Regina Birdsell

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Regina Birdsell
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New Hampshire State Senate, District 19
Incumbent
In office
December 3, 2014 - present
Term ends
December 6, 2016
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$200/two-year term
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham 13
2010 - 2014
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Regina M. Birdsell is a Republican member of the New Hampshire State Senate, representing District 19. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

She served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Rockingham 13 from 2010 to 2014.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

New Hampshire Committee Assignments, 2013
Election Law

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Birdsell served on this committee:

New Hampshire Committee Assignments, 2011
Election Law

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Birdsell's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Economic Development

  • Excerpt: "Bringing good-paying jobs to District 19 will spread out the tax burden we all face, as well as improve the lives of those still struggling in this economy. I will work with the Department of Resources and Economic Development to speak with companies looking to relocate to NH. I will work with DRED to make sure they visit our towns. I will also work with the Department of Employment Security to bring job fairs to our district."

Transportation

  • Excerpt: "Interstate 93's expansion has taken too long, and one reason is the misappropriation of gas tax money. By law, gas tax revenue must go toward infrastructure, but much of it gets diverted for other reasons. I will fight to make sure the money we spend on gas taxes goes toward finishing 93, as well as improving routes such as 28, 102, 111, and 121."

Fiscal responsibility

  • Excerpt: "District 19 citizens pay too much in taxes. I have a flawless record of voting against tax increases (such as the gax tax), as well as against establishing new ones (such as the Medicaid expansion, which will likely lead to millions in unfunded mandates from the federal government). I also believe diligent oversight of our state departments and how they prioritize their spending, will lead to more efficient government."

Gaming

  • Excerpt: "I support casinos in NH, and believe it will aid in tourism, job growth, and economic relief for our communities. However, I will only support a bill that protects taxpayers, provides resources to area towns, and promotes competition. We will live with the results of this legislation for years, and I want to make sure we craft and support the right bill."

Second Amendment

  • Excerpt: "I will keep it simple. I strongly support the Second Amendment, have never voted to infringe upon it, and will be a voice for the responsible users of firearms in our state."

Elections

2014

See also: New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New Hampshire State Senate 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. Kristi St. Laurent was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Regina Birdsell defeated Jim Foley and Frank Sapareto in the Republican primary. Laurent and Birdsell faced off in the general election.[2]Birdsell defeated St. Laurent in the general election, and was elected to the seat.[3]

New Hampshire State Senate, District 19 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRegina Birdsell 61.4% 11,561
     Democratic Kristi St. Laurent 38.6% 7,275
Total Votes 18,836
New Hampshire State Senate, District 19 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRegina Birdsell 40% 1,980
Jim Foley 30.8% 1,527
Frank Sapareto 29.2% 1,447
Total Votes 4,954

2012

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2012

Birdsell won re-election in the 2012 election for New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham 13. Birdsell advanced past the September 11 primary and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

2010

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Birdsell won election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives.[6][7]

Birdsell advanced past the September 14 primary election. She faced incumbent Melissa Lyons (D), incumbent Norman Major (R), incumbent Ken Weyler (R), incumbent David Welch (R), incumbent John Sedensky (R), Jeffrey Oligny (R), Marie Sapienza (R), and Carol Croteau (D) in the November 2 general election.

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham 7 general election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Norman Major (R) 4,931
Green check mark transparent.png David Welch (R) 4,622
Green check mark transparent.png Marie Sapienza (R) 4,562
Green check mark transparent.png John Sedensky (R) 4,512
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Weyler (R) 4,509
Green check mark transparent.png Regina Birdsell (R) 4,319
Green check mark transparent.png Jeffrey Oligny (R) 4,181
Melissa Lyons (D) 2,456
Carol Croteau (D) 2,332

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, a year in which Birdsell was up for re-election, she collected $1,075 in donations.[8]

Scorecards

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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.

  • Legislators are scored based on votes on bills relating to economic freedom and prosperity.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on bills relating to economic freedom and prosperity.
  • Legislators are scored based on pro-liberty and anti-liberty votes.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on key business legislation.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 162nd New Hampshire General Court, first year, was in session from January 5 through July 1. In 2012, the 162nd New Hampshire General Court, second year, was in session from January 4 through June 27.

  • Legislators are scored based on if they voted with the traditional principles and values of the Republican Party.
  • Legislators are scored based on pro-liberty and anti-liberty votes.
  • Legislators are scored based on pro-liberty and anti-liberty votes.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on key business legislation.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on key business legislation.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on 39 roll call votes in the House and 20 roll call votes in the Senate during the 2011-2012 session.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Rausch (R)
New Hampshire State Senate District 19
2014–present
Succeeded by
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