Jennifer Horn

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Jennifer M. Horn
ResidenceNashua, New Hampshire
EducationThe College of Saint Rose, 1982-1986
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)William Horn

Jennifer M. Horn (born 1964) was a two-time challenger for the New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, She won the Republican nomination in 2008, and became the first woman nominated by the Republican Party in the state. She lost to Paul Hodes in the general election. In 2010, she ran again and lost to Charles Bass in the Republican primary.

Early life and education[edit]

Horn was born in Albany, New York.[1] She attended The College of Saint Rose from 1982 to 1986.[1]


Horn worked as a liaison between Blue Cross-Blue Shield and physicians from 1986-1990, worked with her husband at his management-consulting firm from 1990 to 1997, was a print journalist at The Telegraph from 2002 to 2008, and a radio talk-show host from 2006 to 2008.[1]

Political involvement[edit]

2008 Congressional campaign[edit]

In the 2008 campaign for U.S. Representative for the Second Congressional District of New Hampshire, Horn ran against incumbent Paul Hodes.[2] Horn first defeated four other primary opponents in her first political race.[3] The campaign included a televised debate.[4]

2010 Congressional Primary[edit]

In 2010, Horn ran for the Republican nomination for District Two's House seat against former U.S. Representative Charlie Bass. Bass defeated Horn by 8 points.[5]

Political activism[edit]

In 2011, Horn founded the conservative non-profit organization We the People: A First in the Nation Freedom Forum, which she terminated following her election as Chairman of the NH GOP. Its founding principle was the bolstering of freedom via the promotion of personal responsibility and limited government [6] The organization sponsored town hall type meetings through New Hampshire in the lead up to the state's first-in-the-nation primary. Rick Santorum spoke at one of the organization's events on April 30, 2011.[7]

Horn chaired the New Hampshire Republican State Committee’s platform committee in 2012.[8]

Chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party[edit]

Horn won the GOP Chairmanship on January 26, 2013, defeating Andrew Hemingway in an election to replace the outgoing Chairman, Wayne MacDonald.[9][10] She had the backing of U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte and outgoing U.S. Representatives Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass,[11] along with 40 other elected officials.[12][13] In the closing weeks of the election, she had faced scrutiny for a $92,000 IRS lien and another $230,000 in campaign debt. The debt was in the form of a loan that Horn had made to the campaign. Thus, it was money due to Horn personally from the campaign. .[14][15] Her IRS debt was subsequently paid in full and the lien removed. Both Horn and her opponent Hemingway had characterized the release of the information by fellow Republican Joe Barton as a "personal attack" that had no place in the election.[14][16][17]

As NH GOP chair, she has attacked the state Democratic Party for what she has termed "Drive-Thru" voting.[18] Horn contends that voting by out-of-state Democratic volunteers, including the niece of Vice President Joseph Biden, in New Hampshire elections is illegal and constitutes voter fraud. She accused Democratic State Senator Martha Fuller Clark of midwifing a "sanctuary of voter fraud" by allowing four out-of-state campaign volunteers to use her address for their voter registrations.[19]

Horn also announced she supports Republican National Committee Reince Priebus's proposed boycott of CNN and NBC, threatening to deny them Republican participation in the 2016 presidential debates, if the two networks go ahead with their proposed projects featuring Hillary Clinton.[20][21]

Personal life[edit]

Horn resides in Nashua, New Hampshire, with her husband William Horn and five children.[1][1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Greisman, David (5 September 2008). "Congressional Candidate Profile: Jennifer Horn draws inspiration from her family". Keene (NH) Sentinel. Archived from the original on 20 May 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  2. ^ Cook, Robert M. (29 October 2008). "UNH poll: Obama, Shaheen enjoy sizable leads". Fosters (NH) Daily Democrat. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  3. ^ Brooks, Paul (10 September 2008). "Jennifer Horn tops her 3 opponents in Republican race". Manchester (NH) Union Leader. p. A1.
  4. ^ Ramer, Holly (29 October 2008). "Accusations turn dramatic in NH's 2nd CD". Fosters (NH) Daily Democrat. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  5. ^ Hurley, Sean. "Charlie Bass Wins GOP Primary for 2nd Congressional District". New Hampshire Public Radio. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  6. ^ McKeon, Albert (May 6, 2011). "Jennifer Horn reacts to son's arrest on marijuana and alcohol charges". Nashua Telegraph. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  7. ^ Seamans, Michael. "Rick Santorum Speaks at the Freedom Forum". Demotix: The Network for Freelance Photojournalists. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  8. ^ Leubsdorf, Ben (November 28, 2012). "Jennifer Horn locks down establishment support in run for N.H. GOP chair". Concord Monitor. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  9. ^ Rogers, Josh (January 26, 2013). "GOP Elects Horn". New Hampshire Public Radio. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Jennifer Horn elected to lead NH Republicans". Boston Globe. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  11. ^ Pendell, James (28 November 2012). "Horn poised to become next NHGOP chair". WMUR 9. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  12. ^ DiStaso, John (5 December 2012). "Granite Status: In NHGOP chair race, Horn has new backers, Hemingway has new proposal". Manchester (NH) Union Leader. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  13. ^ DiStaso, John (19 December 2012). "Granite Status: Republicans set 'soul-searching' conference for the way forward". Manchester (NH) Union Leader. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  14. ^ a b Timmins, AnnMarie (8 January 2013). "Tax lien 'truth' in GOP state party race puts Republican on defensive". Newspapers of New England (NH) Concord Monitor. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  15. ^ Pindell, James (7 January 2013). "IRS tax lien on Horn's home surfaces in NHGOP chair race". WMUR 9. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  16. ^ Rogers, Josh (9 January 2013). "Ayotte Says G.O.P. Delegates Will Evaluate Horn Tax Lien". New Hampshire Public Radio. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  17. ^ Robidoux, Carol (11 January 2013). "Horn's Tax Lien Surfaces on Facebook". Nashua Patch. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  18. ^ Horn, Jennifer. "Democrats are wrong to defend drive-thru votes". Nashua Telegraph. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  19. ^ "Party flap hardly voter fraud case". Nashua Telegraph. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  20. ^ "Editorial: GOP vs. CNN? This fight's not worth it". Concord Monitor. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  21. ^ Landrigan, Kevin. "GOP leaders pressure NBC and CNN to cancel planned Hillary Clinton dramas". Nashua Telegraph. Retrieved 7 August 2013.

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