Andy Sanborn

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Andy Sanborn
Andy Sanborn by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
from the 9th district
Assumed office
December 5, 2012
Preceded by Ray White
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
from the 7th district
In office
December 1, 2010 – December 5, 2012
Preceded by Harold Janeway
Succeeded by Andrew J. Hosmer
Personal details
Born Lebanon, New Hampshire
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Laurie Sanborn
Residence Bedford
Alma mater New England College

Andy Sanborn is a Republican member of the New Hampshire Senate, representing the 9th district since 2012 and previously the 7th district from 2010 to 2012.


Early life, education and career[edit]

Sanborn was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He studied marketing, finance, and economics at New England College. He worked in commercial lending for 15 years and was employed by an international leasing company in Chicago. Sanborn owns The Draft sports bar in Concord and is on the board of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association.

Sanborn also owns and leases real estate. His tenants at Phat Stuff, a head shop in Keene, were raided by the DEA in 2014.[1]

Voting record[edit]

Sanborn has consistently been rated one of the most conservative members of the New Hampshire State Senate.[2][3] He touts himself as the "Conservative Conscious" of the New Hampshire Senate.[4] In 2017 he passed six new bills into law.[5]

Marijuana legalization[edit]

In January 2014, Sanborn was the subject of a public controversy regarding a contentious email exchange with a constituent over the issue of marijuana legalization. An email from a constituent supporting marijuana legalization received a heated response from Sanborn, who opposes legalization, including legislation making its way through the state legislature. Sanborn wrote in the email, "I’m thinking if I call the [organization you received a scholarship from] and ask their opinion on legalization, they may have a different opinion (not to mention may be asking you for their scholarship money back…)." The constituent was believed to be a college freshman and a recipient of a scholarship, information that Sanborn declined to say how it was obtained. Sanborn responded to the controversy thus: "My e-mail was not a suggestion that I could or would work to revoke any scholarship, only to highlight that those involved with awarding him those funds may have made a different decision had he expressed similar pro-marijuana legalization efforts to them when applying."[6]

Health care[edit]

Sanborn is opposed to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and compared it to the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214.[7] He also opposed the creation of a state-run exchange under the act.[8]

Electoral history[edit]

Sanborn made an unsuccessful run for the District 7 seat in the New Hampshire Senate in 2008. He ran again in 2010, this time successfully. After redistricting, he ran in District 9, defeating Lee C. Nyquist in the 2012 general election.[9][10][11] Sanborn considered running for Governor in the 2014 elections, but announced he would no longer be seeking the Republican nomination on September 27, 2013.[12][13] He was reelected in 2014 and again in 2016. In the 2016 election he was the top vote getter inside his district beating his opponent by eight points while Hillary Clinton also won the district.[14][15]

New Hampshire's 9th Senate District election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Andy Sanborn 17,073 53.62
Democratic Lee C. Nyquist 14,727 46.26
Write-in Scattered 38 0.12
New Hampshire's 9th Senate District election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Andy Sanborn 12,310 53.18
Democratic Lee C. Nyquist 10,804 46.68
Write-in Scattered 32 0.14
New Hampshire's 9th Senate District election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Andy Sanborn 15,454 50.35
Democratic Lee C. Nyquist 15,241 49.65
New Hampshire's 7th Senate District election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Andy Sanborn 10,816 54.83
Democratic Michelle L. Tremblay 8,887 45.05
Write-in Scattered 25 0.12
New Hampshire's 7th Senate District election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Harold Janeway 14,153 51.93
Republican Andy Sanborn 13,076 47.98
Write-in Scattered 26 0.10

Legislative committees[edit]

Sanborn is a member of the following committees:[16]

  • Ways & Means Committee (chair)
  • Election Law & Internal Affairs

Personal life[edit]

Sanborn is married to Laurie Sanborn, a representative for Hillsborough 41 in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He collects Ferraris and Porsches.[17]


  1. ^ Jarvis, Kyle (May 8, 2014). "Federal agents raid Keene head shop, store closed". The Keene Sentinel. 
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  6. ^ Sargent, Hilary (January 27, 2014). "N.H. legislator threatens constituent who wants pot legalized". Boston Globe. 
  7. ^ Pindell, James (July 9, 2013). "Potential GOP NH Gov. candidate compared health care law to San Francisco air crash". WMUR. 
  8. ^ Fleisher, Chris (September 15, 2013). "Vermont, N.H. Took Very Different Approaches to Establishing Health Insurance Exchanges". Valley News. Archived from the original on April 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ "2012 General Election Candidates." New Hampshire Secretary of State.
  10. ^ "Official Primary Results." New Hampshire Secretary of State.
  11. ^ Rayno, Garry (September 11, 2012). "Sanborn gets District 9 GOP win over Hawkins". New Hampshire Union Leader. 
  12. ^ Pindell, James (April 19, 2013). "Sen. Sanborn met with RGA on potential run for governor". WMUR. 
  13. ^ Pindell, James (September 27, 2013). "GOP state Sen. Andy Sanborn will not run for governor". WMUR. 
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  17. ^ Freedlander, David (April 7, 2015). "Meet the Jerk Who'll Introduce Rand Paul at His First Campaign Rally". The Daily Beast. 

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