Jeb Bradley

Joseph E. "Jeb" Bradley (born October 20, 1952) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who currently serves in the New Hampshire Senate. He represents his hometown of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and 16 other towns in east-central New Hampshire for District 3. He was formerly a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving as the U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 1st congressional district from 2003 to 2007.[1] He was Majority Leader of the New Hampshire Senate from 2010 to 2018.

Jeb Bradley
Majority Leader of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
December 1, 2010  December 5, 2018
Preceded byMaggie Hassan
Succeeded byDan Feltes
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
from the 3rd district
Assumed office
April 21, 2009
Preceded byBill Denley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st district
In office
January 3, 2003  January 3, 2007
Preceded byJohn Sununu
Succeeded byCarol Shea-Porter
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
from Wolfeboro
In office
December 1990  December 2000
Personal details
Born (1952-10-20) October 20, 1952
Rumford, Maine, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Barbara Bradley (Divorced)
Karen McNiff (2018–present)
EducationTufts University (BA)

Early life and career

Bradley was born in Rumford, Maine to Helen Jockers Bradley and Joseph Edmund Bradley, Jr.[2] After graduating from Governor Dummer Academy, he attended Tufts University, graduating in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts[3] with a major in sociology.[4] He once lived in Switzerland and worked as a street magician, returning in 1981 to New Hampshire, where he later opened an organic grocery called Evergrain Natural Foods.[5] He and his wife sold the natural foods store in 1997. He also ran a painting business, and managed real estate.

Early political career

Bradley was elected to the Wolfeboro 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.[4]

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.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives



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 percent of the vote.[4]


In 2004, Bradley defeated political newcomer Justin Nadeau of Portsmouth[4] to win a second term, receiving 63% of the vote.[7] Bradley outspent Nadeau 3 to 1.[8]

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.[9]


Bradley sought a third term in 2006. He defeated Michael Callis in the Republican primary on September 12, 2006, winning 87% of the vote.[10] 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-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader,[11][12] and debated again on October 31.[13]


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.[14] He lost the general election to incumbent Carol Shea-Porter, 52%–46%.


Members of the media, colleagues and opponents described Bradley as a moderate in the Republican Party when he was elected in 2002.[15][16] He sided with his party by supporting the war in Iraq, 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.[17]

Bradley served on the Armed Services, Budget, Veterans' Affairs and Small Business committees.[6]

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.

Bradley voted in favor of the 2006 "Same Sex Marriage Resolution",[18] which would have amended the Constitution, requiring that marriage "shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman."[19]

Bradley opposed an increase in the national minimum wage during his time in Congress.[20]

Bradley, who has visited Iraq three times, has been a supporter of the Iraq War.[21] In January 2006 he said "It is not possible to predict exactly when stability in Iraq will occur, but the progress is significant."[22] 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".[23] In August 2006 he said that Iraq needed a stable government and more security forces before the United States could set a withdrawal date.[24] 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."[25]

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.

State Senate



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 special election over Willard "Bud" Martin, who had lost to Denley in 2008.


Bradley successfully ran for re-election as a State Senator during the 2010 election cycle. He was unopposed in the September 14 Republican state primary, and faced Democratic candidate Beverly Woods in the November 2 general election.


After the elections, in which the Republican party regained the majority in the State Senate, Bradley was appointed Senate Majority Leader.[26]

Bradley's former Congressional aide, Frank Guinta (also a former mayor of Manchester and former state representative), ran as a Republican for Bradley's old Congressional seat.[27] Bradley did not endorse his former aide in the primary. In mid-August 2010, a month before the primary, Bradley stated that Guinta should consider dropping out of the race if he was unable to explain some possible irregularities in his campaign finance reports. Guinta did not drop out of the race and was elected to Congress.[28][29]

Personal life

Bradley lives in Wolfeboro. He and his former 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.[6] Bradley has completed the GRID which is when every 4,000-foot peak in New Hampshire is ascended in every month of the year.[30] He completed the GRID on Mount Madison on January 14, 2015.[30]

Bradley has a portfolio of stocks and bonds worth over $5 million. In October 2006, he said that 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.[25]

Bradley remarried in 2018.

Electoral history

Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2002 Congress, District 1 General Jeb Bradley Republican 128,993 58 Martha Fuller Clark Democratic 85,426 38 Dan Belforti Libertarian 7387 3
2004 Congress, District 1 General Jeb Bradley Republican 204,836 63 Justin Nadeau Democratic 118,226 37
2006 Congress, District 1 General Jeb Bradley Republican 95,538 49 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 100,837 51
2008 Congress, District 1 General Jeb Bradley Republican 156,338 46 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 176,435 52 Bob Kinsbury Libertarian 8100 2


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  3. Bio Archived 2006-02-16 at the Wayback Machine
  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" Archived 2009-01-07 at the Wayback Machine, Mother Jones, October 16, 2006
  10. Results, State Primary, September 12, 2006 Archived September 27, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, State of New Hampshire, Elections Division
  11. John Distaso, "Three debates should give NH voters an earful", Union Leader, October 21, 2006
  12. "Bradley, Shea-Porter debate Iraq, spending", Boston Globe, October 24, 2006
  13. Beverley Wang, "Candidates say other's policies are too costly", Associated Press, October 31, 2006
  14. Portsmouth Herald editorial Archived 2005-12-14 at the Wayback Machine, August 30, 2002
  15. Dante Scala, as quoted by New Hampshire Public Radio, November 11, 2002
  16. "H.R. 810 (ih) - Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005". Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  17. Project Vote Smart Archived 2006-10-22 at the Wayback Machine
  18. Library of Congress, H. J. RES. 88
  19. Matthew Tetrault, "Dems meet, greet hopefuls" Archived 2007-03-12 at the Wayback Machine, Portsmounth Herald, August 28, 2006
  20. "Backing Bush should be a liability at the polls" Archived 2007-03-11 at the Wayback Machine, Concord Monitor, August 20, 2006
  21. "Rep. Jeb Bradley: Despite difficulties, we are making steady progress in Iraq" Archived 2007-03-11 at the Wayback Machine, Union Leader, January 31, 2006
  22. Emily Aronson, "U.S. Rep Jeb Bradley seeks third term" Archived 2006-06-16 at the Wayback Machine, Portsmounth Herald, June 13, 2006
  23. "Four Democrats vie for 1st District: Bradley could prove to be tough opponent" Archived 2007-03-10 at the Wayback Machine, Concord Monitor, August 22, 2006
  24. Kevin Landrigan, "Bradley says finances not swaying his votes", Nashua Telegraph, October 10, 2006
  25. Tom Fahey (December 1, 2010) NH legislators install new Republican leadership New Hampshire Union Leader
  26. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2009-03-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  29. "Jeb Bradley". Retrieved 2018-05-03.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Sununu
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Carol Shea-Porter
New Hampshire Senate
Preceded by
Maggie Hassan
Majority Leader of the New Hampshire Senate
Succeeded by
Dan Feltes
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