Chris Pappas (politician)
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New Hampshire's 1st district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Carol Shea-Porter|
|Member of the |
New Hampshire Executive Council
from the 4th district
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Raymond Wieczorek|
|Succeeded by||Ted Gatsas|
|Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives|
from the Hillsborough County district
December 4, 2002 – December 6, 2006
Christopher Charles Pappas
June 4, 1980
Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.
|Education||Harvard University (AB)|
Christopher Charles Pappas (// PAPP-əss; born June 4, 1980) is an American politician who has been the U.S. representative from New Hampshire's 1st congressional district since 2019. From 2013 to 2019, he represented the 4th district on the New Hampshire Executive Council. The district includes Manchester, two towns in Hillsborough, six towns in Merrimack, eight towns in Rockingham, and two towns in Strafford County.
A member of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Pappas was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 election to succeed Carol Shea-Porter. He was elected on November 6, 2018, and is the first openly gay man to represent New Hampshire in Congress.
Early life and education
Pappas was born in Manchester, the son of Dawn and Arthur Pappas. His paternal great-grandfather, also named Arthur Pappas, arrived in New Hampshire as a new American citizen in the early 20th century, having recently emigrated from Greece. In 1917 Arthur Pappas and his cousin Louis Canota founded an ice cream shop in Manchester. By 1919 they had expanded the business into a restaurant, now known as the Puritan Backroom, and in 1949 they added a function room. In 1974 Charlie Pappas, grandfather of Chris Pappas and co-owner of the Puritan at the time, invented the chicken tender. The business remains family-owned, and as of 2020 Chris Pappas was one of the owners.
Early political career
In 1996, while in high school, Pappas met then-State Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who was running for governor at the time. He signed on as a volunteer for Shaheen's campaign, marking his first foray into politics.
U.S. House of Representatives
For years, Pappas was floated as a potential candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, for U.S. Senator, or for governor of New Hampshire. After U.S. Representative Carol Shea-Porter announced that she would not seek reelection in 2018, Pappas announced his candidacy for her seat, representing New Hampshire's 1st congressional district.
In the September 12 Democratic primary, Pappas defeated ten other candidates, including former Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Maura Sullivan and Bernie Sanders's son Levi Sanders, with 42.2% of the vote.
Pappas defeated Republican Eddie Edwards, a former member of the New Hampshire State Division of Liquor Enforcement and former police chief, in the general election, with 53.6% of the vote. He won every county except Belknap County.
Pappas ran for reelection to a second term and was unopposed in the Democratic primary. He defeated Republican Matt Mowers, the former Executive Director of the New Hampshire Republican Party and a former U.S. State Department staffer, in the general election, receiving 51.32% of the vote.
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
- Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus (Co-Chair)
- New Democrat Coalition
- Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Pappas was one of six House Democrats to vote against the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act to legalize cannabis at the federal level in 2020. Pappas said he supports removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, but that he had concerns with other provisions of the bill and felt that it was being rushed through.
In August 2022, Pappas criticized President Biden's plan to cancel $10,000 in federal student debt for those making less than $125,000 and up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients, calling it "no way to make policy" and saying it did little to address the root cause of increasing costs of higher education.
Pappas co-owns the Puritan Backroom restaurant in Manchester. The Puritan Backroom is well-known in New Hampshire as a frequent stop for presidential candidates during the New Hampshire primary.
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