|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st district
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Carol Shea-Porter|
|Succeeded by||Carol Shea-Porter|
|Mayor of Manchester|
January 3, 2006 – January 3, 2010
|Preceded by||Robert Baines|
|Succeeded by||Ted Gatsas|
September 26, 1970 |
Edison, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Assumption College
University of New Hampshire
Frank Guinta (//; born September 26, 1970) is a former U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 1st congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously served as the mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire, an alderman, a state representative and a congressional aide.
On November 6, 2012, Guinta lost the election to former Representative Carol Shea-Porter. His term ended on January 3, 2013.
In July 2013, New Hampshire Union Leader columnist John DiStaso reported that Guinta was considering running again for Congress. DiStaso quoted Guinta's former chief of staff and campaign manager Ethan Zorfas as saying, "Frank has begun making calls to donors and to Republican leaders and discuss running again for the U.S. House." Guinta reportedly plans to formally announce his candidacy in September.
Early life, education, and business career
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.
Guinta has also served on several non-profit boards of directors, including Neighbor Works, Intown Manchester, Helping Hands, and the SEE Science Center.
Former Rep. Guinta is also notable as having been the owner/operator of the "Inn of the Weary Traveller" chatroom on the now-defunct WebChat Broadcasting System network, one of the internet's first role-playing chats.
Early political career
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, 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.
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. 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, 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. 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
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.) On 8 November 2005, Guinta defeated Baines in the general election by 528 votes (10,125 to 9,597), 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.
During Guinta's first term as mayor, the city raised the complement of Manchester's police force by 22 officers to 225 and added a police substation on Manchester's west side. 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. 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.
Guinta was elected to a second term as mayor on November 6, 2007, defeating Democrat Thomas Donovan, a former school board member. 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."
In June 2009, Mayor Guinta announced his plan to lower property taxes by reducing school funding by 7 million dollars. 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."
U.S. House of Representatives
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.
In April 2009, Guinta announced that he would run for higher office rather than for a third term as mayor. In May 2009, he filed papers and announced his candidacy for the House. On September 14, 2010, he won the Republican primary election.
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. The issue was first raised by Guinta's fellow Republicans during the Republican primary. 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. 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.
On November 2, 2010, Guinta defeated incumbent Shea-Porter by a margin of 54%-42%.
Guinta won the 2012 primary election handily, obtaining 84.3% of the vote against Republican challengers Rick Parent and Vern Clough. Shea-Porter was nominated again by the Democrats to retake the seat, and Brendan Kelly will run on the Libertarian Party ticket.
In the 112th United States Congress (2011-2012), Guinta's Republicans were the majority party in the House, while Democrats controlled the Senate. Guinta voted with his party on a variety of legislation that did not advance in the Senate, including:
- Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") that the preceding Congress enacted.
- The Republican budgets associated with Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, such as the 2011 plan called "The Path to Prosperity" and its 2012 successor.
- The Cut, Cap and Balance Act, which included a balanced-budget Constitutional amendment.
- Legislation that Republicans describe as "close to 30 jobs bills."
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.
The non-partisan but ideologically liberal group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington includes Guinta on its list of "Most Corrupt Members of Congress," based on the 2009 campaign-finance irregularity.
The CREDO Super-PAC, a political action committee created and funded by the San Francisco-based mobile phone company CREDO Mobile, has targeted Guinta as part of its “Take Down the Tea Party Ten” campaign for 2012. 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.
- 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". Guinta supports providing tax incentives for small businesses, lowering taxes, and reducing government spending. He has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a pledge never to increase taxes or revenue. 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. 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.
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.
On energy, Guinta has favored an "all-of-the-above" energy approach encompassing both fossil fuels and alternative energy sources. Guinta has favored authorization of the Keystone XL Pipeline to expand oil access, help control the price of oil, and create jobs.
- 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.
- Health care policy
Guinta received the Champion of Healthcare Innovation Award from the Healthcare Leadership Council for his work on health-care issues, and the 60 Plus Association Award and the 2011 Standing Up for America’s Seniors Award for his positions on Social Security and Medicare.
Guinta states that health-care reform must include four aspects:
- To make sure coverage is affordable, ensure coverage for pre-existing conditions, and protect employer-sponsored insurance.
- To ensure that coverage is truly owned by the patient, such as by letting small businesses buy insurance together and letting individuals buy insurance across state lines.
- To improve the delivery system using doctor-led quality measures and offering wellness and prevention incentives.
- To lower costs by enacting meaningful medical malpractice reform, decreasing the practice of defensive medicine.
- Social policy
Guinta describes himself as "pro-life," and favors a ban on abortions with no exceptions. Guinta was the only member of either chamber of Congress from New England to receive a 0 from the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign in its scorecard for the 112th Congress.
- Social Security and Medicare
Guinta has stated that the blank-check system in Medicare, in which the government pays most costs with no incentive to save or be efficient, threatens its solvency. He has supported the Ryan budgets, which claim to put Medicare on a sustainable path while making no changes for those 55 or older. These budgets would convert Medicare to a means-tested premium-support program to help new enrollees buy private health-care plans, comparable to Medicare Part D (the prescription drug benefit). Guinta stresses that the plan is not a voucher program. The premium-support payment would be reduced for wealthier beneficiaries, the sick would receive a higher payment if their conditions worsened, and lower-income seniors would receive additional assistance to cover out-of-pocket costs.
Guinta's 2010 campaign positions on Social Security were inconsistent. In May in Rochester, Guinta envisaged replacing the program: "...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!" 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." In an October debate, he supported benefits for current recipients, without offering specifics.
The Standing up for America's Seniors Award was made by the RetireSafe.org, which is a project sponsored by the Council for Government Reform, a group (formerly called the National Center for Privatization) that advocates for the privatization of government services. The group has links to the pharmaceutical industry via DCI Group LLC, a lobbying and public relations firms linked to the Republican Party. In 2004, RetireSafe.org was used as a front to lobby for the extension of Medicare drug benefits.
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
|New Hampshire's First Congressional District General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Carol Shea-Porter (Incumbent)||95,503||42|
|New Hampshire First Congressional District Republican Primary 2010|
|Manchester Mayoral Election 2007|
|Republican||Frank Guinta (Incumbent)||10,381||53.9||+ 2.6|
|Manchester Mayoral Election 2005|
|Democratic||Robert A. Baines (Incumbent)||9,597||48.7||– 18.0|
-  December 30, 2008
- New Hampshire Union Leader editorial, "Guinta Ready to Lead City," January 2, 2006
- New Hampshire Union Leader article, "Guinta Sworn In, Seeks School Reforms," January 3, 2006
- New Hampshire Union Leader article, "It's Election Day," November 6, 2007
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- "Friday House Cleaning: Tie-ing Up Loose Ends – Hotline On Call". Hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
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- Results by municipality are available on the Secretary of State's website.
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- "Taxes and Spending". guinta.house.gov.
- "Energy". guinta.house.gov. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
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- "Guinta doesn't get the reality of governing". 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
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- Congressman Frank Guinta official U.S. House site
- Guinta for Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at Ballotpedia
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st congressional district
|Representatives to the 112th United States Congress from New Hampshire (ordered by seniority)|
|112th||Senate: J. Shaheen | K. Ayotte||House: C. Bass | F. Guinta|