Meet the Freshmen: Representative-Elect Frank Guinta (R-NH-1)
First in a series of three blog posts introducing the newly-elected members of the New England Congressional delegation.
The First District of New Hampshire continues its tradition of being a “swing” district by sending former Representative Frank Guinta back to Washington for a second time. First elected to Congress in 2010, Mr. Guinta bested the incumbent, Representative Carol Shea-Porter, who herself had returned to the First District congressional seat in 2012. The 44 year old Mr. Guinta has a substantial history of public service. In addition to his previous service in Congress, he served two terms as the Mayor of Manchester, two terms as a city alderman and also as a state representative. Mr. Guinta also served as an aide to former U.S. Representative Jeb Bradley. As mayor, Mr. Guinta worked to “restore order and discipline” to Manchester’s fiscal situation and worked to reduce crime in the Queen City. While in Congress from 2011-12, Mr. Guinta served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where Council members may remember his efforts in helping to craft the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). He also served on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee as well as on the Budget Committee and the Financial Services Committee. Having previously served in Congress, Mr. Guinta should have a “leg-up” on other new Members of Congress in obtaining Committee assignments for the 114th Congress. Mr. Guinta has indicated that he would like to replace Obamacare with a “market-based” approach to health care that will increase access, portability, and competition while driving costs down, suggesting that New England could serve as a model for such an approach. Further, he wants Congress to work towards “repealing red tape, reducing spending and reforming the tax code.” In addition, he supports a long-term energy strategy that utilizes domestic sources and includes renewable and green energy options towards energy independence. Mr. Guinta holds a B.A. from Assumption College and a Masters in Intellectual Property from the Franklin Pierce Law Center. He is married with two children. See Mr. Guinta’s campaign website.