John Stephen

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John Stephen
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Former candidate for
Governor of New Hampshire
John Stephen was the 2010 Republican candidate for Governor of New Hampshire.


John Stephen was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, where his family owned a popular restaurant, "The Vault." John was introduced to political life when his father, Bobby, a registered Democrat, won a state Senate seat. Bobby had been spurred to run against a 24 year incumbent when increasing tax burdens legislated from Concord began to impact his business.

John was enrolled in Manchester's public schools through middle school. He completed high school at Trinity High, a Catholic school, and studied business at the University of New Hampshire.

At the Detroit College of Law, he was managing editor of the Law Review. Upon graduation, he returned to New Hampshire and took a job as Law Clerk for Federal District Court Judge Martin F. Loughlin. After his clerkship, John spent several years as Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney.

In 1992, then-Governor Judd Gregg named Stephen as the Assistant District Attorney, which served as his own entry into public office. He directed the DWI Unit and eventually became Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Safety. Following the September 11th attacks, John Stephen became New Hampshire's first Coordinator of Homeland Security.

From 2003 through 2007, Stephen was Commissioner of Health and Human Services, New Hampshire's largest government agency. After leaving government service, he joined The Lucas Group, a Boston based law firm specializing in consulting work, as a partner. He has drafted reports to the Rhode Island and Illinois governors.

Stephen has authored six books on law enforcement and has taught at New Hampshire's police academy. He is also currently a visiting professor at Babson College in Massachusetts.

Married to Jenny since 1994, the Stephens have two daughters and live in Manchester. John coaches his daughters' softball and hockey leagues.


  • Detroit College of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of New Hampshire, Whittemore School of Business and Economics, B.S.
  • Trinity High School


  • President of Makin’ It Happen
  • President and Board Member of the Parish Council for Our Lady of the Cedars Church
  • past Chairman and Founder of the Fight to Educate
  • Board of Directors, the Hundred Club
  • Executive Committee of the Veterans Count Club at Easter Seals



See also: New Hampshire gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Stephen overwhelmingly won the September 14 primary, defeating Frank Emiro, Jack Kimball, and Karen Testerman.

Stephen faced John Lynch (D) and John J. Babiarz (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010. Stephen lost to Lynch. [1]

2010 New Hampshire gubernatorial general election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda John Lynch 52.70%
     Republican Party John Stephen 44.97%
     Libertarian Party John J. Babiarz 2.21%
     Other write-in 0.12%
Total Votes 456,588

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