John Barnes (New Hampshire)

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John Barnes
John S. Barnes Jr..jpg
New Hampshire State Senate District 17
Former member
In office
2000 - 2012
Base salary$200/two-year term
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2000
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Hampshire, 1956
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1950 - 1953
Date of birth08/21/1931
Place of birthArlington, MA
Office website
John Barnes (b. August 21, 1931) is a former Republican member of the New Hampshire State Senate, representing District 17 from 2000 to 2012. He served as President Pro Tempore.

Barnes was Chair on the Board of Selectment from 1986 to 1987. He also served in the New Hampshire State House of Representatives from 1988 to 1992. He then served in the New Hampshire State Senate from 1992 to 1998 and again from 2000 to the present. He represents the 17th District.

Barnes served in the United States Army from 1950 to 1953 and fought in the Korean War. He is also the retired owner of McDonald's Restaurants.

Barnes attended Manlius Military, New York. He then earned his B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in 1956.

Committee assignments

In the 2011-12 legislative session, Barnes served on these committees:

Barnes was previously a member of the following committees:


Presidential preference


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

John Barnes (New Hampshire) endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [1]



See also: New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2012

Barnes did not seek re-election to the State Senate in 2012. He has endorsed New Hampshire Representative John Reagan in the race to replace him.[2]


See also: New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Barnes won election to the New Hampshire State Senate. He faced no opposition in the September 14 primary and defeated Charles Proulx in the general election.

New Hampshire State Senate, District 17 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Barnes (R) 13,254
Charles Proulx (D) 5,743


On November 4, 2008, John Barnes won the election for New Hampshire State Senate, District 17 with 17,470 votes.

Barnes raised $10,250 for his campaign.[3]

New Hampshire State Senate, District 17 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Barnes (R) 17,470
Proulx (D) 10,212
Others 15

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Barnes was up for re-election, he collected $17,225 in donations.[4]

Listed below are the four largest contributors to Barnes's 2010 campaign.

Donor Amount
Tausch, Frederick W $5,250
New Hampshire Association Of Realtors $2,000
New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association $1,000
Free & Strong America PAC $1,000


Listed below are the largest contributors to John Barnes' 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
New Hampshire Association of Realtors $1,500
Senate PAC $1,000


Barnes and his wife, Frances, have three children.

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Preceded by
New Hampshire State Senate District 17
Succeeded by
John Reagan (R)