States & Candidates

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New Hampshire 2020

Chamber Makeup

State Senate

14 Democrats

10 Republicans

State House

233 Democrats

165 Republicans

2 Independents

Opportunity Assessment

In 2018, Future Now Fund helped flip New Hampshire, where lawmakers have since been busy improving lives. But New Hampshire has a long history as a “purple” state that sits squarely in the center. With four Senate Democrats in Trump seats, it’s critical to defend hard-fought gains in this state.

The Stakes

Picking a president begins in New Hampshire—and so does setting the policy agenda for the entire country. After flipping the New Hampshire Legislature in 2018, its new majority is showing what state lawmakers can really do for everyday people.

  • Pushed for automatic voter registration—a far cry from the former majority’s efforts to restrict voting rights through voter ID laws and student disenfranchisement.
  • Advocated for fairer districts.
  • Worked to create a 21st century support system for working families that includes paid family and medical leave, a livable wage, and eliminating non-compete clauses for low-wage workers.
  • Invested in kids: expanding mental health care, bringing free breakfast to schools, and bolstering nurse home-visiting for newborns.
  • Attacked water pollution after years of the state government standing idly by.

2020 Political Landscape

  • In 2020, the entire State Senate is up for election, including four Democrats in seats that Trump won in 2016.
  • The Trump campaign has signaled it will attempt to flip the state in 2020 after it narrowly voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and both gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races could prove to be competitive.
  • In 2018:
    • Democrats won control of the State Senate by flipping four Republican-held seats, all of which were targeted by Future Now Fund.
    • Democrats also flipped control of the State House, which tends to move in the same direction as the State Senate (they have been controlled by the same party all but four years since 1992).  

Meet the candidates

  • Tom Sherman

    A physician and leader in his community, Tom Sherman has deep experience in both healthcare and in public service. In the Senate, he is working to solve New Hampshire’s most critical issues.