Great progress is being made across the country against the COVID-19 virus, and New Hampshire is no exception. Over 1,200 of their citizens have died, but the trendline is clearly moving in the right direction, as schools are returning to in-person classes, and vaccine eligibility now includes anyone over the age of 40. On Tuesday, April 6 at 9:00am ET, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) joined Washington Post opinions columnist Karen Tumulty to discuss reopening plans for his state, while still urging New Hampshire residents to show patience.

Highlights

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was “fundamentally unfair.” “I’m a big believer you can always find a path to fixing something, to making it better, to making it more equitable.” (Washington Post Live)
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says he doesn’t agree with the timing of President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, adding that he thinks the administration should take more time to figure out where the needs are. “I’m not against doing an infrastructure bill, by any means, but let’s think of the timing here…Let's figure out where the needs are before we throw all that money at it." (Washington Post Live)
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says vaccine passports could “create a lot of problems in society.” “Let’s remember this is still an experimental vaccine. This is not a fully approved vaccine. None of these are and probably won’t be for some time. That alone tells me that we shouldn’t be mandating anything. As soon as you get into the vaccine passport, the haves and the have nots, that type of disparity you’re going to create a lot of problems in society.” (Washington Post Live)
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says the Republican and Democratic parties are defined by their principles, not by individuals. “Parties are never defined by individuals, right? Donald Trump doesn’t define the Republican Party. Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden don’t define the Democratic Party right now. Parties are really defined by their philosophies, their principles.” (Washington Post Live)

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R)

Christopher T. Sununu is the 82nd Governor of the State of New Hampshire and is currently serving his third term, winning in 2020 with more votes than any candidate in state history.

In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Sununu took unprecedented action to protect the health and safety of Granite Staters.

Just days after declaring a State of Emergency and transitioning New Hampshire schools to remote learning, Governor Sununu swiftly expanded unemployment benefits to provide financial relief to a historic number of New Hampshire residents.

He established the Emergency Health Care System Relief Fund and secured tens of millions of PPE for New Hampshire. His efforts have received national recognition.

Governor Sununu created the Governor's Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery to oversee the fair and transparent disbursement of the $1.25 billion CARES Act funds to businesses, communities, and organizations.

His accomplishments include delivering two balanced state budgets with no new taxes and establishing full day kindergarten. Additionally, Governor Sununu invested $275 million in clean water projects, established New Hampshire Care Academies allowing high school seniors to earn their Associates Degree at no cost to them or taxpayers, returned nearly $180 million to cities and towns for education aid and municipal grants, and signed job creating business tax cuts into law. Governor Sununu is a strong advocate of social and emotional learning in early childhood education and was the first Governor in the nation to release a statewide school safety plan.

In 2018, Governor Sununu announced the nationwide launch of his Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative to engage employers and empower workplaces to provide support for people recovering from substance use disorder.

Governor Sununu's leadership has garnered a number of awards including New Futures' 2017 President's Award for championing policies that improve the health and wellness of all Granite Staters and he is one of only five Governors honored by AARP with their Capitol Caregiver 2017 award. He received CASA's 2018 John McDermott Champion of Children Award, New Hampshire Humane Society's 2019 Legislator of the Year Award, Nashua Humane Society's 2019 Pets' Choice Award, Housing Action New Hampshire's Home Matters in New Hampshire Award, and Volunteer New Hampshire Community Pillar Award.

An environmental engineer, Chris worked for ten years cleaning up hazardous waste sites across the country.

In 1998, Chris completed a five-month through-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia.

Chris grew up in Salem, NH. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) with a BS in Civil/Environmental Engineering.

Governor Sununu lives in Newfields with his wife, Valerie, and their three children, Calvin, Edie, and Leo.