D | NH-01

Chris Pappas

Incumbent

A leader with deep roots in New Hampshire

Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) emerged as a promising young leader in New Hampshire, winning this open swing seat for Democrats in 2018. The first openly gay person to represent New Hampshire in Congress, Pappas previously served on the New Hampshire Executive Council and as a State Representative. He was the 4th-generation co-owner of the Puritan Backroom, his family’s small business in New Hampshire.

A campaign finance reform champion

Pappas does not accept corporate PAC donations, and has been a vocal leader on campaign finance reform in Congress. An original co-sponsor of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, Pappas held an in-district community roundtable to discuss corruption and money-in-politics reforms as the legislation progressed through the House.

A critical re-election campaign

NH-01 is a notoriously competitive House seat with a large number of voters identifying as independent. The district was won by President Obama in both the ‘08 and ’12 election cycles, and later won by Trump in 2016. Prior to 2018, the congressional seat was flipped in five of the previous six elections. ECU was proud to be an early supporter of Pappas in 2018, and is committed to prioritizing his re-election.


Reformer at Risk?

No Corporate PAC?