Charles Bass

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Charles Bass
Charles Bass.jpg
U.S. House, New Hampshire, District 2
Retired Representative
In office
1995-2007, January 3, 2011-2013
PartyRepublican
PredecessorPaul Hodes
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Hampshire Senate from District 11
1988–1992
New Hampshire General Court
1982-1988
Education
Bachelor'sDartmouth College
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 8, 1952
Place of birthBoston, Massachusetts
ProfessionPolitician, staffer
Net worth$6,987,517
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Charles Bass campaign logo
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Charles Foster "Charlie" Bass (b. January 8, 1952) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New Hampshire. Bass was elected by voters from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district in 2010. He ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 2012, losing to Democrat Ann MacLane Kuster in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

According to a March 2012 article in Roll Call, Bass was one of the top 10 most vulnerable incumbents.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bass was a "centrist Republican".[3]

Biography

Bass was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated with a B.A. from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.[4]

Career

Bass graduated and joined the staff of United States Representative William S. Cohen of Maine in 1974, and served on the staff of United States Representative David F. Emery of Maine from 1975-1979. He was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the Ninety-seventh Congress in 1980 and delegate to New Hampshire constitutional convention in 1984, joining the New Hampshire general court in 1982.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Bass served on the following committees:[6]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

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

Charles Bass endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [7]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Bass voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

Elections

2012

See also: New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Bass ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New Hampshire's 2nd District. He defeated Gerard Beloin, Will Dean, Miroslaw Dziedzic, and Dennis Lamare in the Republican primary and moved on to the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in New Hampshire in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats retake the House or Republican holds its majority in 2013.[11] New Hampshire ranked 10th on the list.[11] Bass is considered a vulnerable incumbent.[12]

On September 26, one of Bass' staffers took a video of Kuster in which the staffer pesters Kuster until she takes the camera from him and refuses to return it. She returned the camera moments later, and the video was published by the conservative NH Journal on September 27.[13] She responded by accusing Bass, and Republicans in general, of "political bullying".[14]

U.S. House, New Hampshire District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Charles Bass Incumbent 45.4% 152,977
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnn McLane Kuster 50.2% 169,275
     Libertarian Hardy Macia 4.4% 14,936
Total Votes 337,188
Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Primary results

New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Bass 81.8% 39,605
Dennis Lamare 8.8% 4,263
Will Dean 4.4% 2,129
Miroslaw Dziedzic 2.7% 1,310
Gerard Beloin 2.3% 1,127
Total Votes 48,434

2010

On November 2, 2010, Bass was elected to the United States House for a fifth non-consecutive term. He defeated Ann McLane Kuster (D), Tim vanBlommesteyn (Independent), and Howard L. Wilson (Libertarian).[15]

United States House, New Hampshire General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Bass 48.3% 108,610
     Democratic Ann McLane Kuster 46.8% 105,060
     Independent Tim vanBlommesteyn 2.8% 6,197
     Libertarian Howard L. Wilson 2.1% 4,796
Total Votes 224,663

Campaign donors

2012

Breakdown of the source of Bass' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Bass was defeated by Ann McLane Kuster in 2012. During that election cycle, Bass' campaign committee raised a total of $2,066,088 and spent $2,072,141.[16]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Bass's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Bass was elected to the U.S. House in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,242,838 and spent $1,249,005.[17]

Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Bass paid his congressional staff a total of $885,486 in 2011. Overall, New Hampshire ranks 44th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Bass' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $3,439,035 to $10,536,000. That averages to $6,987,517, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232.[19]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Bass' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $3,164,021 to $9,712,000. Averaging to a net worth of $6,438,010.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[20]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Bass tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 209th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[21]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Bass ranked 233rd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[22]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Charles Bass voted with the Republican Party 83.2% of the time, which ranked 234th among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[23]

Recent news

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Personal

Bass lives in Peterborough with his wife Lisa and their two children, Lucy and Jonathan. He enjoys skiing, hiking, rebuilding old cars in his barn, and spending time with his family.[24]

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Roll Call "Top 10 Vulnerable: Targets on Their Backs," March 16, 2012
  3. Gov Track "Bass" Accessed May 14, 2012
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "BASS, Charles Foster, (1952 - )"
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "BASS, Charles Foster, (1952 - )"
  6. Congressman Charles Bass, Proudly Serving New Hampshire's 2nd District "Committees & Caucuses"
  7. Politico, "Charlie Bass joins Kelly Ayotte in Mitt Romney camp," November 21, 2011
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. WMUR "Primary Results"
  10. http://sos.nh.gov/2012ConRepPrim.aspx?id=26277
  11. 11.0 11.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  12. New York Times "House Ratings" Accessed October 3
  13. NH Journal "Kuster Video"
  14. Union Leader "Kuster's response to video"
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  16. Open Secrets "Charles Bass 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 21, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Charles Bass 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 26, 2011
  18. LegiStorm, "Charles Bass," Accessed October 8, 2012
  19. OpenSecrets.org "Charles Bass (R-NH), 2011," accessed February 14, 2013
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Charles Bass (R-NH), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012
  21. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  24. Congressman Charles Bass, Proudly Serving New Hampshire's 2nd District "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Hodes
U.S. House of Representatives - New Hampshire District 2
2011-2013
Succeeded by
Ann McLane Kuster (D)
Preceded by
Richard Swett
U.S. House of Representatives - New Hampshire District 2
1995-2007
Succeeded by
Paul Hodes
Preceded by
Jean White
New Hampshire Senate - District 11
1982-1988
Succeeded by
David Wheeler
Preceded by
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New Hampshire General Court
1982-1988
Succeeded by
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