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Judd Gregg

Judd Gregg
Judd Gregg In office January 4, 2005 – January 3, 2007 Preceded by Succeeded by Don Nickles Kent Conrad

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions In office January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2005 Preceded by Succeeded by Born Ted Kennedy Mike Enzi February 14, 1947 (1947-02-14) Nashua, New Hampshire Republican Kathleen MacLellan Gregg Molly Gregg Sarah Gregg Joshua Gregg Rye, New Hampshire Columbia University Boston University Politician, Attorney Congregationalist

Political party Spouse Children

United States Senator from New Hampshire Incumbent Assumed office January 5, 1993 Serving with Jeanne Shaheen Preceded by Warren Rudman

Residence Alma mater Occupation Religion

86th Governor of New Hampshire In office January 4, 1989 – January 7, 1993 Preceded by Succeeded by John H. Sununu Steve Merrill

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire’s 2nd district In office January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1989 Preceded by Succeeded by James C. Cleveland Charles Douglas III

Judd Alan Gregg (born February 14, 1947) is a former Governor of New Hampshire and current United States Senator serving as ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. He is a member of the Republican Party and was a businessman and attorney in Nashua before entering politics. Gregg was nominated for Secretary of Commerce in the Cabinet by President Barack Obama,[1] but withdrew his name on February 12, 2009.[2][3][4]

Born in Nashua, he is the son of Hugh Gregg, who was Governor from 1953 to 1955. Gregg graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1965. Gregg received his baccalaureate from Columbia University in 1969 and, from

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Boston University School of Law, a Juris Doctor in 1972 and a Master of Laws in 1975.[5]

Judd Gregg
Election Debates. Four years earlier he had played the part of Al Gore for the same purpose. On October 29, 2007, Gregg endorsed Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts, to be the Republican nominee for President of the United States. After withdrawing from his nomination to become United States Secretary of Commerce in the presidential administration of Democrat Barack Obama on February 12, 2009, Gregg said he would "probably not" seek reelection in 2010, when his term of office is set to expire.[8]

Elected office
The second elective office held by Gregg was a seat on the Executive Council of New Hampshire, a post which he held from 1978 to 1980. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1980, and was reelected in 1982, 1984 and 1986.[6] He declined to run for reelection in 1988, and ran for Governor of New Hampshire instead. He won that election and was reelected in 1990, New Hampshire being one of two states (Vermont is the other) that continues to elect its governors to two-year, rather than fouryear, terms. He served in that position until 1993.

Committee assignments
• (Ranking Member) • • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies • Subcommittee on Defense • Subcommittee on Homeland Security • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (Ranking Member) •

In 1992, Gregg decided to run for a Senate seat. He successfully defeated Democrat John Rauh, and took his seat as a United States Senator in 1993. He was reelected to a second term in 1998 after defeating George Condodemetraky, and ran for a third term. That year, 2004, he defeated campaign finance activist Doris "Granny D" Haddock, the then-94-year-old Democratic nominee, by 66% to 34%. In January 2005, Gregg was elected to chair the U.S. Senate Committee on Budget by the Senate Republican Conference. While chairman of this committee Gregg has been a steadfast supporter of lower spending.[7] Throughout his Senate career he has been highly supportive of lower taxes as well. Gregg has a moderate record on social issues. In June 2006 he joined six of his fellow Republicans in voting against the Federal Marriage Amendment. In April 2007 he was among the breakaway Republicans to support the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. However, his record on the issue of abortion is a solidly pro-life one. Gregg has voted for some gun control measures and against others. He voted against the Brady Bill, but in recent years has voted for trigger control locks on firearms and in favor of the ban on assault weapons. During the 2004 Presidential Election, Gregg stood in for John Kerry during practice sessions held by George W. Bush in preparation for the 2004 United States Presidential

Congressional Oversight Panel
On November 14, 2008 Gregg was appointed by United States Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to serve on the five-member Congressional Oversight Panel created to oversee the implementation of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. Gregg "stepped aside" on December 1 citing his Senate workload. I regret that due to the impending Senate schedule involving the potential of dealing with an extremely large stimulus package, coupled with the ongoing issues of developing fiscal policy relative to the budget and the continuing economic downturn and my responsibility for foreign operations appropriations, it has become difficult to continue service on the TARP oversight board. I have advised Senator McConnell I will need to step aside from this effort.[9][10]


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be supporting some of President Obama’s key economic priorities, it became necessary for Senator Gregg and the Obama administration to part ways. We regret that he has had a change of heart. While speaking to press afterward, Gregg acknowledged responsibility for his decision and accepted the blame for accepting and then rejecting the Commerce Secretary nomination.[19] In an interview response to the AP, Gregg was quoted as saying, "For 30 years, I’ve been my own person in charge of my own views, and I guess I hadn’t really focused on the job of working for somebody else and carrying their views, and so this is basically where it came out."[20]

Commerce Secretary nomination and withdrawal
On February 2, 2009, Politico and CNN reported that Gregg accepted President Obama’s offer to be the next United States Secretary of Commerce.[11] If Gregg had been confirmed by the Senate, he would have had to resign his Senate seat and be replaced with an appointment by Democratic Governor John Lynch. Sources from both parties confirmed that Gregg’s former chief of staff, Republican Bonnie Newman, would have been chosen to replace him.[12] The Washington Post had alleged that Gregg would not accept the appointment unless Gov. Lynch agreed to appoint a Republican to fill his seat until 2010.[13] In February 2009 many news outlets noted that Gregg had, in 1995, voted to abolish the United States Department of Commerce.[14] Although he has stated that he supports the stimulus package promoted by President Obama, he has stated that he will recuse himself from voting on the package.[15] With reports that the Obama administration would move the United States census, typically run by the Commerce Department, out of Gregg’s jurisdiction, Republican leaders urged Obama to allow Gregg to run the census or withdraw Gregg’s nomination.[16] On February 12, 2009, Gregg withdrew his name from consideration for the position of United States Commerce Secretary, citing disagreements with issues surrounding the census and the stimulus plan.[17] White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs issued a statement regarding Gregg’s withdrawal in which he accused the senator of not following through on his alleged statements of support for Obama’s economic agenda made during the vetting process:[18] Senator Gregg reached out to the President and offered his name for Secretary of Commerce. He was very clear throughout the interviewing process that despite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace, and move forward with the President’s agenda. Once it became clear after his nomination that Senator Gregg was not going to

Special interest ratings
Republicans for Environmental Protection issued Gregg an "environmental harm demerit" for sponsoring the 2006 S.C. Resolution 83, which according to REP "included only one revenue-raising instruction to Senate appropriations committees, an abuse of the congressional budget process in order to force oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge," and "would perpetuate America’s dangerous oil dependence and damage the most scenic, wildlife-rich reserve in the circumpolar north."[21] The organization also praised Gregg, together with John E. Sununu, for their work to pass the New England Wilderness act, which classified nearly 100,000 acres (400 km²) of New Hampshire and Vermont as wilderness.[22] In 2006, Gregg received a score of 43% from the nonpartisan League of Conservation Voters.[23] The University of New Hampshire renamed its Environmental Technology Building Gregg Hall, because Gregg used earmarks to secure $266 million of federal funds for research and development projects for the university. The Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute (JGMI), established in 2003, is the center of meteorological and atmospheric research at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH, which offers the only meteorology degree program in the state. The Senator was also instrumental in the establishing of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in 1999.


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The libertarian Cato Institute classifies Gregg as a "Free Trader," voting against trade barriers and trade subsidies 81% and 86% of the time, respectively.[24] In 2007, Gregg voted for the CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 (H.R. 6) and the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1639).

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Possible conflicts of interest
In February 2009, the Associated Press reported that Gregg and his family profited personally from federal earmarks steered by the senator for the redevelopment of a closed Air Force base.[25] As senator, Gregg directed $66 million in taxpayer money to redevelop the property. Building federal buildings on the land makes it more valuable by boosting development and encouraging employers to buy land there. Multiple companies owned by Gregg’s brother, Cyrus Gregg, made real estate deals on the property. Over a period of at least 9 years, Gregg personally gained hundreds of thousands of dollars from his investments in the companies. The AP also reported that in November 2008, one of the companies owned by Gregg’s family sold a $1 million condominium to his former chief of staff, J. Bonnie Newman. When Gregg approached the White House about serving as Barack Obama’s Secretary of Commerce, one of the conditions he sought was to have Newman named to fill Gregg’s senate seat. The condominium has not been built yet. Questions have been raised as to whether the sale of the condominium constitutes a "pay to play" scheme where Gregg attempted to profit financially from the appointment, or the promise of the appointment, to fill his senate seat. Gregg has denied any wrongdoing, and claimed his withdrawal for the cabinet position had nothing to do with what the White House found about his involvement with the real estate companies during the vetting process. Gregg explained his investments by saying, "I’ve throughout my entire lifetime been involved in my family’s businesses and that’s just the way our family works. We support each other and our activities."[26]

Judd Gregg as painted by Richard Whitney Gregg belongs to the Congregationalist Church. He is married to Kathleen MacLellan Gregg; the couple have two daughters, Molly and Sarah, and a son, Joshua. Gregg won more than $850,000 in 2005 after buying $20 worth of Powerball tickets at a Washington, D.C. convenience store.[27] He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

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Personal life

[1] Sidoti, Liz (February 3, 2009), "Obama names Gregg Commerce secretary", Associated Press, http://hosted.ap.org/ dynamic/stories/O/ OBAMA_COMMERCE?SITE=MITRA&SECTION=HO retrieved on 2009-02-03. [2] http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/ 02/12/breaking-gregg-withdraws-fromconsideration-for-commerce-post/ #more-39861 [3] http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/ gregg_withdrawal [4] Gregg withdraws from consideration for Commerce post

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[5] http://whorunsgov.com/Profiles/ [20] Sidoti, Liz; Espo, David (February 12, Judd_Gregg 2009), "Gregg withdraws as commerce [6] Biographical Directory of the United secretary nominee", AP, States Congress http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090212/ [7] The Creative Stubbornness of Harry Reid ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/gregg_withdrawal, - TIME retrieved on 2009-02-12. [8] ’I couldn’t be Judd Gregg’ [21] Republicans for Environmental Protection 2006 Scorecard [9] Judd Gregg (December 2, 2008). [22] ibid GREGG COMMENTS ON DEPARTURE [23] League of Conservation Voters 2006 FROM TARP OVERSIGHT PANEL. Press Scorecard release. http://gregg.senate.gov/public/ [24] Free Trade, Free Markets: Rating index.cfm?FuseAction=PressRoom.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=f864bab4-802a-23ad-416d-25e Congress Retrieved on 2009-02-14. [25] AP Exclusive: Gregg had stake in, won [10] Lawson, Brian (December 2, 2008), aid for base "Gregg comments on leaving bailout [26] Sharon Theimer (February 27, 2009), committee", Politicker, "Gregg had stake in, won aid for base", http://www.politicker.com/newAssociated Press, hampshire/14700/gregg-commentshttp://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/ leaving-bailout-committee, retrieved on article/ 2009-02-14. ALeqM5iNbrnUBpDY517FaoDzHF5oEBCRnwD96JQD [11] Rogers, David (February 2, 2009), [27] Kornblut, Anne E. (2008-02-01), "GOP’s "Obama picks Gregg for Commerce", Gregg Appears To Be Commerce Pick", Politico, http://www.politico.com/news/ Washington Post, stories/0209/18325.html, retrieved on http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/ 2009-02-03. content/article/2009/01/31/ [12] Henry, Ed; King, John (February 3, AR2009013101782.html. 2009), "GOP’s Gregg accepts commerce secretary post", CNN, http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/ 02/judd.gregg.commerce/index.html, • U.S. Senator Judd Gregg official Senate retrieved on 2009-02-03. website [13] Cillizza, Chris (January 30, 2009), "White • Biography at the Biographical Directory of House Cheat Sheet: Bantering Over the United States Congress Bipartisanship", Washington Post, • Voting record maintained by The http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/ Washington Post 2009/01/ • Campaign finance reports and data at the white_house_cheat_cheet_banter.html?hpid=topnews, Federal Election Commission retrieved on 2009-01-30. • Campaign contributions at [14] http://www.usatoday.com/news/ OpenSecrets.org washington/2009-02-03-gregg_N.htm • Biography, voting record, and interest [15] http://www.boston.com/news/nation/ group ratings at Project Vote Smart washington/articles/2009/02/07/ • Issue positions and quotes at On The gregg_declines_to_cast_any_votes_in_senate/ Issues [16] O’Keefe, Ed (2009-2-12), "Republicans • Staff salaries, trips and personal finance Continue to Hammer White House Over at LegiStorm.com Census", WashingtonPost.com, • Current Bills Sponsored at http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ StateSurge.com federal-eye/2009/02/ • Congressional profile at GovTrack.us republicans_ask_obama_to_recon.html, • Profile at SourceWatch Congresspedia retrieved on 2009-02-12. • Collected news and commentary from The [17] Gregg Withdraws as Commerce Nominee New York Times Washington Post, February 12, 2009 • Gregg as governor at New Hampshire’s [18] White House Statement on Gregg Division of Historic Resources Withdrawal [19] ’I couldn’t be Judd Gregg’

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Political offices Preceded by John H. Sununu Preceded by Edward Kennedy Preceded by Don Nickles Preceded by James C. Cleveland Governor of New Hampshire 1989 – 1993 Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee 2003 – 2005 Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee 2005 – 2007

Judd Gregg

Succeeded by Steve Merrill Succeeded by Michael Enzi Succeeded by Kent Conrad

United States House of Representatives Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Succeeded by Charles Douglas from New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional III district 1981 – 1989 United States Senator (Class 3) from New Hampshire January 3, 1993 – present
Served alongside: Robert C. Smith, John E. Sununu, Jeanne Shaheen

United States Senate Preceded by Warren Rudman Succeeded by Incumbent

• Environmental Technology building named for Senator Gregg – The New Hampshire

• Judd Gregg Meterological Institute

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