Jeanie Forrester

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Jeanie Forrester
Chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party
In office
January 28, 2017 – July 1, 2018
Preceded byJennifer Horn
Succeeded byWayne MacDonald
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
December 2010 – December 2016
Preceded byDeborah Reynolds
Succeeded byBob Giuda
Personal details
Born (1958-04-13) April 13, 1958 (age 63)
Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Keith Forrester
EducationUniversity of New Hampshire, Durham (BA, MBA)

Jeanie Forrester was Chairman of the Republican Party of New Hampshire and a former Republican member of the New Hampshire Senate, representing the 2nd district from 2010 until 2016. A businesswoman by trade, Forrester served on the Finance and Public/Municipal Affairs committees.[1] In 2016, Forrester decided not to seek reelection to the senate and instead ran for the republican nomination for Governor of New Hampshire, ultimately losing to now-Governor Chris Sununu. Sununu later supported Forrester's successful candidacy for party chairman.

Tenure as New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman[edit]

While running for Chairman, Forrester failed to secure a spot on the State Committee from her home County Republican Committee although this did not preclude her from running for Chairman.[2] Forrester was endorsed for the position by then Governor-Elect Chris Sununu and ran unopposed for the position as Chairman.[3] During Forrester's tenure as party chairman she lost 9 out of 11 special elections.[4] As party finances began to become public, Forrester abruptly resigned from the post. It was shown that Forrester's Democratic counterpart had outraised her 9 to 1.[4] At the time of her departure, the New Hampshire Republican State Committee showed a deficit of $29,102.[5]

Personal[edit]

Forrester, a native of Michigan, moved to New Hampshire in 1985. After her graduation from the University of New Hampshire, she went to work for then-Governor John H. Sununu. During this time, Forrester earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics.[6]

Political experience[edit]

Jeanie Forrester served as a Senator in the New Hampshire State Senate from 2010–2016[7] Forrester was an unsuccessful candidate in the Republican Primary for Governor of New Hampshire in 2016. She became Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party in 2017.

Former legislative committees[edit]

Jeanie Forrester was a member of the following committees:

  • Finance, Member
  • Public and Municipal Affairs, Vice Chair[7]

Professional experience[edit]

Jeanie Forrester has had the following professional experience:

  • Co-Owner/Chief Executive Officer, Forrester Environmental Services, Incorporated, present
  • Former Executive Director, Governor’s Initiatives Program for Excellence in Education, Governor John H. Sununu
  • Former Legislative Aid, Governor Sununu
  • Former Town Administrator, Tuftonboro
  • Former Town Administrator, New Durham
  • Former Executive Director, Main Street Program, Meredith, New Hampshire
  • Former Executive Director, Main Street Program, Plymouth, New Hampshire
  • Former Staff Member, New Hampshire Governor John Sununu
  • Former Teacher, Business Language, Houston Community College
  • Former Secretary, Exxon[7]

Elections[edit]

  • 2010

Forrester announced her candidacy on April 8, 2010.[8] In the Republican primary in September, she bested incumbent state representative Fran Wendelboe by 911 votes.[9] On election day, which saw a Republican sweep at the state level, Forrester defeated her Democratic opponent, state senator Deborah Reynolds.[9]

  • 2016

Forrester decided not to seek reelection to the senate and instead ran for the Republican nomination for Governor of New Hampshire, ultimately losing to Chris Sununu. Sununu later supported Forrester's successful candidacy for party chairman, a role she assumed in early 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ DiStaso, John (2016-12-19). "Forrester falls short in Belknap County GOP vote for state committee". WMUR. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  3. ^ DiStaso, John (2016-12-03). "Forrester endorsed by Sununu after announcing candidacy for NHGOP chair". WMUR. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  4. ^ a b Rogers, Josh. "Jeanie Forrester To Step Down As N.H. GOP Chair". Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  5. ^ "Jeanie Forrester abruptly resigns as chairwoman of NHGOP". June 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2011-03-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ a b c "Senator Jeanie Forrester's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Forrester announces run for Senate District 2 seat". www.newhampshirelakesandmountains.com. Retrieved Jan 29, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "NH-SOS - NHSOS". sos.nh.gov. Retrieved Jan 29, 2021.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Jennifer Horn
Chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party
2017–2018
Succeeded by
Wayne MacDonald