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US House NH District 2

New Hampshire's U.S. representative for the 2nd District represents that district's residents as federal laws are made in Congress in Washington, D.C. He or she is elected every two years for a two year term. The election takes place on the first Tuesday in November. Candidates are chosen by their respective political parties through a primary election earlier in the year. 

Who Is Represented
2012-2022

Represents the western and northern parts of New Hampshire. The district includes the state's second-largest city, Nashua, as well as the state capital, Concord.

Number of seats: 1
2022+
Number of seats: 1

2024 US House Primary

Voting Date:

Democrat
Maggie Goodlander
Maggie Goodlander  
Democrat

Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice (2022 - present); Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law and Administrative Law, UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law (2019 - 2021); Law Clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer (2017 - 2018); Law Clerk to Chief Judge Merrick Garland (2016 - 2017); Senior Advisor to Senator John McCain (2013); Speechwriter & Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Joseph Lieberman (2009 - 2012)

Maggie Goodlander is an attorney with extensive federal government experience, from working as a speech writer for the late Sen. Joe Lieberman to serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice. She is also married to Jake Sullivan, President Biden's National Security Advisor. Goodlander lives in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District, but that does not bar her from running in the 2nd District.

Colin Van Ostern
Colin Van Ostern  
Democrat

Executive Councilor (2012 - 2016); Board Director, NextGen Manchester: NH Biofabrication Cluster (2023 - 2024); President & COO, Alumni Ventures (2019 - 2023); Vice President of Workforce Solutions, Southern New Hampshire University (2017 - 2019); Chief Marketing Officer, Southern New Hampshire University’s College for America (2013 - 2017); Brand Manager, Stonyfield Farm (2011 - 2013)

Colin Van Ostern is a former executive councilor and candidate for governor. He was the first Democrat to jump into the District 2 race after Rep. Kuster said she would not seek reelection. In his campaign announcement Van Ostern emphasized the threats to democracy, called for a national law protecting reproductive rights, and promised to "always look for common ground."

Andru Volinsky  
Democrat

Executive Councilor (2016 - 2020); Attorney, Bernstein Shur

Andru Volinsky is a former executive councilor and gubernatorial candidate. He is currently fighting to reform the state's school funding system through the courts. Volinsky once had the endorsement of Bernie Sanders, and many political insiders believe he would be a strong congressional candidate. Volinsky has not said if he will run or not in 2024.

Becky Whitley
Becky Whitley  
Democrat

Senator, NH Senate (2020 - present); Disability rights lawyer; climate activist; child health policy specialist

Becky Whitley is a lawyer and a progressive leader in the state Senate. She successfully passed bills to expand legal protections for parents and young children. When she announced her campaign on Facebook she posted, "They say when you want something done right, ask a busy person. I say, ask a busy mom. That’s what I am. I’m running for Congress to cut through the chaos and actually get results for women, children, and hard-working Granite State families."

Republican
George Hansel
George Hansel  
Republican

Mayor of Keene (2020 - 2024); Vice President, Filtrine Manufacturing

Former Keene Mayor George Hansel lost the District 2 Congressional Primary in 2022, but he had the support of Governor Chris Sununu. Hansel is a more moderate candidate than many of the Republicans considering a run in 2024. He told the Keene Sentinel, "I've never been one to run for public office for a vanity project. It's really to get things done. Along with just analyzing if that's the right personal decision for me, there's some analysis that goes into it, like, 'How can I be effective? And will I be effective to represent the constituents in CD2?'"

Vikram Mansharamani
Vikram Mansharamani  
Republican

Founder & President, Kelan Advisors, LLC (2012 - present); lecturer, Harvard University (2017 - present); Board Member, Werner Enterprises (2021 - present); Board Member, Africa Opportunity Fund (2014 - 2019); lecturer, Yale University (2009 - 2017)

Vikram Mansharamani is an economist and author who ran in New Hampshire's 2022 U.S. Senate primary. His recent works include Think for Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence and Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. Mansharamani brings a unique, more moderate perspective to politics, which could help him win over voters who supported Democrat Rep. Annie Kuster - but those qualities also might make it difficult to win far-right voters in a Republican primary. Mansharamani announced his campaign in April 2024.

Lily Tang Williams
Lily Tang Williams  
Republican
Co-chair of the New Hampshire Asian American Coalition; Supervisor of the Checklist, Town of Weare; entrepreneur

Lily Tang Williams came in third in the 2022 Republican primary in District 2. A year later she announced she would run again in 2024. Williams is a native of China and a fierce critic of the Chinese Communist Party. In her campaign announcement she said, "I fear that the country I love is becoming like the country I left. That is why I am running for Congress."

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