Frank Guinta

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Frank Guinta
Frank Guinta, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Carol Shea-Porter
Succeeded by Carol Shea-Porter
Mayor of Manchester
In office
January 3, 2006 – January 3, 2010
Preceded by Robert A. Baines
Succeeded by Ted Gatsas
Personal details
Born (1970-09-26) September 26, 1970 (age 44)
Edison, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Morgan Smith
Alma mater Assumption College
University of New Hampshire
Religion Roman Catholicism

Frank Guinta (/ˈɡɪntə/; born September 26, 1970) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who served as the Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire from 2006 to 2010 and as the U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 1st congressional district from 2011 to 2013.

Guinta worked in the insurance industry before being elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives, where he served from 2000 to 2004; he also served as a Manchester alderman from 2001 to 2005. He resigned from the State House in 2004 to work as senior policy adviser to Republican Congressman Jeb Bradley. In 2005, he ran for Mayor of Manchester and defeated three-term Democratic incumbent Robert A. Baines. He was re-elected in 2007 but did not run for a third term in 2009. Instead, he ran for Congress in 2010, defeating Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter. In a rematch in 2012, Shea-Porter defeated Guinta to reclaim her seat. Guinta is the Republican nominee to face Shea-Porter for a third time in 2014.[1]

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Guinta, the son of Richard and Virginia Guinta, was born in Edison, New Jersey in 1970. He graduated from the Canterbury School, a Catholic boarding school in New Milford, Connecticut, and Assumption College, a four-year liberal arts college in Worcester, Massachusetts (where he met his wife, Morgan).

After their marriage, the couple moved to Boston, where Guinta worked for Travelers Insurance and other entities in the insurance industry. He also began his own insurance consulting firm. He then attended Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property.[2]

Guinta has also served on several non-profit boards of directors, including Neighbor Works, Intown Manchester, Helping Hands, and the SEE Science Center.[citation needed]

Early political career[edit]

On November 7, 2000, Guinta was elected to a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Manchester. He was re-elected on November 5, 2002.

In 2001, Guinta ran for the post of alderman from Manchester's Ward 3. In the non-partisan municipal primary election held on 1 September 2001,[3] Guinta and George Skilioganis were the two top vote-getters in Ward 3, with 375 and 279 votes, respectively, securing them a place on the November ballot. On 6 November 2001, Guinta defeated Skilioganis by a vote of 630 to 522 in the general election.[4]

Two years later incumbent alderman Guinta and the challenger Glenn R.J. Ouellette, a runner-up in the 2001 primary, faced no opposition in the primary. In the 3 November 2003 general election, Guinta beat Ouellete 452 to 324.[5] While serving as alderman, Guinta was one of the few Republicans on the 14-member Board of Alderman. The mayor of Manchester during Guinta's tenure on the board, Robert A. Baines, also was a Democrat.

In 2004, he resigned his House seat to take a position as senior policy adviser to U.S. Congressman Jeb Bradley,[6] who preceded Carol Shea-Porter as the U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's First District. Guinta held the post until March, 2005, when he resigned to campaign for mayor of Manchester.[2] Guinta was taking on Mayor Baines, a three-term mayor who had won two-thirds of the vote in the 2003 general election, who was seeking a fourth term.

Mayor of Manchester[edit]

Mayor Guinta in 2008

In the non-partisan primary held on 5 September 2005, Guinta placed second in a three-candidate field, garnering 3,760 votes to Baines' 5,168. (Jeff Kassel received 651 votes.)[7] On 8 November 2005, Guinta defeated Baines in the general election by 528 votes (10,125 to 9,597),[8] becoming Manchester's youngest mayor in over 100 years. He ran on a platform of improving education, increasing public safety and security, revitalizing Manchester’s neighborhoods, promoting fiscal responsibility, and reducing property tax rates. He was inaugurated on January 3, 2006.[9]

During Guinta's first term as mayor, the city raised the complement of Manchester's police force by 22 officers to 225[10] and added a police substation on Manchester's west side.[11] Guinta also tackled violence at local nightclubs. In 2006, at the urging of Guinta, neighbors, and other city officials concerned about violent crime, the state Liquor Commission refused to renew the liquor licenses for clubs Omega, Envy and Fish, resulting in their closure.[12] Guinta emphasized community policing and cooperation between law enforcement and the community. With regards to taxes and spending, Guinta takes credit for Manchester's first tax cut in a decade.[13]

Guinta was elected to a second term as mayor on November 6, 2007, defeating Democrat Thomas Donovan, a former school board member.[14] Guinta received the backing of the New Hampshire Union Leader during his re-election bid. The paper's editorial board praised Guinta as "a tax-cutting crime fighter...[who] has pushed bureaucratic reform and improved services."[15]

In June 2009, Mayor Guinta announced his plan to lower property taxes by reducing school funding by 7 million dollars.[16] Guinta explained his budget by telling WMUR-TV, "We've got to find ways to be more effective, more efficient so we can keep money in taxpayers' and property owners' pockets."[17]

Guinta did not run for re-election in 2009. In the election to determine his successor, Republican Alderman and State Senator Ted Gatsas defeated Democratic alderman Mark Roy.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2010

Guinta's Democratic opponent, incumbent Carol Shea-Porter, had represented New Hampshire's 1st congressional district for two terms. The race received national attention because some analysts had rated it as one of the best chances for a Republican pick-up in New England in 2010.[18]

In April 2009, Guinta announced that he would run for higher office rather than for a third term as mayor.[19] In May 2009, he filed papers and announced his candidacy for the House.[20] On September 14, 2010, he won the Republican primary election.[21]

In October 2010, the New Hampshire Democratic Party filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission and the Clerk of the House concerning $355,000 Guinta loaned to his own campaign from a bank account that had not been disclosed in any previous financial statements, including those filed during his time as mayor of Manchester.[22][23] The issue was first raised by Guinta's fellow Republicans during the Republican primary.[24] Guinta dismissed speculation that the money represented an illegal campaign donation, stating that the money came from his own earnings and savings but refusing to make public the related bank statements.[25][26] On December 15, 2011, the general counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct informed Guinta that the committee reviewed his candidate financial disclosure reports “and subsequent amendments thereto, and have determined that they are in substantial compliance” with federal ethics law.[27][28]

On November 2, 2010, Guinta defeated incumbent Shea-Porter by a margin of 54%-42%.[29]

2012

Guinta won the 2012 primary election handily, obtaining 84.3% of the vote against Republican challengers Rick Parent and Vern Clough.[30] Shea-Porter was nominated again by the Democrats to retake the seat, and Brendan Kelly ran on the Libertarian Party ticket. Guinta was defeated by Shea-Porter by a margin of 46%-50%.

2014

Guinta has launched a campaign to win back the seat he lost in 2012. He has formed a joint fundraising committee with Massachusetts Republican and Congressional candidate Richard Tisei.[31]

Tenure[edit]

Guinta voted to extend various expiring provisions of the Patriot Act.[32]

Guinta has worked to place a full-service VA medical facility in New Hampshire (or equivalent serves at private hospitals), and has also emphasized veterans' homelessness within the district.[33]

On July 22, 2012, CREDO activists, joined by Occupy movement members, staged a protest at Manchester's Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, where Guinta was holding a fund-raiser.[34]

Fiscal policy

Guinta has described the deficit and debt as "a spending problem, not a revenue problem." He has faulted both parties for their role in unsustainable spending, and advocates that spending be cut and made "more effective and efficient".[35] Guinta supports providing tax incentives for small businesses,[36] lowering taxes, and reducing government spending. He has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a pledge never to increase taxes or revenue.[37] Guinta supports "broad-based" tax reforms that "lower taxes for all Americans", and simplifications to ensure that average Americans can fill out their own tax forms. He supports reforms to automatic spending programs.[38] Guinta has opposed the automatic cuts required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (the "sequester") that affect defense spending, out of concern for employment at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.[39]

Guinta organized multiple job fairs in New Hampshire. One such fair, on November 10, 2011 at Manchester Community College, was oriented toward unemployed veterans; it assembled representatives from 40 employers to discuss employment opportunities, and representatives from one dozen organizations to explain services available to veterans.[33]

On energy, Guinta has favored an "all-of-the-above" energy approach encompassing both fossil fuels and alternative energy sources.[40] Guinta has favored authorization of the Keystone XL Pipeline to expand oil access, help control the price of oil, and create jobs.[41]

Foreign policy

Guinta believes in pulling the United States out of United Nations in response to questions about growing U.N. demands on the U.S. He has advocated stronger support for Israel. He believes that the U.S. country needs to remain focused on the "War on Terror," and be "strategic and surgical" about any threats to U.S. citizens on American or foreign soil.[42]

Social policy

Guinta describes himself as "pro-life," and favors a ban on abortions with no exceptions.[42]

Social Security and Medicare

In May 2010 in Rochester, Guinta said: "...future generations should seek different private sector solutions and have personal responsibility start to lead the way. My kids are 6 and 5. They shouldn't know what Social Security is!"[43][44] In September, Guinta defended the program: "I believe we need a solution to preserve Social Security which does not privatize the system, does not raise taxes, and does not cut existing benefits."[45] In an October debate, he supported benefits for current recipients, without offering specifics.[46]

Committee assignments[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

New Hampshire's First Congressional District General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Frank Guinta 121,575 54
Democratic Carol Shea-Porter (Incumbent) 95,503 42
New Hampshire First Congressional District Republican Primary 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Frank Guinta 22,237 31.8
Republican Sean Mahoney 19,418 27.8
Republican Richard Ashooh 19,376 27.7
Republican Robert Bestani 5,337 7.6
Manchester Mayoral Election 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Frank Guinta (Incumbent) 10,381 53.9 + 2.6
Democratic Tom Donovan 8,894 46.1
Manchester Mayoral Election 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Frank Guinta 10,125 51.3
Democratic Robert A. Baines (Incumbent) 9,597 48.7 – 18.0

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Sources[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Project VoteSmart candidate biography". Votesmart.org. 1970-09-26. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Official Results -- City Of Manchester -- Non-Partisan Municipal Primary Election, September 1, 2001". Manchester, New Hampshire Office of the City Clerk. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Official Results -- City Of Manchester -- Non-Partisan Municipal General Election, November 6, 2001". Manchester, New Hampshire Office of the City Clerk. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Official Results -- City Of Manchester -- Non-Partisan Municipal General Election, November 3, 2003". Manchester, New Hampshire Office of the City Clerk. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Weekly Washington Report: Frank Guinta". New England Council. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "City of Manchester Official Results, Non-Partisan Municipal Primary Election, September 5, 2005". Manchester, New Hampshire Office of the City Clerk. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "City of Manchester Official Results, Non-Partisan Municipal General Election, November 8, 2005". Manchester, New Hampshire Office of the City Clerk. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Guinta sworn in, seeks school reforms – Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006". Theunionleader.com. 2006-01-03. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  10. ^ "Crime colors Manchester mayor's race – Monday, Oct. 8, 2007". Unionleader.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  11. ^ Opinions – Making 2007 the year of the Manchester Neighbourhood. New Hampshire Union Leader. February 27, 2007
  12. ^ APPEAL OF OMEGA ENTERTAINMENT, LLC (New Hampshire State Liquor Commission). courts.state.nh.us. Argued: February 22, 2007. Opinion Issued: October 16, 2007
  13. ^ "Guinta takes eight-way race". Concord Monitor. September 16, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  14. ^ "It's election day – Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007". Theunionleader.com. 2007-11-06. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  15. ^ "Guinta for mayor: The right leader for Manchester – Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007". Unionleader.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  16. ^ "Manchester Mayor's Draft Budget Cuts School Funding | New Hampshire Public Radio". Nhpr.org. 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  17. ^ "Manchester Schools Consider Pay-To-Play – Project Economy News Story – WMUR Manchester". Wmur.com. June 23, 2009. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Friday House Cleaning: Tie-ing Up Loose Ends – Hotline On Call". Hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  19. ^ Associated Press. "Manchester, NH, mayor to seek higher office". SeacoastOnline.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  20. ^ "Guinta says Congress avoids tough decisions – Monday, May. 11, 2009". Unionleader.com. 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  21. ^ U.S. House District 1 Republican (2010-09-14). "Ashooh Concedes 1st District Race To Guinta – Politics News Story – WMUR Manchester". Wmur.com. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  22. ^ ""Formal complaints filed against Guinta" (October 6, 2010) ''Concord Monitor''". Concordmonitor.com. 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  23. ^ ""Assessing Frank Guinta's Finances" (October 12, 2010)". NHPR. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  24. ^ ""Legitimate questions about Guinta" (August 24, 2010)". Fosters.com. 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  25. ^ "Guinta: Funds Didn't Violate Campaign Laws". 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  26. ^ ""Guinta explains source of his campaign loans" (August 18, 2010) Drew Clines ''NH Union Leader'' blog". Blogs.unionleader.com. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  27. ^ Frontpage. Unionleader.com. Retrieved on 2011-10-18.
  28. ^ http://www.redhampshire.com/guinta-exonerated-kathy-sullivans-head-explodes/
  29. ^ "Guinta Beats Shea-Porter In 1st District – Politics News Story – WMUR Manchester". Wmur.com. 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  30. ^ Results by municipality are available on the Secretary of State's website.
  31. ^ Schoenberg, Shira (23 April 2014). "Congressional candidate Richard Tisei forms fundraising committee with New Hampshire's Frank Guinta". Mass Live. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  32. ^ "House Roll Call Vote on HR 514". Clerk.house.gov. 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  33. ^ a b "Veterans". guinta.house.gov. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  34. ^ Timmins, Annemarie. "Occupy NH takes on dual forms". Concord Monitor. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  35. ^ "Debt and Deficit". guinta.house.gov. 
  36. ^ "Economy". guinta.house.gov. 
  37. ^ "Financial Services". guinta.house.gov. Archived from the original on 2011-01-06. Retrieved 25 July 2512. 
  38. ^ "Taxes and Spending". guinta.house.gov. 
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  41. ^ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/978630-469/guinta-shea-porter-voice-vast-policy-differences-in.html
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  43. ^ "Guinta doesn't get the reality of governing". 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  44. ^ Posted by Skip on May 24, 2010 8:10 PM (2010-05-24). "Embedded video hosted by GraniteGrok.com; Guinta's remarks begin at 6:52". Granitegrok.com. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  45. ^ Guinta, Team (2010-09-29). ""Guinta Statement on Preserving Social Security" (September 29, 2010) Guinta for Congress blog". Guinta2010.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  46. ^ "Debate a Matter of Social Security". 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Carol Shea-Porter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st congressional district

2011–2013
Succeeded by
Carol Shea-Porter