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Stephen Shurtleff

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Stephen Shurtleff
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New Hampshire State House, Merrimack 10
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2012
Years in position 11
Base salary$200/two-year term
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionSubstitute Teacher
Office website
Stephen Shurtleff (b. September 4, 1947) is a Democratic member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He has represented the Merrimack 10 and At-Large (Councilor) Districts since 2004. Shurtleff's political experiences include co-char of New Hampshire Veterans for Kerry; member of the New Hampshire Democratic State Committee and the Merrimack County Democratic Executive Committee; as well as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Shurtleff is a substitute teacher in the Merrimack School District. He retired from United States Marshal supervisory deputy for the United States Department of Justice-United States Marshals Service; he was also a sergeant in the United States Army.

Shurtleff earned an AA from the City College of Chicago.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Shurtleff has been appointed to these committees:

Shurtleff was previously a member of the following committees:



See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010 Shurtleff won 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


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

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Merrimack District 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


In 2010, a year in which Shurtleff was up for re-election, he did not collect any money in donations.[1]

Parole Bill 2010

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.[2]


Shurtleff has three children; Seth, Kristie, and Nathan.[3]

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