John Henry Decker

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John Henry Decker
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Connecticut, District 1
Place of birthTexarkana, TX
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John Henry Decker was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Connecticut. Decker ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. He was defeated in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]


Campaign themes


Decker's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Improving Our Economy
Excerpt: "The economy is the single most important issue facing our country. The economy encompasses jobs and unemployment, our deficits and national debt, and even our consumer confidence and individual pride."
  • Reducing Our Dependence On Foreign Oil
Excerpt: "Rising volatility in the Middle East increases the probability of supply interruptions. The aversion to domestic production and unwillingness to face the realities and subsequent consequences of a possible interruption by my opponent leaves our fragile economy vulnerable while simultaneously posing a risk to our national security."
  • Healthcare Reform
Excerpt: " It is irresponsible of any elected official to simply ignore Medicare knowing that is in serious trouble. Sadly, we have grown accustomed to politicians side-stepping issues and kicking the can down the road. Our elected officials, including my opponent, continue to avoid important issues such as entitlement reform and unsustainable deficits."
  • Improving Education for Our Children
Excerpt: "Securing the future of our children should be the goal of virtually every politician. Yet the role of the federal government in education is a complicated one. At its core, Washington needs to provide support, direction, control, standards and research."



See also: Connecticut's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Decker ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Connecticut's 1st District. Decker ran unopposed in the August 14, 2012, Republican primary.[3] He faced incumbent John B. Larson (D) and S. Michael DeRosa (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4] Larson won the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn B. Larson Incumbent 69.7% 206,973
     Republican John Henry Decker 27.7% 82,321
     Green S. Michael DeRosa 1.8% 5,477
     Independent Matthew Corey 0.8% 2,290
Total Votes 297,061
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Decker's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Decker did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Decker's campaign committee raised a total of $69,700 and spent $73,150.[6]


Decker and his wife, Melinda, have three children.[7]

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