NH Democratic History

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The modern Democratic Party was founded around 1828 and is the oldest political party in the world.  There have been 15 Democratic presidents, the first being Andrew Jackson (the guy on the $20), to the most recent being Barack Obama.  

In the 2016 presidential election, New Hampshire Democrats voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, in the Democratic primary and for Hillary Clinton in the general election.

As of the 114th Congress, following the 2016 elections, the Democratic Party holds a minority of seats in both the House of Representatives and in the United States Senate.

Since 1960, New Hampshire has had 14 Governors.  Five have been Democrats.  But since 1997, three of five Governors have been Democrats – Jeanne Shaheen, John Lynch and Maggie Hassan.  Two have went on to represent New Hampshire in Washington.

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New Hampshire’s “class 2” Senator is Jeanne Shaheen, who has held this office since 2009. Class 2 Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for two sessions of the U.S. Congress in the first election of 1788.  The previous Democratic “class 2” Senator was the man on the left – Thomas  J. McIntyre (1962 – 1979).

New Hampshire’s “class 3” Senator is Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire’s first Class 3 Senator since 1980.  Class 3 Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for three sessions of the U.S. Congress in the first election of 1788.  The last Democrat to hold this office was John A. Durkin (1975 – 1980).

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Since 1883, New Hampshire has sent two Representatives to Washington.  Our District 1 Representative is Carol Shea-Porter, who also served in this capacity from 2007 – 2011.  The previous Democratic District 1 Representative was Norman D’Amours (1975 – 1985) – the man on the right.  Our District 2 Representative is Ann McLane Kuster.  The previous Democratic District 2 Representative was Paul Hodes (2007 – 2011). 

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