Stephen Shurtleff

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Stephen Shurtleff
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New Hampshire House of Representatives, Merrimack 11
Incumbent
In office
2004 - present
Term ends
December 6, 2016
Years in position 10
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
House Minority Leader
2015-present
House Majority Leader
2012 - 2014
Compensation
Base salary$200/two-year term
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionSubstitute Teacher
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Stephen J. Shurtleff (b. September 4, 1947) is the Democratic Majority Leader of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Merrimack 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004. As of the 2015 legislative session, Shurtleff serves as House Minority Leader. He previously served as House Majority Leader from 2012 to 2014.

Shurtleff has served as Concord At-Large City Councilor since 2004. He was co-chair of New Hampshire Veterans for Kerry; member of the New Hampshire Democratic State Committee and the Merrimack County Democratic Executive Committee; and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Biography

Shurtleff earned his A.A. from the City College of Chicago. His professional experience includes working as a substitute teacher in the Merrimack School District and United States Marshal supervisory deputy for the United States Department of Justice-United States Marshals Service. Shurtleff served as a sergeant in the United States Army.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

New Hampshire Committee Assignments, 2013
Legislative Administration, Clerk
Rules, Vice Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Shurtleff served on the following committee:

New Hampshire Committee Assignments, 2011
Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Special Committee on Public Employee Pensions Reform

Issues

2010 parole bill

Shurtleff summarized the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee’s recommendation in favor of SB 500 in the April 16, 2010 House calendar:

"The parole system will also undergo a number of reforms, but two very important facts will not change: violent offenders will still be subject to the jurisdiction and discretion of the parole board and New Hampshire’s truth in sentencing law will remain intact. Nonviolent offenders will be subject to release after serving 120% of their minimum sentence, including the disciplinary period required by law."

After he told the NH House that the bill forcing the release of child sexual predators would only apply to nonviolent criminals, it came out that the new law removed the State Adult Parole Board’s discretion. This means it mandates the release of criminals nine months before the end of their maximum sentences in order to ensure that they were under supervision during their first months outside of prison, whether they be nonviolent or violent predators.[1]

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. Incumbent Stephen Shurtleff was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Ben Tasker was unopposed in the Republican primary. Shurtleff and Tasker faced off in the general election.[2] Shurtleff, the House Majority Leader, defeated Tasker in the general election.[3]


New Hampshire House of Representatives Merrimack 11 District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Shurtleff Incumbent 55.2% 829
     Republican Ben Tasker 44.8% 674
Total Votes 1,503

2012

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2012

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

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Merrimack 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Shurtleff Incumbent 100% 1,789
Total Votes 1,789
New Hampshire House of Representatives, Merrimack 11 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Shurtleff Incumbent 83.8% 316
Scott Welch 16.2% 61
Total Votes 377

2010

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Shurtleff won re-election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Merrimack 10 general election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Stephen Shurtleff (D) 2,216
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Gile (D) 2,148
Green check mark transparent.png Frances Potter (D) 1,994
Green check mark transparent.png June Frazer (D) 1,835
Carrie McGee (R) 1,636
Myril Cox (R) 1,441

2008

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Stephen Shurleff won one of the four seats in the Merrimack 10 District to the New Hampshire House of Representatives for Merrimack District 10, receiving 3,312 votes.

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Merrimack 10
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Gile (D) 3,341
Green check mark transparent.png Stephen Shurtleff (D) 3,312
Green check mark transparent.png Frances Potter (D) 3,252
Green check mark transparent.png William Stetson (D) 2,784
Harman (R) 1,915
Cox (R) 1,759
Others 37

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Shurtleff is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Shurtleff raised a total of $275 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 24, 2013.[6]

Stephen Shurtleff's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Hampshire House, Merrimack 11 Won $0
2010 New Hampshire House, Merrimack 10 Won $0
2008 New Hampshire House, Merrimack 10 Won $0
2006 New Hampshire House, Merrimack 10 Won $0
2004 New Hampshire House, Merrimack 10 Won $275
Grand Total Raised $275

2012

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

2010

In 2010, a year in which Shurtleff was up for re-election, he did not collect any money in donations.[7]

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.
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  • 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.

Personal

Shurtleff has three children.[8]

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