Shawn Sweeney

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Shawn Sweeney
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New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 23
In office
December 5, 2012 - present
Term ends
December 3, 2014
Years in position 3
Base salary$200/two-year term
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sDaniel Webster College, 1998
J.D.University of New Hampshire, School of Law, 2001
Office website
Shawn Sweeney is a Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Hillsborough 23. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Sweeney earned his B.S. in Organizational Management from Daniel Webster College in 1998, and his J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2001. His professional experience includes working as an Assistant County Attorney and in his own private practice. He was admitted to the New Hampshire State Bar in 2001.[1]

Committee assignments


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

New Hampshire Committee Assignments, 2013
Executive Departments and Administration


Campaign themes


In an electronic communication with Ballotpedia, Sweeney described his political philosophy:[1]

"I have and will continue to spend my adult life protecting the rights and freedom of our citizens from the military to the law.

I believe that government has a crucial, but limited, role that should not extend to the micro-management of the daily lives of its citizens. That philosophy extends to education which is best stewarded by the people who care the most about the children effected by it. Local control enhances education and parental control enhances it even more.

Clear predictable laws, a well educated work force, and a low tax burden, are the foundations of New Hampshire's business advantage.

Government fees are taxes. Lately every state agency seems to have developed its own tax base. This trend must be reigned in.

Government tends to grow if nobody is paying attention. Government growth, by necessity, requires ever increasing funding and interferes increasingly in the lives of its citizens in order to justify its growth.

The safety and security of the citizens of New Hampshire is of paramount importance. Horrific and violent crimes are becoming far too familiar to the residents of Milford and the surrounding towns. We have lost far too many of our young people here in town tragically. We must focus on the cause of these events and make concrete changes to preserve the safety and security of our town and protect our children.

Preservation of our natural resources is simply self-preservation. From both a physical health and economic health perspective we need to be good stewards of our environment. This is a rare exception to the rule of market forces being the most effective method of finding the best result. Government must take a leading role in environmental stewardship.


Election history


See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sweeney won election in the 2012 election for New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 23. Sweeney advanced past the September 11 primary and won election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 23, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Willette Incumbent 15.1% 3,789
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRuth Heden 13.3% 3,326
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngShawn Sweeney 12.7% 3,187
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Palmer Incumbent 12.4% 3,099
     Republican Andrew Seale 12.2% 3,048
     Democratic Andy Hughes 12% 2,997
     Democratic Roger Tilton 11.4% 2,845
     Democratic Herb Salmon 11% 2,748
Total Votes 25,039
New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 23 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Willette Incumbent 27.1% 876
Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Palmer Incumbent 21.6% 698
Green check mark transparent.pngShawn Sweeney 19.5% 629
Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Seale 18.4% 594
Conrad Koch, Jr. 13.4% 433
Total Votes 3,230

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