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|John E. Sununu|
|United States Senator
from New Hampshire
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Robert C. Smith|
|Succeeded by||Jeanne Shaheen|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st district
January 7, 1997 – January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||William H. Zeliff|
|Succeeded by||Jeb Bradley|
|Born||John Edward Sununu
September 10, 1964
|Residence||Waterville Valley, New Hampshire|
|Alma mater||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS, MS)
Harvard University (MBA)
|Occupation||engineer, technology executive|
John Edward Sununu (born September 10, 1964) is a former Republican (GOP) United States Senator from New Hampshire, of Lebanese and Palestinian Christian ancestry. Sununu was the youngest member of the Senate for his entire six year term. He is the son of former New Hampshire Governor John H. Sununu. On November 4, 2008, Sununu lost his re-election bid to former governor Jeanne Shaheen.
Sununu, one of eight siblings, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Nancy (née Hayes) and former Governor of New Hampshire and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu. His father's ancestors came to the United States from the Middle East at the turn of the century. Despite the family's mainly Palestinian ancestry, some members of the family were from Beirut, Lebanon. His father, John, was born in Havana, Cuba. Most of the last two generations of Sununus were also born in the United States. His mother's ancestors include immigrants from Ireland, as well as Scotland and England. Sununu earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (the B.S. in 1986, and the M.S. in 1987) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard University in 1991. After graduating, he worked in the high-tech industry, at one time for the company of Dean Kamen and as a management consultant for PRTM.
In 1996, incumbent Republican U.S. Congressman Bill Zeliff decided to retire. Sununu defeated Democrat Joe Keefe with 50% of the vote. In 1998, he won re-election with 67% of the vote. In 2000, he won re-election defeated Democrat Martha Fuller Clark with 53% of the vote. The only county he lost was Strafford.
On November 8, 2000, the Boston Globe noted Sununu's defeat of Democratic newcomer Martha Fuller Clark, noting that Sununu had "one of the House's most conservative voting records"—opposing abortion and increased minimum wages while favoring school vouchers and the death penalty. He earned a 100% rating from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste. He has also been presented the "Spirit of Enterprise Award" by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the "Guardian of Small Business Award" by the National Federation of Independent Business, and the "Friend of the Taxpayer Award" by the Americans for Tax Reform.
He served on the House Appropriations and Budget Committees. He held subcommittee seats on the Veterans Administration-Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee, the Treasury Postal Subcommittee, and the District of Columbia Appropriations Subcommittee, and also served as a member of the Republican Policy Committee.
He defeated Democratic Governor Jeanne Shaheen in the general election 51%–46%. He won 5 of the state's 10 counties. The election was marred by members of the Republican Party who organized the 2002 New Hampshire Senate election phone jamming scandal which disrupted Democratic efforts.
In a rematch, Shaheen defeated Sununu 52% to 45%. She won all of the counties except for Carroll, Belknap, and Rockingham counties. Sununu slightly outperformed McCain, who also got about 45% of the vote but didn't win any counties.
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According to a Washington Post study, Sununu voted with the Republican Party's position 84% of the time. However, he broke with his party on prominent issues, joining Democrats in filibusters of the USA PATRIOT Act and the Bush Administration's 2003 energy bill. Sununu strongly supported greater access to firearms, voting against the proposed renewal of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban in 2004. He strongly opposed amnesty for illegal aliens, voting against the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill in July 2007. Sununu called for a tougher federal regulator for government sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and with Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), he filed a dramatic overhaul of regulation of the insurance industry. A long proponent of technology, in January 2007, Sununu called for a permanent ban on taxes of Internet connections and online sales.
In 2007, Sununu was the lead Republican co-sponsor of the Clean Air Planning Act of 2007 which sought to address air quality and climate change by establishing a schedule to reduce harmful emissions from power plants—in particular, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides—as well as decrease carbon dioxide emissions through a cap-and-trade system. The legislation, which was never enacted, also addressed mercury pollution, calling for a 90% reduction in emissions of the chemical by 2015. He also supported the bipartisan Clean Energy Stimulus Act of 2008 that provides tax incentives for the development of clean and renewable energy sources. In 2006 Sununu sponsored the bipartisan New England Wilderness Act which added tens of thousand of acres of land to federally protected forests. Sununu opposed the Climate Stewardship Act of 2003, which would have also created a cap-and-trade program. His vote was criticized by the New Hampshire Democratic Party which claimed that he had acted "against reducing greenhouse gases". The New Hampshire Union Leader praised his decision, citing the Energy Information Agency's estimation that the legislation would cost the American economy $507 billion over 22 years.
Sununu took a few positions contrary to the Bush administration and the Republican leadership. Though he voted for the flag burning amendment, he voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment and he opposed 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 2005 he voted to disapprove a new rule set in place by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delisting coal and other energy sources from the Clean Air Act.
He also became well known as one of the five 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.
In January 2006, at a hearing in front of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on the Broadcast Flag, Sununu was one of the very few present to criticize the legislation, saying "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".
In October 2006, Sununu voted against a portion of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that would suspend the right of habeas corpus for non-citizen detainees. After voting in favor of the final bill, he defended his vote by telling reporters "The Constitution is not a suicide pact".
On March 14, 2007, 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.
In September 2008, Sununu became one of twenty senators (ten Democrats and ten Republicans) co-sponsoring a bipartisan energy bill, the New Energy Reform Act of 2008. The bill is offered as an alternative to the Democrats' energy bill, sponsored by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Both bills propose to increase offshore drilling, while promoting conservation and alternative energy. The "Gang of Twenty" bill also lets coastal states participate in decisions and in revenue about drilling in the fifty-to-one-hundred-mile range off their coasts. It also differs from the Democrats' bill in allowing drilling off Florida's west coast, a proposal both Florida's senators have protested. To quote the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Nearly every potentially vulnerable Senate Republican, from Norm Coleman [of Minnesota] to Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina and John Sununu of New Hampshire, has signed on to the legislation."
Sununu currently sits on the Board of Managers of ConvergEx Holdings, a holding company for BNY ConvergEx Group, an affiliate of Bank of New York Mellon, which holds a 33.8 percent stake in BNY ConvergEx Group. These days, he is often seen in the hallways of Saint Anselm College's New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
On July 7, 2010, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP announced that Sununu was joining the firm as an adjunct senior policy advisor. Akin Gump is one of the largest law firms and lobbying firms in Washington, DC.
Sununu was appointed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to serve on the Congressional Oversight Panel (COP) for the Troubled Asset Relief Program funds, whose purpose is to assess how the TARP program is working, in order to help Congress determine whether to continue injecting capital into the financial sector.
Sununu is a regular op-ed contributor to the Boston Globe.
Sununu and his wife, Catherine ("Kitty"), have three children: John, (Catherine) Grace, and Charlotte.
|1996||Joe Keefe||115,462||47%||John E. Sununu||123,939||50%||Gary A. Flanders||Libertarian||8,176||3%|
|1998||Peter Flood||51,783||33%||John E. Sununu||104,430||67%|
|2000||Martha Fuller Clark||128,387||45%||John E. Sununu||150,609||53%||Dan Belforti||Libertarian||5,713||2%|
|Year||Democrat||Votes||Pct||Republican||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|2002||Jeanne Shaheen||207,478||46%||John E. Sununu||227,229||51%||Ken Blevens||Libertarian||9,835||2%||Bob Smith||Write-in||2,396||1%||*|
|2008||Jeanne Shaheen||357,153||52%||John E. Sununu||312,601||45%||Ken Blevens||Libertarian||21,381||3%|
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|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st congressional district
|United States Senate|
Robert C. Smith
|United States Senator (Class 2) from New Hampshire
Served alongside: Judd Gregg
|Youngest Member of the United States Senate
|Representatives to the 105th–107th United States Congresses from New Hampshire (ordered by seniority)|
|105th||Senate: R. Smith | J. Gregg||House: C. Bass | J. Sununu|
|106th||Senate: R. Smith | J. Gregg||House: C. Bass | J. Sununu|
|107th||Senate: R. Smith | J. Gregg||House: C. Bass | J. Sununu|
|Representatives to the 108th–110th United States Congresses from New Hampshire (ordered by seniority)|
|108th||Senate: J. Gregg | J. Sununu||House: C. Bass | J. Bradley|
|109th||Senate: J. Gregg | J. Sununu||House: C. Bass | J. Bradley|
|110th||Senate: J. Gregg | J. Sununu||House: C. Shea-Porter | P. Hodes|