Paul William Hodes[1] (born March 21, 1951) is an American lawyer, musician, and former U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, serving from 2007 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party, and was New Hampshire's first Jewish representative.

Paul Hodes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byCharlie Bass
Succeeded byCharlie Bass
Personal details
Paul William Hodes

(1951-03-21) March 21, 1951 (age 72)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpousePeggo Horstmann
EducationDartmouth College (BA)
Boston College (JD)

Hodes was an unsuccessful candidate for the Senate seat being vacated by Judd Gregg in 2010, losing to former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte. He was succeeded in the House of Representatives by Charles Bass.

After leaving Congress, Hodes was named as a board member of the Public Advisory Board of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.[2] Hodes served on the boards of ADL, New England and the NJDC (National Jewish Democratic Council). In 2012, Hodes was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the US Senate to a position on the National Council on the Arts. He has subsequently worked as a green energy consultant with Shanti Energy, LLC and became Of Counsel at the law firm of Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. He also hosts radio programs on WKXL.

Early life, education and career Edit

Hodes was born in New York City in 1951, the son of Florence R. (née Rosenberg) and Robert Bernard Hodes. His ancestors were Jewish immigrants from Russia, Poland, and Austria.[3] Hodes graduated from The Collegiate School in 1968 and from Dartmouth College in 1972. At Dartmouth, Hodes majored in French and Theater. In the fall of 1971, Hodes spent a semester studying theater at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT.[4] In 1978, Hodes graduated from Boston College Law School.

Arts and entertainment career Edit

Hodes began playing guitar at age 15. Throughout his adult life, he has been both a performer and active member of the arts and entertainment communities. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Hodes spent three years acting, writing, and working on radio shows. While in law school, he acted in the Boston Arts Group .[4] In the 1990s, Hodes was instrumental in the creation of the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, and previously served on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. In 2012, President Obama appointed Hodes to the National Council for the Arts which advises the Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to re-invigorating his performing career, Hodes now manages musical acts including Hawk & Dove, Black Cosmic and Larksong trio through Big Round Music, LLC.

Hodes's wife Peggo is a children's musician with whom Hodes has recorded and performed as "Paul & Peggo."[5] The couple won the 1996 Parent's Choice Honors Award for their album "Patchwork Quilt" and performed at the White House.[6]

Law career Edit

Hodes worked as an attorney with the New Hampshire Department of Justice from 1978 until 1980. He was an Assistant Attorney General from 1980 until 1982, when he left to serve as a special prosecutor. From 1983 until 1996 he was in private practice.[7] He is now of Counsel to the firm of Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. in Concord, New Hampshire.

U.S. House of Representatives Edit

Committee assignments Edit

Other membership and leadership positions Edit

  • American-Canadian Inter-Parliamentary Working Group
  • President of the freshman class of 2006
  • Board Member, Capitol Center for the Arts, 1990–1996, 2002–present
  • Board Member, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, 1998–present
  • Board Member, New Hampshire Children's Alliance, 1998–2000
  • Board Chair, Capitol Center for the Arts, 1990–1996

Political positions Edit

In September 2008, Hodes voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, also known as "the financial bailout bill", which enacted the Troubled Asset Relief Program ("TARP").

He voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act (commonly referred to as "cap and trade"), as well as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Hodes was one of the first Democrats to demand that Representative Charlie Rangel surrender his Ways and Means chairmanship in the wake of the Ethics Committee finding that he violated House rules.[8]

Political campaigns Edit

2004 U.S. House campaign Edit

Hodes ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for United States House of Representatives in 2004 against incumbent Charles Bass in New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district.

2006 U.S. House campaign Edit

In a rematch held on November 7, 2006, Hodes defeated Bass 53% to 46%.[9]

2008 U.S. House campaign Edit

In 2008, Hodes was re-elected winning with approximately 56% of the vote.

Hodes endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary.

2010 U.S. Senate campaign Edit

Hodes was chosen as the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate seat held by outgoing Republican Senator Judd Gregg, who did not seek re-election. Hodes was defeated by Republican nominee Kelly Ayotte, the former New Hampshire Attorney General. Libertarian Ken Blevens and Independent Chris Booth were also on the ballot.

2020 New Hampshire Senate campaign Edit

Hodes ran as a Democrat for the New Hampshire Senate from the 15th district, but lost in the primary to Becky Whitley.

Post-electoral career Edit

On February 16, 2019, Hodes joined the presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Marianne Williamson as a senior campaign advisor and New Hampshire state director.[10]

Electoral history Edit

Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2004 Congress, District 2 General Paul Hodes Democratic 125,280 38.17 Charles Bass Republican 191,188 58.25 Richard Kahn Libertarian 11,311 3.45
2006 Congress, District 2 General Paul Hodes Democratic 108,634 52.71 Charles Bass Republican 94,012 45.61 Ken Blevens Libertarian 3,305 1.60
2008 Congress, District 2 General Paul Hodes Democratic 188,332 56.4 Jennifer Horn Republican 138,223 41.4 Chester LaPointe Libertarian 7,121 2.1
2010 U.S. Senate General Paul Hodes Democratic 166,538 36.7 Kelly Ayotte Republican 272,703 60.1 Chris Booth Independent 9,285 2.1

Personal life Edit

Hodes and his wife Peggo live in Concord, New Hampshire. They have two children, Max and Ariana.[11]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Paul William Hodes (D)". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2012-07-13.
  2. ^ "Former U.S. Congressman Paul Hodes Joins NHIOP Public Advisory Board : Saint Anselm College". Archived from the original on 2016-12-08. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
  3. ^ "Hodes". Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  4. ^ a b Chelsea Conaboy (December 28, 2006). "For some, the Hodes name might evoke 'ballot' before 'ballad,' but the couple is an enduring musical force]". The Concord Monitor (NH). Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  5. ^ Shawn Macomber (January 12, 2003). "Homegrown Harmony: For Peggo & Paul, music is part of the package". Foster's Sunday Citizen. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011.
  6. ^ "Singers Invited to the White House". Boston Globe. December 5, 1996.
  7. ^ Paul Hodes Archived November 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Project VoteSmart
  8. ^ Glenn Thrush and John Bresnahan (February 26, 2010). "Dems call for Charlie Rangel's gavel". Politico.
  9. ^ Anne Saunders (November 8, 2006). "Hodes unseats Bass in New Hampshire's second congressional district". Associated Press.
  10. ^ DiStaso, John [@jdistaso] (February 16, 2019). "JUST IN to @WMUR9 - Democratic presidential candidate @marwilliamson lands top NH campaign advisor - Former US Rep. @PaulHodes signs on as Senior Campaign Advisor & NH State Director. They have a busy #fitn schedule on tap. #nhpolitics #WMUR" (Tweet). Retrieved March 1, 2019 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "Paul W. Hodes". National Endowment For The Arts. Retrieved December 18, 2013.

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