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Dan Innis
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New Hampshire, District 1
Bachelor'sOhio University
Master'sMiami University (Ohio)
Ph.D.Ohio State University
ProfessionUniversity of New Hampshire Dean of Business and Economics
Campaign website
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Dan Innis was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of New Hampshire.[1] He lost to Frank Guinta in the Republican primary on September 9, 2014.[2]


Innis was born in Columbus, Ohio, and currently resides in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He holds a BBA from Ohio University, an M.B.A. from Miami University (Ohio) and a Ph.D. in Marketing from Ohio State University. In addition to his career in education, Innis also co-founded The Hotel Portsmouth and Ale House Inn.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Innis' academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • Assistant professor of marketing - Ohio University (1991)
  • Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy, and Health - University of Maine (2002)
  • Dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics - University of New Hampshire (2007)


Campaign Themes


Innis listed the following four priorities on his campaign website:[4]

  • Government spending: "First, we must get our fiscal house in order. We have a spending problem in Washington and our growing national debt carries a huge cost. I believe we have a moral obligation to future generations to work together and finally get Washington spending under control."
  • Government size: "Second, I believe our federal government is too big and is found in too many places. We know the uncertainty of government policies causes businesses and families to behave cautiously, which leads to fewer opportunities for working families to get good jobs. As Congressman, I will work to responsibly shrink the size of government and help get America back to work."
  • Tax reform: "Third, I will work to reform our tax system. We need to make our individual tax rates sensible, simple, and fair. I also support cutting our corporate tax, which is currently the highest in the world. If we want to grow business at home, we have to act like we want business here."
  • Investing in the future: "Finally, we must invest in the future of our America. Smart infrastructure and education investments are critical. Without a solid transportation and communication backbone, we lose our competitive edge. In addition, our community colleges, universities, and vocational schools all play a key role in our future competitiveness and they must be made more affordable to all.


—Dan Innis, Campaign website



See also: New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

The 1st Congressional District of New Hampshire held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Republican candidate Frank Guinta challenged and defeated Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter in the general election.[6] While Shea-Porter ran uncontested in the Democratic primary on September 9, 2014, Guinta defeated three other candidates—Dan Innis, Everett Jabour and Brendan Kelly—for the Republican nomination.[7]

New Hampshire's 1st was considered a battleground district in 2014. Shea-Porter was first elected in 2006, but lost to Guinta in 2010 and regained her seat again in the 2012 election, where she defeated Guinta by a 3.8 percent margin of victory. The 1st District also voted Democratic in the 2012 presidential elections, but President Barack Obama won by only 1.6 percent. With 2014 being a third rematch between Shea-Porter and Guinta, this race was viewed as a toss up.

U.S. House, New Hampshire District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Guinta 49.1% 29,246
Dan Innis 40.9% 24,342
Brendan Kelly 8.4% 4,999
Everett Jabour 1.7% 996
Total Votes 59,583
Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State - Official Election Results


Innis received the following endorsements:


Innis announced his candidacy.[15]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Innis' reports.[16]

Dan Innis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[17]January 31, 2014$0.00$106,394.93$(75,353.39)$31,041.54
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$31,041.54$61,442.00$(35,813.73)$56,669.81
Running totals


Innis lives with his husband in New Hampshire.[1]He has three children from a previous marriage.[3] Innis is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress, and he was endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.[19]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Roll Call, "Gay Republican Challenges Carol Shea-Porter," accessed October 9, 2013
  2. Associated Press, "New Hampshire - 2014 Primary Results," accessed September 9, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Dan Innis for Congress, "About Dan Innis," accessed March 27, 2014
  4. Dan Innis for Congress, "Perspective," accessed March 27, 2014
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  6. Politico, "2014 New Hampshire House Election Results," accessed November 6, 2014
  7. Associated Press, "New Hampshire - 2014 Primary Results," accessed September 9, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Portsmouth Patch, "Doug and Stella Scamman Endorse Dan Innis," accessed May 27, 2014
  9. The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, "Dan Innis," accessed May 27, 2014 (dead link)
  10. The Washington Post, "LGBT group to back two gay Republicans for Congress," accessed May 27, 2014
  11. Portsmouth Patch, "Jim Waddell Endorses Dan Innis," accessed May 27, 2014
  12. Portsmouth Patch, "Senator John Reagan Endorses Dan Innis," accessed May 27, 2014
  13. Portsmouth Patch, "Ruth Griffin Endorses Dan Innis," accessed May 27, 2014
  14. Portsmouth Patch, "Dan Innis Releases List of 21 Endorsements," accessed May 27, 2014
  15. YouTube, "Dan Innis Announcement," accessed May 28, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Innis Summary Report," accessed April 30, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Innis Year-End," accessed March 20, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Innis April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  19. Washington Blade, "Trend watch: gay Republicans for Congress," accessed March 27, 2014