Scott M. Sipprelle

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Scott Sipprelle
Republican candidate for
U.S. House of Representatives
Election date
November 2, 2010
Opponent(s) Rush Holt (D) Kenneth J. Cody (I)
Incumbent Rush Holt
Personal details
Born (1963-02-15) February 15, 1963 (age 54)
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Tracy Sipprelle
Children Jessica; David; Steven
Residence Princeton, New Jersey
Occupation Venture Capitalist
Religion Protestant

Scott Mills Sipprelle (born February 15, 1963) is a venture capitalist and was the 2010 Republican candidate for Congress in New Jersey's 12th congressional district.[1][2] Sipprelle founded Westland Ventures, a Princeton-based investment firm, which helps emerging companies by providing growth capital.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Scott Sipprelle was born in Santa Barbara, California, where his father was a high school history teacher. Later, his parents joined the US Foreign Service and Scott spent much of his childhood living abroad, primarily in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Sipprelle graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College in 1985 with a B.A. in Economics along with a minor in government. He was the recipient of the Clark Prize in Public Speaking.

Business career[edit]

In 2007 Sipprelle founded the investment firm, Westland Ventures. Westland Ventures provides growth capital for emerging companies. Westland Ventures has invested in many young companies, including BlogTalkRadio, Zhena's Gypsy Tea, Narragansett Brewing, and The Bank of Princeton. [4] Sipprelle has served as Chairman of the Advisory Board for The Bank of Princeton.[5]

Previously, Sipprelle was a senior executive in the financial services industry. From 1985 to 1998 Sipprelle worked for Morgan Stanley, where, at 32, he became a managing director. He later managed the firm’s Equity Capital Markets Division, where he was responsible for managing the initial public offering process for many companies, including the landmark IPO of Netscape in 1994.

In 1998, Sipprelle left Morgan Stanley to launch the investment firm Midtown Research, which subsequently became Copper Arch Capital.[6] Sipprelle's firm gained notoriety for instigating a shareholder revolt against cronyism and mismanagement at Morgan Stanley that eventually toppled the CEO, Phil Purcell.[7] After a decade of managing capital for endowments and foundations, Sipprelle closed his fund in November 2007, a few months before the global stock markets collapsed.[8]

Political career[edit]

Sipprelle first became interested in politics when, as a college student, he served as an intern for California Senator Pete Wilson.[9] On the night of January 13, 2010, Sipprelle announced his intention of running for New Jersey's 12th District Congressional seat. Sipprelle promised to focus on “common-sense solutions”[10] and to take back Washington from the career politicians. This was Sipprelle’s first run for political office,[11] and in a statement he said, “I’m not running for Congress simply to be competitive or put up a good fight.”[10] In a vow to be an independent voice on Capitol Hill Sipprelle said, “Frankly, any Congressman — of either party — who votes with his party boss 98 or 99 percent of the time is just a cog in the partisan machine that is tearing this country apart. He is not exercising wisdom, principle or good judgment, or putting his country first. You deserve better.”[10]

Sipprelle was criticized later in January for his contribution to the congressional campaigns of Blue Dog Democrats Allen Boyd of Florida, Charlie Melancon of Louisiana, Heath Shuler of North Carolina, Baron Hill of Indiana, and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota.[12][13]

On the night of June 8, Primary Election Day, Sipprelle won the Republican Primary over challenger David Corsi by a margin of 54-46.[14]

On November 2, 2010, six-term incumbent Rush Holt defeated Scott Sipprelle 53%-46%, with independent Kenneth J. Cody receiving 1%.

Personal life[edit]

Sipprelle married his college sweetheart, Tracy. They are the parents of three children Jessica, David, and Stephen.[1] Sipprelle and his family currently live in Princeton, New Jersey, United States.[15]

In September 2009 Sipprelle published his first novel, The Golden Dog,[16] a mystery set on Wall Street.


  1. ^ a b "Scott M. Sipprelle (NJ)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  2. ^ Edge, Wally (January 13, 2010). "For Sipprelle, it's all about the benjamins". PolitickerNJ. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  3. ^ "About Scott". Scott Sipprelle for U.S. Congress web site. Archived from the original on April 17, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  4. ^ "BlogTalkRadio, Backed of Scott Sipprelle's Westland Ventures, Nearly Closes on $2M". Citybizlist Philadelphia. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  5. ^ "Scott M. Sipprelle". Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  6. ^ "Scott Sipprelle: Executive Profile & Biography". Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  7. ^ Paul Tharp. "MORGAN STANLEY DREADS SCOTT". Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Reuters:Copper Arch Fund to Liquidate". 
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  10. ^ a b c "Scott Sipprelle, Republican, announces challenge to U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, D-Hunterdon". The Express-Times. January 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  11. ^ |title= U.S. 1: Scott Sipprelle's Business Roots|
  12. ^ Wealthy GOPer criticized for Dem donations (updated), Sean J. Miller, The Hill, January 21, 2010
  13. ^ Donor Lookup
  14. ^ "Republican Rep. Leonard Lance, Democrat Tod Theise victors in New Jersey's 7th, 5th congressional districts; close race to face Rep. Rush Holt in 12th District". June 9, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  15. ^ Dilyard, Katie (January 26, 2010). "Scott Sipprelle '85 Running for Congress". Hamilton College Alumni News & Notes. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  16. ^ "The Golden Dog (Paperback)". Retrieved 2010-06-17. 

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