Chris Sununu Biography
Chris Sununu (Christopher T. Sununu) is an American Republican politician, businessman, and engineer serving as the 82nd Governor of New Hampshire since January 2017. Sununu was previously a member of the New Hampshire Executive Council, an office he held from 2011 to 2017. He also served as chief executive officer of the Waterville Valley Ski Resort in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.
Chris Sununu Age
Chris Sununu was born on November 5, 1974, in Salem, New Hampshire United States. Chris Sununu is 44 years old as of 2018.
Chris Sununu Net worth
Chris Sununu earns his income from his top industries that he invested since 2006 up-to-the time when he acquired the Senatorial seat. He has also invested in other businesses. He several Luxurious cars and house. His businesses generate high assets towards his bank account.
Chris Sununu Education
Chris Sununu attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax County, Virginia, and graduated in 1993. He then joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, BS in Civil/Environmental Engineering, and graduated in 1998.
Chris Sununu Family
Chris Sununu was born in Salem, New Hampshire, United States to Nancy (Hayes) and former Governor of New Hampshire and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu. His father’s ancestors were Lebanese and Palestinian who came to the United States around the start of the 20th century. His father was born in Havana, Cuba; however, most of the last two generations of Sununus were born in the United States. His family belonged to the Greek Orthodox Church. His mother’s ancestors include immigrants from Ireland, as well as Scotland and England.
Chris Sununu Wife | Kids
Chris Sununu is married to Valerie Sununu in 2001. He lives with his wife, Valerie, and their three children, Calvin, Edie, and Leo, in Newfields, New Hampshire United States.
Chris Sununu Engineer
Chris Sununu started engineering work from 1998 to 2006. He worked as an environmental engineer designing systems and solutions for cleaning up waste sites. He specialized in soil and groundwater remediation, wastewater treatment plants, and landfill designs.
Chris Sununu Businesses | Businessman
In 2010, he led a group of investors in the buyout of Waterville Valley Resort where he worked as a Chief Executive Officer. Waterville Valley employs over 700 people in the North Country. Sununu led an aggressive expansion effort of the ski resort in cooperation with the United States Forest Service. The resort offers downhill skiing, Nordic skiing, golf, tennis, mountain biking, a year-round ice arena and conference center services.
From 2006 to 2010, he was the owner and director of Sununu Enterprises, a family business and strategic consulting group located in Exeter, NH. He focused much of his time on local, national and international real estate development, venture technologies and business acquisitions.
Chris Sununu New Hampshire Executive Council
On December 16, 2015, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on the Intermodal Transportation (GACIT) presented the 10-Year Plan for 2017-2026 to the Governor of State New Hampshire. Executive Counselor Sununu, as a voting member of GACIT, helped develop the blueprint which “aggressively addressed financial constraint, assuming federal funding of about $160 million per year.”
In 2010, Sununu joined the other four Executive Council members in voting unanimously to release Ward Bird from his mandatory three to six-year prison sentence for threatening another person with a gun. The council voted to grant a full pardon to the Moultonborough farmer, who was convicted of brandishing a gun at a woman who trespassed on his posted property in 2008. But Lynch, who has never granted a pardon during his tenure in the Corner Office, vetoed the measure, saying the judicial system had given Bird’s case a thorough review and he would not undermine that. The council then immediately voted to commute his sentence, and Lynch let that vote stand.
Home Help NH
In 2011, The New Hampshire Executive Council worked with the New Hampshire Attorney General and Banking Department to approve and create Home Help NH. The group assists citizens placed in financial distress and, in some cases, taken advantage of by big banks during the sub-prime mortgage crisis.
In 2011, Sununu led a series of public hearings to review proposals for Managed Medicaid, a program to help New Hampshire Medicaid recipients to coordinate their health care. It also helps Medicaid recipients with chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma, obesity, and mental illness. Through this program, Medicaid recipients have wellness and prevention programs as a part of their Medicaid benefit.
In 2014, a 300-page, $292 million amendments to the state’s Medicaid program came before the Executive Council only two hours before the scheduled vote. Republicans Joseph Kenney and Sununu urged the governor and other Democrats present not to vote for a contract that had not yet been read, but lost the vote 3-2, along party lines.
Chris Sununu Elections
In the general election, Chris Sununu defeated the Democratic nominee Colin Van Ostern, by 48.8% to 46.6%. During the 2018 general election, Sununu was re-elected, defeating Democratic nominee Molly Kelly, 52.8% to 45.7%. He was endorsed by the New Hampshire Troopers Association, New Hampshire Police Association, Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 104.
In his bid re-election, he was endorsed by numerous New Hampshire news outlets, including The Portsmouth Herald, The Union Leader, The Eagle-Tribune, Nashua Telegraph, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Exeter News-Letter, Seacoast Online, and the Hampton Union.
Chris Sununu Governor New Hampshire
Sununu was sworn in as Governor for a two-year term on January 5, 2017. Sununu is currently serving his second term as Governor and was sworn in on January 3, 2019. Among his accomplishments during his first term was delivering a balanced state budget with no new taxes or fees and establishing full-day kindergarten. Additionally, Governor Sununu provided property tax relief by returning $65 million to cities and towns for roads, bridges, and safer schools, invested $275 million in clean water projects, expanded educational opportunities for students, and signed job-creating business tax cuts into law.
Governor Sununu’s leadership has garnered a number of awards including the New Futures’ 2017 Presidential Award for championing policies that improve the health and wellness of all Granite Staters. He is one of only five Governors honored by AARP with their Capitol Caregiver 2017 award and received CASA’s 2018 John McDermott Champion of Children Award.
In 2018, Governor Sununu announced the nationwide launch of his Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative to engage employers and empower workplaces to provide support for people recovering from substance use disorder. More than 40,000 employees in the Granite State work for a designated Recovery Friendly Workplace. In October of 2018, Sununu introduced the State’s new “hub and spoke model.”
The model includes nine regional hubs (located in Berlin, Concord, Dover, Hanover, Keene, Laconia, Littleton, Manchester, and Nashua) which coordinate with local “spokes” to provide addiction recovery services. Hubs receive $9 million a year in funding, stemming from $45.8 million in federal aid to combat the state’s opioid epidemic. In March of 2019, Governor Sununu announced that an additional $12 million had been allocated to New Hampshire to fight the opioid epidemic. The program also includes a new 24/7 “211” hotline, which allows Granite Staters to call and be directed to recovery services at any time.
Chris Sununu Political Issues
Sununu is a moderate Republican. He is fiscally conservative and socially liberal. He is in favor of tax cuts but takes liberal positions on some social issues. On The Issues, a non-profit and non-partisan organization which tracks politicians’ positions, considers Sununu to be a “Moderate Libertarian Conservative.”
Economic and fiscal positions
Sununu nominated 27 New Hampshire ‘opportunity zones’ to receive federal tax breaks for low-income areas. He supported tax cuts for businesses and a reduction in property taxes. Following the 2018 mid-term elections, in which Democrats regained control of the New Hampshire State Legislature, Sununu vowed to veto their proposal to create a state income tax, as well as several other new taxes and fees. Regarding health care policy, Sununu signed a bill making it easier for medical facilities to be licensed to treat veterans. He opposed the Senate’s Republican health care plan in 2017, citing that the proposal would negatively impact Medicaid and addiction recovery services in the state
In late June 2018, Sununu vetoed New Hampshire Senate Bill 446, which would have increased the size limit for net metered projects from 1 megawatt (MW) to 5 MW. The veto was supported by advocates for ratepayers and customers. The legislation had been introduced by state Sen. Kevin Avard (R-Nashua). Currently, 1 MW is the upper limit for net metering in New Hampshire. Beneficiaries under this cap are mostly homeowners and small businesses. However, according to Marc Brown, president of the New England Ratepayers Association, if the 1 MW limit was raised to 5 MW,
He supported the larger businesses and small municipalities that potentially made money, a subsidy that would cost the ratepayers in the end.” In a statement about his veto of Senate Bill 446 (and a separate bill, Senate Bill 365), he said the bills would collectively cost New Hampshire electric ratepayers (consumers) around $100 million over three years. “While I agree that expanding net metering could be a benefit to our state, Senate Bill 446 would cost ratepayers at least $5 to $10 million annually and is a handout to large-scale energy developers,” he said. “These immense projects should use incentives already available and compete on their own merits.”
On abortion, Sununu says that he is pro-choice, but opposes taxpayer funding for abortions and supports the ban on partial-birth abortion. In 2015, as a member of the New Hampshire Executive Council, he voted to defund Planned Parenthood. He had supported other contracts with Planned Parenthood. He later reversed his position and voted to restore the funding. In 2018, he said “I’m pro-choice. I support Roe v. Wade.” Regarding immigration, Sununu said he would refuse to send the National Guard to the border to enforce Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy that has resulted in family separations.
He is seen as supportive of LGBT rights; he said that he does not get involved with the state’s GOP platform issues and he was a speaker at an event for the Log Cabin Republicans, a GOP political action committee that supports same-sex marriage and other gay rights. In 2018, Sununu signed into law two bills intended to protect the rights of the LGBT community. He signed a bill prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity as well as a bill to ban ‘conversion’ therapy from being used on minors. He is opposed to legalizing marijuana.
Chris Sununu Electoral history
In 2010, Chris Sununu was elected in the Executive Council for 1st Term for he defeated incumbent Beverly Hollingworth with 53,053 to 41,875 or 55.9% to 44.1%. In 2012, Chris Sununu was re-elected again to the Executive Council for a 2nd Term where he defeated Bill Duncan with 75,856 to 55,432 or 55.2% to 40.3%, with 4.5% going to Libertarian candidate Michael Baldassarre. In 2014, Chris Sununu was re-elected to the Executive Council for a 3rd Term where he defeated Robin McLane (D) 61,601 to 38,420 or 61.6% to 38.4%.
Chris Sununu Says No To NHGOP Backing Trump in 2020 Primary
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, who just survived a massive blue handed the control of the legislature to the Democrats, has announced he opposes a proposal to have the state party openly support President Trump in the 2020 primary. A vocal group of Republicans, led by Trump supporters state Rep. Fred Doucette and Windham town selectman Bruce Breton, are promoting a rule change allowing state party officials to promote incumbent Republican presidents in the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation (FITN) primary.
“Whether it’s President Trump or President XYZ, it’s the same,” Doucette told NHJournal. “Republicans work too hard to win the White House to sit back whenever an incumbent Republican is being challenged.” Gov. Sununu does not agree. “Whether it’s a primary for the New Hampshire House or the White House, the New Hampshire State Republican Committee must remain neutral in primaries,” Gov. Sununu said in a statement released to NHJournal.
“After hard-fought primaries, the State Party is the vehicle to unite Republicans, and that is hard to accomplish if they try and tilt the scales for any candidate.” Gov. Sununu did not mention the other commonly-made argument against ending the NHGOP’s neutrality policy: The risk it might pose to New Hampshire’s precarious position at the front of the line in electoral politics. “The key argument for allowing New Hampshire to go first is that we give every candidate–well funded or not, well known or not, incumbent or not–a fair shot to make their case,
” Republican National Committeeman Steve Duprey tells NHJournal. “Requiring party leadership to remain neutral is the best evidence of this.” “In fact, if we didn’t have the neutrality rule in 2016, Donald Trump might not have won New Hampshire. At the time, many voters weren’t even sure he was serious about his race,” Duprey added.
Chris Sununu New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu is the worst.
1. He signed TWO voter suppression laws based on a lie.
During his campaign for governor, Chris Sununu knowingly lied about voter fraud, saying Massachusetts residents were flooding into New Hampshire by bus to vote illegally. Donald Trump later repeated Sununu’s claim to explain his loss to Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire in 2016.
After an investigation, the NH Attorney General found there to be no significant voter fraud of any kind, but Sununu still used the voter fraud conspiracy theory that he and Trump fabricated to justify restricting eligible New Hampshire voters’ ability to cast a ballot.
2. His biggest priority is passing a school voucher program
Sununu championed a school voucher bill that would have taken over $266 million from public schools and earned him unlimited free trips on Betsy DeVos’s yachts. Thankfully, he couldn’t gather enough Republican support in order to pass it, but it was close and he promised to make it his first priority if he gets re-elected.
3. He’s a climate change denier
In 2017, Governor Sununu said on a radio interview that he had “looked at the data very closely” said “I don’t know exactly” if carbon emissions cause climate change.
He supported President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord and refused to participate in the bipartisan US Climate Alliance with other governors. Just the worst.
4. He lied about supporting paid family leave and then killed a proposal for it
When asked during a debate while running for governor whether he supported paid family leave, Chris Sununu said “absolutely.” As governor, it was a different story.
Sununu caved under pressure from the Koch Brothers’ political organization and pledged to veto paid family leave, killing it in the Senate. He called it an “income tax” and said it was unsustainable, even though a note from his own office said the exact opposite.
5. He gave himself a $22,000 raise on his first day in office
On his first day in office, Governor Sununu gave himself a $22,000 pay raise, an 18% salary increase from his female predecessor. What could a Granite Stater buy with an extra $22,000? Find out here.
6. He supported Trump through all of his worst behavior and awful policies
Sununu was a steadfast supporter of Donald Trump during the campaign and stuck with him after the Access Hollywood tape was released. He defended Trump’s Muslim Ban and his response to the Charlottesville riot.
More consequentially, Sununu has enabled Trump at every turn while his administration has attempted to up hand the healthcare system, roll back important environmental protections, impose a religious test as a barrier to entry into the United States, shortchange important New Hampshire programs, underfund the opioid crisis, and set a terrible example of unethical and indecent leadership.
7. He visited Trump to theWhite House more than any other governor and the only thing he got from it is campaign donations for himself from Mike Pence.
Sununu has made 10 trips to Washington since he became the governor. He always returns saying “we didn’t get any assurances” on policy, but his campaign finance reports reveal why he keeps going back.
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