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Peter Bragdon
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New Hampshire State Senate, District 11
Former Member
In office
2004 - June 6, 2014
PartyRepublican
Leadership
President of the Senate
2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Massachusetts-Lowell
Personal
ProfessionOperations Manager
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Peter Bragdon is a former Republican member of the New Hampshire State Senate, representing District 11 from 2004 to June 6, 2014. Bragdon resigned from the Senate to become the permanent executive director with New Hampshire HealthTrust.[1]

In the 2013 session, Bragdon served as President of the Senate, but stepped down from that position in September 2013. Bragdon served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 2000 to 2002. He then ran for the New Hampshire State Senate in 2002. He has served on the Milford School Board since 1997; a past chairman, he is Vice Chair as of August 2013.

Biography

Bragdon earned his B.S. in Computer Science and Math from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His professional experience includes working as a high school math teacher, President of ACHIEVE! Technology, Incorporated, and owner and publisher of The Milford Observer, Operations Manager for Scott Lawson Group Limited, and Executive Director of the Local Government Center.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Bragdon served on the following committees:

New Hampshire Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance
Rules, Enrolled Bills and Internal Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-12 legislative session, Bragdon served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2012

Bragdon won election in the 2012 election for New Hampshire State Senate, District 11. He defeated Daniel Dwyer in the September 11th Republican primary election. Bragdon was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

New Hampshire State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Bragdon Incumbent 100% 18,644
Total Votes 18,644
New Hampshire State Senate, District 11 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Bragdon Incumbent 61.5% 2,965
Daniel Dwyer 38.5% 1,854
Total Votes 4,819

2010

See also: New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Bragdon won election to the New Hampshire State Senate. He faced no opposition in the September 14 primary and defeated Roger Tilton in the general election.[5][6]

New Hampshire State Senate, District 11 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peter Bragdon (R) 13,070
Roger Tilton (D) 9,319

2008

See also: New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Peter Bragdon won the election for New Hampshire State Senate, District 11 with 16,790 votes.

Bragdon raised $33,480 for his campaign.[7]

New Hampshire State Senate, District 11 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peter Bragdon (R) 16,790
Spratt (D) 12,330
Others 7

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bragdon is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Bragdon raised a total of $264,861 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[8]

Peter Bragdon's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Hampshire Senate, District 11 Won $34,594
2010 New Hampshire Senate, District 11 Won $34,658
2008 New Hampshire Senate, District 11 Won $33,480
2006 New Hampshire Senate, District 11 Won $48,787
2004 New Hampshire Senate, District 11 Won $67,920
2002 New Hampshire Senate, District 11 Defeated $45,422
2000 New Hampshire House, District 13 Won $0
Grand Total Raised $264,861

2012

Bragdon won re-election to the New Hampshire State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Bragdon raised a total of $34,594.
New Hampshire State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Peter Bragdon's campaign in 2012
Friends of Peter Bragdon$21,640
Tausch, Fred$6,000
Anheuser-Busch$3,000
New Hampshire Association of Realtors$2,600
Seabrook Station$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$34,594
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Bragdon won re-election to the New Hampshire State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Bragdon raised a total of $34,658.

2008

Bragdon won re-election to the New Hampshire State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Bragdon raised a total of $33,480.

2006

Bragdon won re-election to the New Hampshire State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Bragdon raised a total of $48,787.

2004

Bragdon won re-election to the New Hampshire State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Bragdon raised a total of $54,895.

2002

Bragdon lost the election for the New Hampshire State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Bragdon raised a total of $45,422.

2000

Bragdon won election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Bragdon did not raise any campaign funds.[9]

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Peter Bragdon endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [10]

Controversies

Local Government Center hiring

In August 2013, Bragdon accepted a position as Executive Director of the Local Government Center, an insurance company for New Hampshire municipalities and school districts. He signed a one-year $180,000 contract with the LGC, which broke state law numerous times between 2003 and 2010, including transferring funds improperly and not distributing excess funds to LGC members. Prior to Bragdon's hiring, a legislative study committee was brought together to look into changing the law that regulates the LGC. Bragdon, who claimed to have discussed the hiring with the Senate's legal counsel, said that he did not see any outstanding conflicts of interest outside of "the typical conflicts you have with volunteer senators who are employed elsewhere." He also said that the New Hampshire Municipal Association, an LGC subsidiary, would soon split, removing any lobbying component. New Hampshire Democrats disagreed vehemently, filing a right-to-know request regarding the LGC's hiring process.[11][12][13]

On August 16, 2013, Bragdon reversed course, saying that he would step down from his leadership position in a special session to be held after Labor Day. In a press release, he said, "Though I initially presumed that any potential conflicts I might face due to my employment would be similar to those of any other senator or representative, given New Hampshire’s volunteer Legislature, I have come to see the merit in arguments that the position of Senate president presents many greater challenges.... Though I have promised to recuse myself from even the most seemingly mundane administrative tasks if a conflict arose, I do realize the perception of impropriety could still exist and could tarnish the reputation of the Senate."[14]

On September 3, 2013, the Senate met in special session; Bragdon resigned from the presidency and Chuck Morse (R) was chosen as his replacement.[15]

Personal

Bragdon is married to his wife, Janet.

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