/nh/Sunununewstory.htm
  3. ^ http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041019/REPOSITORY/410190316/1037/NEWS04
  4. ^ http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1002/p01s02-usfp.html
  5. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/14/fired.attorneys/index.html
  6. ^ http://www.surveyusa.com/50State2006/State100USSenatorApproval061122.htm
  7. ^ http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/2008/senate/?state=NH
  8. ^ http://www.buckey08.com/
  9. ^ http://www.swettforsenate.com/

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Political offices
Preceded by
William H. Zeliff
United States Representative for the 1st Congressional District of New Hampshire
1997–2003
Succeeded by
Jeb Bradley
Preceded by
Robert C. Smith
United States Senator (Class 2) from New Hampshire
2003–
Served alongside: Judd Gregg
Incumbent

 
 

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