|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Charles Bass|
|Succeeded by||Charles Bass|
|Born||Paul William Hodes
March 21, 1951
New York, New York
|Spouse(s)||Peggo Horstmann Hodes|
|Residence||Concord, New Hampshire|
|Alma mater||Boston College Law School (J.D.)
Dartmouth College (A.B.)
|Website||U.S. Representative Paul Hodes|
Paul William Hodes (born March 21, 1951) is an attorney, musician, and the former U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, serving fom 2007 until 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He was New Hampshire's first Jewish representative.
Hodes was an unsuccessful candidate for the Senate seat being vacated by Judd Gregg in 2010, losing to former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte. He left Congress in January 2011 and was replaced by Charles Bass. In 2011, Hodes was named as a board member of the Public Advisory Board of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.
Early life, education and career 
Hodes was born in New York City in 1951, the son of Florence R. (née Rosenberg) and Robert Bernard Hodes. His ancestors were Jewish immigrants from Russia, Poland, and Austria. Hodes graduated from The Collegiate School in 1968 and from Dartmouth College in 1972. At Darmouth, Hodes majored in French and Theater. In 1978, Hodes graduated from Boston College Law School.
Arts and entertainment career 
Hodes began playing guitar at age 15. Throughout his adult life, he has been both a performer and active member of the arts and entertainment communities. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Hodes spent three years acting, writing, and working on radio shows. While in law school, he acted in the Boston Arts Group . In the 1990s, Hodes was instrumental in the creation of the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, and currently serves on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
Hodes's wife Peggo is an award-winning children's musician with whom Hodes has recorded and performed as "Paul & Peggo." The couple won the 1996 Parent's Choice Honors Award for their album "Patchwork Quilt" and performed at the White House.
Law career 
Hodes worked as an attorney with the New Hampshire Department of Justice from 1978 until 1980. He was an Assistant Attorney General from 1980 until 1982, when he left to serve as a special prosecutor. From 1983 until 1996 he was in private practice.
U.S. House of Representatives 
Committee assignments 
- Committee on Financial Services
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Other membership and leadership positions 
- American-Canadian Inter-Parliamentary Working Group
- President of the freshman class of 2006
- Board Member, Capitol Center for the Arts, 1990–1996, 2002–present
- Board Member, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, 1998–present
- Board Member, New Hampshire Children's Alliance, 1998–2000
- Board Chair, Capitol Center for the Arts, 1990–1996
Political positions 
Hodes was one of the first Democrats to demand that Representative Charlie Rangel surrender his Ways and Means chairmanship in the wake of the Ethics Committee finding that he violated House rules.
Political campaigns 
2004 U.S. House campaign 
2006 U.S. House campaign 
In a rematch held on November 7, 2006, Hodes defeated Bass 53% to 46%.
2008 U.S. House campaign 
In 2008, Hodes was re-elected winning with approximately 56% of the vote.
Hodes endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary.
2010 U.S. Senate campaign 
Hodes was defeated as the Democratic nominee for the Senate seat held by outgoing Senator Judd Gregg, who did not seek re-election. Hodes was defeated by Republican nominee Kelly Ayotte, the former New Hampshire Attorney General. Libertarian Ken Blevens and Independent Chris Booth were also on the ballot.
Electoral history 
|2004||Congress, District 2||General||Paul Hodes||Democratic||125,280||38.17||Charles Bass||Republican||191,188||58.25||Richard Kahn||Libertarian||11,311||3.45|
|2006||Congress, District 2||General||Paul Hodes||Democratic||108,634||52.71||Charles Bass||Republican||94,012||45.61||Ken Blevens||Libertarian||3,305||1.60|
|2008||Congress, District 2||General||Paul Hodes||Democratic||188,332||56.4||Jennifer Horn||Republican||138,223||41.4||Chester LaPointe||Libertarian||7,121||2.1|
|2010||U.S. Senate||General||Paul Hodes||Democratic||166,538||36.7||Kelly Ayotte||Republican||272,703||60.1||Chris Booth||Independent||9,285||2.1|
Personal life 
Hodes has two children, Max and Ariana.
- Harris, Ben. Hodes: Obama’s Jewish booster in N.H. Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 8 January 2008.
- "Paul William Hodes (D)". The Washington Post.
- Chelsea Conaboy (December 28, 2006). "For some, the Hodes name might evoke 'ballot' before 'ballad,' but the couple is an enduring musical force]". The Concord Monitor (NH). Retrieved June 4, 2010.
- Shawn Macomber (January 12, 2003). "Homegrown Harmony: For Peggo & Paul, music is part of the package". Foster's Sunday Citizen..
- "Singers Invited to the White House". Boston Globe. December 5, 1996.
- Paul Hodes Project VoteSmart
- Glenn Thrush and John Bresnahan (February 26, 2010). "Dems call for Charlie Rangel's gavel". Politico.
- Anne Saunders (November 8, 2006). "Hodes unseats Bass in New Hampshire's second congressional district". Associated Press.
- Paul Hodes for US Senate official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance (federal office) at LegiStorm.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Appearances at the Internet Movie Database
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Entry at NNDB
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district
|Party political offices|
|Democratic nominee for United States Senator from New Hampshire
|Representatives to the 110th–111th United States Congresses from New Hampshire (ordered by seniority)|
|110th||Senate: J. Gregg | J. Sununu||House: C. Shea-Porter | P. Hodes|
|111th||Senate: J. Gregg | J. Shaheen||House: C. Shea-Porter | P. Hodes|