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Charlie Bass

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3,2007
Preceded by Dick Swett
Succeeded by Paul Hodes

Born January 8, 1952 (1952-01-08) (age 58)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lisa Bass
Residence Peterborough, New Hampshire
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Religion Episcopalian

Charles Foster "Charlie" Bass (born January 8, 1952) is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for the second district of New Hampshire. First elected in the 1994 Republican Revolution, he served 12 years until being defeated in the congressional elections of 2006. On March 17, 2009, Bass joined the Board of Directors of Laidlaw Biopower, LLC[1], a company engaged in the development and construction of biomass power plants in the northeastern United States. He is considering running for his old office in 2010.[2]



Bass was born in Boston to Katharine and Perkins Bass[3] His father, Perkins Bass, was a Republican congressman from New Hampshire from 1955 to 1963. His grandfather, Robert P. Bass, was a Republican Governor of the state from 1911 to 1912, a founder of the Progressive Republican movement, and a friend and confidant of Teddy Roosevelt. Charles Bass attended high school at the prestigious Holderness School in Plymouth, New Hampshire, where he was elected President of the school in his senior year. Thereafter he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1974. Bass currently resides in Peterborough, New Hampshire. During 1974 he worked for Maine congressman William Cohen and from 1975 until 1979 he worked for another Maine congressman, David F. Emery.

Political career

Bass was a candidate in the Republican primary for Congress in 1980, but lost. He continued in public office, serving three two-year terms as a state representative, then two two-year terms as a state Senator until he was defeated in the Republican Primary in 1992 by Dave Wheeler. He was elected to Congress in 1994.

Bass was one of the first and most vocal Congressmen to call for Tom DeLay to step aside as Majority Leader in early 2005 and led the organized petition that resulted in his removal from House Leadership, although DeLay's campaign committee (ARMPAC) had contributed $14,233 to Bass over more than ten years. Bass did not return or give up the money that ARMPAC had contributed.

In November 2006, Bass was defeated for re-election by Democrat Paul Hodes. Hodes was able to overcome a large deficit in the polls and beat Bass due in large part to a wave of anti-Republican sentiment that swept the nation in the mid-term election. Bass' defeat helped turn control of the House of Representatives back to the Democrats, who had been out of power there since 1994.

Bass is a member of the Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans For Choice PAC, and Republicans for Environmental Protection. He is a Director and former head of The Republican Main Street Partnership, a coalition of centrist Republicans.[4] He chose not to run for office in 2008, but is seriously considering running for office in 2010.[2]

Post Political Career

Bass was recently named to the Board of Directors of Laidlaw Biopower LLC where he has been previously serving as an advisor.[1]

Election History

Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1994 Congress, District 2 General Charlie Bass Republican N/A N/A Richard Swett Democratic N/A N/A
1996 Congress, District 2 General Charlie Bass Republican 123,001 50.50 Arnie Arnesen Democratic 105,867 43.46 Carole Lamirande Independent 10,757 4.42
1998 Congress, District 2 General Charlie Bass Republican 85,740 53.13 Mary Rauh Democratic 72,217 44.75 Paula Werme Libertarian 3338 2.07
2000 Congress, District 2 General Charlie Bass Republican 152,581 56.19 Barney Brannen Democratic 110,367 40.64 Brian Christeson Libertarian 3338 2.07
Roy Kendel Independent 2204 0.81
2002 Congress, District 2 General Charlie Bass Republican 125,804 56.81 Katrina Swett Democratic 90,479 40.86 Rosalie Babiarz Libertarian 5,051 2.28
2004 Congress, District 2 General Charlie Bass Republican 191,188 58.25 Paul Hodes Democratic 125,280 38.17 Richard Kahn Libertarian 11,311 3.45
2006 Congress, District 2 General Charlie Bass Republican 94,012 45.61 Paul Hodes Democratic 108,634 52.71 Ken Blevens Libertarian 3,305 1.60


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard Swett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Paul Hodes


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