John E. Sununu

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John Sununu previously served as a Senator for New Hampshire

John Edward Sununu, a Republican, is a former U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, having served 2003 to 2009. He was defeated by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Sununu voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Oil record

John E. Sununu has voted in favor of big oil companies on 75% of important oil-related bills, according to Oil Change International. These bills include Iraq War funding, climate change studies, clean energy, and oil import reductions.[2] See below for oil money in politics.

AG Gonzales

Sen. Sununu became the first Republican lawmaker to publicly state that Alberto Gonzales should be removed. He said, "The president should fire the attorney general and replace him as soon as possible with someone who can provide strong, aggressive leadership". [1]

Michael Mukasey nomination

Sen. John E. Sununu voted FOR the confirmation Bush appointee Michael Mukasey as Attorney General of the U.S. on Nov. 8, 2007. Six Democrats and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) joined most Republicans in the 53-40 vote confirming Mukasey. No Republicans voted against him. [2] Mukasey's nomination was surrounded by controversy after he called waterboarding "repugnant" but refused to say whether it was illegal under anti-torture laws.

Main article: Michael Mukasey



John Sununu (born September 10, 1964) is the son of former New Hampshire governor and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu. Born in Boston, John E. Sununu earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1991. After graduating, he worked in the high-tech industry, at one time for the company of Segway inventor Dean Kamen.

Senate career

First elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1996, he was reelected twice before winning a United States Senate seat from New Hampshire in 2002. Sununu first defeated a Republican incumbent (Bob Smith) in the primary and then Governor (Jeanne Shaheen) in the general election. At age 38, he was at that time the youngest member of the Senate.

Positions and views

While a conservative Republican, Sununu has taken some positions contrary to the Bush administration and the Republican leadership. He voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment and has voted to require child safety locks with the transfer of handguns. He opposes restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, and was one of only two Republicans to vote in favor of terminating funds for TV Marti, which broadcasts anti-Castro programming in Cuba. He was one of a small group of Republicans to vote in favor of banning loans to China for any nuclear projects, and in September of 2005 he voted to disapprove a new rule set in place by the Administrator of the EPA delisting coal and other energy sources from the Clean Air Act.

He also has become well known as one of the 5 Republican Senators who opposes the Patriot Act and voted against the cloture (ending) of the Democratic Filibuster against it. This caused the Republicans to have to extend the Bill a month in order to not let it end in January without being renewed.

In January 2006, at a hearing in front of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on the Broadcast Flag, he was one of the very few present to criticize the legislation. He stated:

  • "In all cases [of previous technological advancements in the US], we didn't need to step in with a significant statutory government-regulated mandate on technology that consumers use to enjoy this material,"
  • "I don't know of a case where we were discussing such a dramatic step where the federal government will legislatively mandate a specific type of technology to be incorporated in all of this material. Maybe the sky really is falling this time, but I think it is worth suggesting a little bit of skepticism, it's worth offering up a little doubt before we not just entertain this, but jump ahead to what exemptions were required."
  • "The very technologies that some seem to be afraid of are driving innovation, and driving creativity as we sit here today. In fact, we have an unprecedented wave of creativity and product development and content development... I think the history of government mandates... is that it always, always restricts innovation. Why would we think this one special time... it will actually encourage innovation?"[3]

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for John E. Sununu
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Oil money in politics

John E. Sununu has received $104,600 in oil contributions during the 110th congress. $76,000 of those dollars were from industry PACS.[3] In total, Sununu has accepted $239,180 from oil companies since 2000, which makes him one of the top recipients of oil money in the United States Senate.[4] See above for oil and energy voting record.

Committees and affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and caucuses

  • Republican Policy Committee

Boards and other affiliations

Wikipedia also has an article on John E. Sununu. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Vote Tracker
  3. Follow the Oil Money
  4. Vote Tracker
  5. Project Vote Smart's Founding & Executive Board Member, Project Vote Smart, accessed November 12, 2008.
  6. National Advisory Board, Arab American National Museum, accessed December 5, 2008.


Local blogs and discussion sites


Articles and presentations by Sununu

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