ENG: Frank Guinta (born September 26, 1970) is a former U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 1st congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously served as the mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire, an alderman, a state representative and a congressional aide. On November 6th, 2012, Guinta lost the election to former Representative Carol Shea-Porter. He left the House of Representatives in January 2013.
Early life, education, and business career
Guinta, the son of Richard and Virginia Guinta, was born in Edison, New Jersey in 1970.
After their marriage, the couple moved to Boston, where Guinta worked for Travelers Insurance and other entities in the insurance industry. He also began his own insurance consulting firm. He then attended Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property.
Guinta has also served on several non-profit boards of directors, including Neighbor Works, Intown Manchester, Helping Hands, and the SEE Science Center.
He graduated from the Canterbury School, a Catholic boarding school in New Milford, Connecticut, and Assumption College, a four-year liberal arts college in Worcester, Massachusetts (where he met his wife, Morgan).
Early political career
On November 7, 2000, Guinta was elected to a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Manchester. He was re-elected November 5, 2002, to the same seat. On November 6, 2001, Guinta was elected Alderman representing Manchester’s Ward 3 and was re-elected to that office on November 4, 2003. In 2004, he resigned his House seat to take a position as senior policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Jeb Bradley, a job which he held until March, 2005, when he left to run for mayor of Manchester on a full-time basis.
Mayor of Manchester
Guinta defeated three-term Democratic incumbent mayor Robert A. Baines in the November 8, 2005 election, becoming Manchester's youngest mayor in over 100 years. He ran on a platform of improving education, increasing public safety and security, revitalizing Manchester’s neighborhoods, promoting fiscal responsibility, and reducing property tax rates. He was inaugurated on January 3, 2006.
During Guinta's first term as mayor, the city raised the complement of Manchester's police force by 22 officers to 225 and added a police substation on Manchester's west side. Guinta also tackled violence at local nightclubs. In 2006, at the urging of Guinta, neighbors, and other city officials concerned about violent crime, the state Liquor Commission refused to renew the liquor licenses for clubs Omega, Envy and Fish, resulting in their closure. Guinta emphasized community policing and cooperation between law enforcement and the community. With regards to taxes and spending, Guinta takes credit for Manchester's first tax cut in a decade.
Guinta was elected to a second term as mayor on November 6, 2007, defeating Democrat Thomas Donovan, a former school board member.
Guinta received the backing of the New Hampshire Union Leader during his re-election bid. The paper's editorial board praised Guinta as "a tax-cutting crime fighter...[who] has pushed bureaucratic reform and improved services."
In June 2009, Mayor Guinta announced his plan to lower property taxes by reducing school funding by 7 million dollars. Guinta explained his budget by telling WMUR-TV, "We've got to find ways to be more effective, more efficient so we can keep money in taxpayers' and property owners' pockets."
The Manchester mayoral election of 2009 determined his successor, Alderman and State Senator Ted Gatsas.
U.S. House of Representatives - Elections - 2010
Guinta's Democratic opponent, incumbent Carol Shea-Porter, had represented New Hampshire's 1st congressional district for two terms. The race received national attention because some analysts had rated it as one of the best chances for a Republican pick-up in New England in 2010.
In April 2009, Guinta announced that he would run for higher office rather than for a third term as mayor.
In May 2009, he filed papers and announced his candidacy for the House. On September 14, 2010, he won the Republican primary election.
In October 2010, the New Hampshire Democratic Party filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission and the Clerk of the House concerning $355,000 Guinta loaned to his own campaign from a bank account that had not been disclosed in any previous financial statements, including those filed during his time as mayor of Manchester. The issue was first raised by Guinta's fellow Republicans during the Republican primary. Guinta dismissed speculation that the money represented an illegal campaign donation, stating that the money came from his own earnings and savings but refusing to make public the related bank statements. On December 15, 2011, the general counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct informed Guinta that the committee reviewed his candidate financial disclosure reports “and subsequent amendments thereto, and have determined that they are in substantial compliance” with federal ethics law.
On November 2, 2010, Guinta defeated incumbent Shea-Porter by a margin of 54%-42%.
Guinta won the 2012 primary election handily, obtaining 84.3% of the vote against Republican challengers Rick Parent and Vern Clough. Shea-Porter was nominated again by the Democrats to retake the seat, and Brendan Kelly will run on the Libertarian Party ticket.
In the 112th United States Congress (2011-2012), Guinta's Republicans were the majority party in the House, while Democrats controlled the Senate. Guinta voted with his party on a variety of legislation that did not advance in the Senate, including:
- Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") that the preceding Congress enacted.
- The Republican budgets associated with Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, such as the 2011 plan called "The Path to Prosperity" and its 2012 successor.
- The Cut, Cap and Balance Act, which included a balanced-budget Constitutional amendment.
- Legislation that Republicans describe as "close to 30 jobs bills."
Guinta organized multiple job fairs in New Hampshire. One such fair, on November 10, 2011 at Manchester Community College, was oriented toward unemployed veterans; it assembled representatives from 40 employers to discuss employment opportunities, and representatives from one dozen organizations to explain services available to veterans.
Guinta received the Champion of Healthcare Innovation Award from the Healthcare Leadership Council for his work on health-care issues, and the 60 Plus Association Award and the 2011 Standing Up for America’s Seniors Award for his positions on Social Security and Medicare.
The Standing up for America's Seniors Award was made by the RetireSafe.org, which is a project sponsored by the Council for Government Reform, a group (formerly called the National Center for Privatization) that advocates for the privatization of government services. The group has links to the pharmaceutical industry via DCI Group LLC, a lobbying and public relations firms linked to the Republican Party. In 2004, RetireSafe.org was used as a front to lobby for the extension of Medicare drug benefits.
The non-partisan but ideologically liberal group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington includes Guinta on its list of "Most Corrupt Members of Congress," based on the 2009 campaign-finance irregularity.
The CREDO Super-PAC, a political action committee created and funded by the San Francisco-based mobile phone company CREDO Mobile, has targeted Guinta as part of its “Take Down the Tea Party Ten” campaign for 2012. On July 22, 2012, CREDO activists, joined by Occupy movement members, staged a protest at Manchester's Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, where Guinta was holding a fund-raiser.
January 23, 2013