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Shawn Sweeney
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New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 23
Incumbent
In office
December 5, 2012 - present
Term ends
December 6, 2016
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$200/two-year term
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sDaniel Webster College, 1998
J.D.University of New Hampshire, School of Law, 2001
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Shawn P. Sweeney is a Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Hillsborough 23. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

Sweeney earned his B.S. in Organizational Management from Daniel Webster College in 1998, and his J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2001. His professional experience includes working as an Assistant County Attorney and in his own private practice. He was admitted to the New Hampshire State Bar in 2001.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Sweeney served on the following committees:

New Hampshire Committee Assignments, 2015
Criminal Justice and Public Safety

2013-2014

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Sweeney served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

In an electronic communication with Ballotpedia, Sweeney described his political philosophy:[1]

"I have and will continue to spend my adult life protecting the rights and freedom of our citizens from the military to the law.

I believe that government has a crucial, but limited, role that should not extend to the micro-management of the daily lives of its citizens. That philosophy extends to education which is best stewarded by the people who care the most about the children effected [sic] by it. Local control enhances education and parental control enhances it even more.

Clear predictable laws, a well educated work force, and a low tax burden, are the foundations of New Hampshire's business advantage.

Government fees are taxes. Lately every state agency seems to have developed its own tax base. This trend must be reigned in.

Government tends to grow if nobody is paying attention. Government growth, by necessity, requires ever increasing funding and interferes increasingly in the lives of its citizens in order to justify its growth.

The safety and security of the citizens of New Hampshire is of paramount importance. Horrific and violent crimes are becoming far too familiar to the residents of Milford and the surrounding towns. We have lost far too many of our young people here in town tragically. We must focus on the cause of these events and make concrete changes to preserve the safety and security of our town and protect our children.

Preservation of our natural resources is simply self-preservation. From both a physical health and economic health perspective we need to be good stewards of our environment. This is a rare exception to the rule of market forces being the most effective method of finding the best result. Government must take a leading role in environmental stewardship.

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Elections

2014

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New Hampshire House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 13, 2014. Five candidates faced off in the Democratic primary, while four candidates were unopposed in the Republican primary.[2] The general election was contested by four Democrats and four Republicans. The Democrats were Elise deMichael, Dorothy H. Lindon, Herb Salmon, and incumbent Ruth Heden. The Republicans participants were Barbara Biggie, Bill Goulette, Carolyn Halstead, and incumbent Shawn Sweeney. All four Republicans were victorious over the Democrats in the general election.[3]

New Hampshire House of Representatives Hillsborough 23 District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngShawn Sweeney Incumbent 14.2% 2,681
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Goulette 13.9% 2,621
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn Halstead 13.8% 2,596
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Biggie 13.7% 2,574
     Democratic Ruth Heden Incumbent 12.1% 2,282
     Democratic Herb Salmon 11.1% 2,092
     Democratic Dorothy H. Lindon 10.9% 2,053
     Democratic Elise deMichael 10.2% 1,917
     NA Scatter 0.1% 13
Total Votes 18,829


New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough District Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRuth Heden Incumbent 22.7% 333
Green check mark transparent.pngDorothy Lindon 21.5% 315
Green check mark transparent.pngElise deMichael 22.7% 333
Green check mark transparent.pngHerb Salmon 19.1% 280
Mark Linn 13.9% 204
Total Votes 1,465

2012

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sweeney won election in the 2012 election for New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 23. Sweeney advanced past the September 11 primary and won election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 23, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Willette Incumbent 15.1% 3,789
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRuth Heden 13.3% 3,326
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngShawn Sweeney 12.7% 3,187
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Palmer Incumbent 12.4% 3,099
     Republican Andrew Seale 12.2% 3,048
     Democratic Andy Hughes 12% 2,997
     Democratic Roger Tilton 11.4% 2,845
     Democratic Herb Salmon 11% 2,748
Total Votes 25,039
New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 23 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Willette Incumbent 27.1% 876
Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Palmer Incumbent 21.6% 698
Green check mark transparent.pngShawn Sweeney 19.5% 629
Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Seale 18.4% 594
Conrad Koch, Jr. 13.4% 433
Total Votes 3,230

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sweeney is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Sweeney raised a total of $0 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 6, 2013.[6]

Shawn Sweeney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Hampshire House, Hillsborough 23 Won $0
Grand Total Raised $0

2012

Sweeney won election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sweeney raised a total of $0.
New Hampshire House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Shawn Sweeney's campaign in 2012
Total Raised in 2012$0
Source:Follow the Money

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 163rd New Hampshire General Court, first year, was in session from January 2 to July 1. In 2014, the 163rd New Hampshire General Court, second year, was in session from January 8 through June 13.

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