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Richard Swett

In office
September 8, 1998 – July 6, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Edward Elliot Elson
Succeeded by Stuart A. Bernstein

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1991-January 3, 1995
Preceded by Charles Douglas III
Succeeded by Charlie Bass

Born May 1, 1957 (1957-05-01) (age 52)
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Katrina Swett
Residence Bow, New Hampshire
Alma mater Yale University
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Katrina and Dick Swett, at 2008 Milford Labor Day parade

Richard "Dick" Swett (born May 1, 1957) is an American politician from the U.S. state of New Hampshire.

Swett was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and moved to New Hampshire with his family as a child. He attended Yale University and became an architect - working in Skidmore Owings and Merrill's San Francisco office. Swett became active in the Democratic Party and eventually began a political career. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1990 from the second district of New Hampshire. He was re-elected in 1992 but lost his re-election bid in 1994 to Republican Charles Bass. Swett was the last Democrat to represent New Hampshire in U.S. Congress until 2007. Swett is also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon Church. In 1980 he married Katrina Lantos, daughter of Congressman Tom Lantos.

In 1996, Swett ran as the Democratic Party candidate for a seat in the United States Senate from New Hampshire, against incumbent Republican Robert C. Smith, but was narrowly defeated by a margin of approximately 242,000 votes for Smith to 227,000 votes for Swett. On the night of the election, in what may have been the most famous moment of his political career, many American media networks incorrectly projected that Swett had won.

In 1998, Swett was appointed by Bill Clinton to be the United States Ambassador to Denmark. He served in that position until 2001, and then moved back to New Hampshire. The Swetts currently reside in Bow, New Hampshire with their children. Swett and Larry Coben wrote the national energy policy for Senator Joseph Lieberman's 2004 presidential campaign.

Swett has recently returned to the field of architecture, assuming the position of Managing Principal for the Washington office of Leo A. Daly. He also owns and co-manages a firm in New Hampshire called Swett Associates.

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

Succeeded by
Charles F. Bass
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Edward Elliott Elson
U.S. Ambassador to Denmark
Succeeded by
Stuart A. Bernstein




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