Rep. Chris Pappas won this open seat in 2018 that has flipped back and forth between Republicans and Democrats. He is determined to be the first Representative from the district in years to win re-election. The district is now rated “Lean Democratic,” although Republicans will work hard to claim the seat.
After graduating from Harvard College, Pappas returned to New Hampshire to help run his family’s restaurant. He was elected to the New Hampshire House at the age of 22 where he served two terms, served three terms on the state’s Executive Council, before his election to the House of Representatives. To win this House seat, he had to survive a 10-person Democratic primary. He serves on the Veterans’ Committee.
The Pappas campaign proudly proclaims that he made history in 2018 as New Hampshire’s first openly gay member of Congress.
On the Executive Council, Chris helped lead the fight to expand Medicaid to 50,000 Granite Staters. In the House, he has scored a perfect 100% on key House votes on national security issues. He has argued that “It’s long past time to bring U.S. involvement in Afghanistan to a close,” and suggests that the U.S. should use diplomacy and international institutions to confront the rise of authoritarian governments.