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Joseph E. "Jeb" Bradley (born October 20, 1952) is a Republican member of the New Hampshire State Senate, having been elected in a special election on April 21, 2009. He represents his hometown of Wolfeboro, New Hampshiremarker and 16 other towns in east-central New Hampshiremarker. He was formerly a U.S. Representative for from 2003 to 2007 and also ran for that seat unsuccessfully in 2008.

Education and career prior to Congress

Bradley was born in Rumford, Mainemarker to Joanne and Joseph Edmund Bradley, Jr. After graduating from Governor Dummer Academy, he attended Tufts Universitymarker, graduating in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in sociology. He once lived in Switzerlandmarker and worked as a street magician, returning in 1981 to New Hampshire, where he later opened an organic grocery called Evergrain Natural Foods. He and his wife sold the natural foods store in 1997. He also ran a painting business, and managed real estate. He lost his seat to Carol Shea-Porter in the 2006 elections and failed to re-gain it in 2008.

New Hampshire legislature

Bradley was elected to the Wolfeboromarker Planning Board in 1986; three years later, he was named to the Budget Committee. He was a registered Democrat until 1989, when he switched to the Republican party.

Bradley won a seat in the New Hampshire House in November 1990 and was re-elected five times. In the legislature, he sponsored the Clean Power Act, which set limits on power plant emissions. He was chairman of the Science, Technology and Energy Committee, as well as the Joint Committee on Ethics.

He returned to the New Hampshire legislature in April 2009 when he won a by-election for his local State Senate seat. The seat became vacant because the newly-elected incumbent, Bill Denley, resigned the seat after being charged with drunk driving.

U.S. House of Representatives

2002 and 2004 elections

Bradley was first elected to Congress in 2002, winning the Republican nomination in a field of eight candidates,for the seat left vacant when Republican incumbent John E. Sununu ran for the Senate. He defeated Democrat Martha Fuller Clark in the general election, winning with 58% of the vote. In 2004, Bradley defeated political newcomer Justin Nadeau of Portsmouth to win a second term, receiving 63% of the vote. Bradley outspent Nadeau 3 to 1.

Bradley's chief of staff, Debra J. Vanderbeek, ran his 2004 campaign. Tom Anfinson, the financial administrator in Bradley’s government office, said that Vanderbeek was paid 100 percent of her salary until the end of May 2004, 80 percent between June and September, and 50 percent between October and early November. Bradley’s re-election committee paid her $13,561 in salary for the campaign, which she failed to report as outside income to the Clerk of the House, plus $3,317 in reimbursements for un-itemized campaign expenses.

In that 2004 campaign, two of his children, Sebastian and Noel, were paid a total of almost $27,000 in salary and expenses. Both were recent high school graduates; their jobs were described as "field coordinators".

Political positions

Members of the media, colleagues and opponents described Bradley as a moderate in the Republican Party when he was elected in 2002. However, others point to areas and positions that might complicate this label. He sided with his party by supporting the war in Iraqmarker, the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act, the prohibition of federal funding of overseas abortion, the $5 billion subsidy for the Chinese nuclear program. However, he opposed President Bush's energy bill and supported the Medicare Part D prescription drug subsidy. He has cosponsored bills to loosen regulations on embryonic stem cell research.

Bradley served on the Armed Services, Budget, Veterans' Affairs and Small Business committees.

Bradley has belonged to Christine Todd Whitman's It's My Party Too!, The Republican Main Street Partnership, The Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans For Choice and Republicans for Environmental Protection.

In 2004, Bradley said he opposed gay marriage, but was not sure he'd support amending the U.S. Constitution to bar it. Despite this, Bradley voted in favor of the 2006 "Same Sex Marriage Resolution", which would have amended the Constitution, requiring that marriage "shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman." (He also voted against gay marriage in 2009 as a New Hampshire State Senator.)

Bradley opposed an increase in the national minimum wage during his time in Congress.

Bradley, who has visited Iraq three times, has been a supporter of the Iraq War. In January 2006 he said "It is not possible to predict exactly when stability in Iraq will occur, but the progress is significant." In June 2006 he said that he did not support a specific timetable for withdrawing American troops from the country, but that he saw signs of progress that the United States would be able to leave "sooner rather than later". In August 2006 he said that Iraq needed a stable government and more security forces before the United States could set a withdrawal date. In October 2006 he said "I look at the fact that Iraq has become central to the war on terror", and "We have got to achieve stability in Iraq and prevent it from becoming a launching pad for terrorists."

He lost his seat in 2006 to an outspokenly antiwar candidate, Carol Shea-Porter. That year (and in 2008), the Democrats swept the state legislature and both U.S. House seats.

2006 re-election campaign

Bradley sought a third term in 2006. He defeated Michael Callis in the Republican primary on September 12, 2006, winning 87% of the vote. Bradley faced Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and Libertarian party candidate Dan Belforti in the November 2006 general election. In what was considered an upset, Bradley lost his bid for re-election to Shea-Porter.

Bradley and Shea-Porter met October 24 for a debate sponsored by WMUR-TVmarker and the New Hampshire Union Leader, and debated again on October 31.

2008 election campaign

In January 2007 Bradley announced his intention to reclaim his former seat. He said he'd made up his mind a few days after his loss. [64505] He lost the General Election to incumbent Carol Shea-Porter, 52%-46%.

2009 State Senate campaign

A few weeks into the new legislative session, Bradley's local State Senator, Bill Denley, resigned the seat after being charged with drunk driving for the third time. Bradley won a hard-fought special election by a landslide over Willard "Bud" Martin, who had lost to Denley in 2008.

2010 election campaign

Bradley has not announced what plans, if any, he has for the 2010 election cycle. His former Congressional aide, Frank Guinta (now the mayor of Manchestermarker), is running as a Republican for Bradley's former Congressional seat. New Hampshire will also be electing a United States Senator and Governor--- and every seat in the state legislature, including Bradley's current State Senate seat, will be up for re-election as well.


Bradley lives in Wolfeboro, NHmarker. He and his wife Barbara have four children: Jan, Ramona, Urs and Sebastian. An avid hiker, Bradley has ascended all of New Hampshire's 48 4,000-foot peaks and is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club's Four Thousand Footer Club.

Bradley has a portfolio of stocks and bonds worth over $5 million. In October 2006 he said putting his personal investments in a blind trust may be a "good idea", and that he was going to look into that option. The point became moot in January 2007, when he became a private citizen again.

Election history


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  4. Associated Press profile, accessed October 21, 2006
  5. Ken Silverstein, "Invested Interests: Analyzing Rep. Jeb Bradley's Portfolio", Harper's Magazine, August 28, 2006
  6. Rep. Bradley's biography
  7. New Hampshire election results 2004, The Washington Post, November 24, 2004
  8. Kevin Landrigan, "Following the money in N.H. races", Nashua Telegraph, August 27, 2006
  9. Joshua Zeitz, "The Long Shadow of a Sex Scandal", Mother Jones, October 16, 2006
  10. Ken Silverstein, "Inward Bound: Rep. Jeb Bradley's kids found work with their dad", Harper's Magazine, August 29, 2006
  11. Portsmouth Herald editorial, August 30, 2002
  12. Dante Scala, as quoted by New Hampshire Public Radio, November 11, 2002
  13. "NH Criticizes Gay Marriage Ruling, Union Leader, February 5, 2004
  14. Project Vote Smart
  15. Library of Congress, H. J. RES. 88
  16. Matthew Tetrault, "Dems meet, greet hopefuls", Portsmounth Herald, August 28, 2006
  17. "Backing Bush should be a liability at the polls", Concord Monitor, August 20, 2006
  18. " Rep. Jeb Bradley: Despite difficulties, we are making steady progress in Iraq", Union Leader, January 31, 2006
  19. Emily Aronson, "U.S. Rep Jeb Bradley seeks third term", Portsmounth Herald, June 13, 2006
  20. "Four Democrats vie for 1st District: Bradley could prove to be tough opponent", Concord Monitor, August 22, 2006
  21. Kevin Landrigan, "Bradley says finances not swaying his votes", Nashua Telegraph, October 10, 2006
  22. Results, State Primary, September 12, 2006, State of New Hampshire, Elections Division
  23. John Distaso, "Three debates should give NH voters an earful", Union Leader, October 21, 2006
  24. "Bradley, Shea-Porter debate Iraq, spending", Boston Globe, October 24, 2006
  25. Beverley Wang, "Candidates say other's policies are too costly", Associated Press, October 31, 2006

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