|Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives|
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Charlie Bass|
|Succeeded by||Charlie Bass|
Paul William Hodes
March 21, 1951
New York City, New York, U.S.
Dartmouth College (
Boston College ( JD)
Paul William Hodes  (born March 21, 1951) is an American attorney, musician, and former U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, serving from 2007 until 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He was New Hampshire's first Jewish representative.
Hodes was an unsuccessful candidate for the Senate seat being vacated by Judd Gregg in 2010, losing to former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte. He left Congress in January 2011 and was replaced by Charles Bass. In 2011, Hodes was named as a board member of the Public Advisory Board of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.  Hodes has joined the boards of ADL, New England and the NJDC (National Jewish Democratic Council). Since 2011, Hodes has served as President of the Economic Innovation Institute, a political advocacy organization.
- 1 Early life, education and career
- 2 Arts and entertainment career
- 3 Law career
- 4 U.S. House of Representatives
- 5 Political positions
- 6 Political campaigns
- 7 Electoral history
- 8 Personal life
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Hodes was born in New York City in 1951, the son of Florence R. (née Rosenberg) and Robert Bernard Hodes. His ancestors were Jewish immigrants from Russia, Poland, and Austria.  Hodes graduated from The Collegiate School in 1968 and from Dartmouth College in 1972. At Dartmouth, Hodes majored in French and Theater. In the fall of 1971, Hodes spent a semester studying theater at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT.  In 1978, Hodes graduated from Boston College Law School.
Hodes began playing guitar at age 15. Throughout his adult life, he has been both a performer and active member of the arts and entertainment communities. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Hodes spent three years acting, writing, and working on radio shows. While in law school, he acted in the Boston Arts Group .  In the 1990s, Hodes was instrumental in the creation of the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, and previously served on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. In 2012, President Obama appointed Hodes to the National Council for the Arts which advises the Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to re-invigorating his performing career, Hodes now manages musical acts including Hawk & Dove, Black Cosmic and Larksong trio through Big Round Music, LLC.
Hodes's wife Peggo is an award-winning children's musician with whom Hodes has recorded and performed as "Paul & Peggo."  The couple won the 1996 Parent's Choice Honors Award for their album "Patchwork Quilt" and performed at the White House. 
Hodes worked as an attorney with the New Hampshire Department of Justice from 1978 until 1980. He was an Assistant Attorney General from 1980 until 1982, when he left to serve as a special prosecutor. From 1983 until 1996 he was in private practice.  He is now of Counsel to the firm of Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. in Concord, New Hampshire.
- Committee on Financial Services
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- American-Canadian Inter-Parliamentary Working Group
- President of the freshman class of 2006
- Board Member, Capitol Center for the Arts, 1990–1996, 2002–present
- Board Member, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, 1998–present
- Board Member, New Hampshire Children's Alliance, 1998–2000
- Board Chair, Capitol Center for the Arts, 1990–1996
Hodes was one of the first Democrats to demand that Representative Charlie Rangel surrender his Ways and Means chairmanship in the wake of the Ethics Committee finding that he violated House rules. 
In a rematch held on November 7, 2006, Hodes defeated Bass 53% to 46%. 
In 2008, Hodes was re-elected winning with approximately 56% of the vote.
Hodes endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary.
Hodes was chosen as the Democratic nominee for the Senate seat held by outgoing Senator Judd Gregg, who did not seek re-election. Hodes was defeated by Republican nominee Kelly Ayotte, the former New Hampshire Attorney General. Libertarian Ken Blevens and Independent Chris Booth were also on the ballot.
|2004||Congress, District 2||General||Paul Hodes||Democratic||125,280||38.17||Charles Bass||Republican||191,188||58.25||Richard Kahn||Libertarian||11,311||3.45|
|2006||Congress, District 2||General||Paul Hodes||Democratic||108,634||52.71||Charles Bass||Republican||94,012||45.61||Ken Blevens||Libertarian||3,305||1.60|
|2008||Congress, District 2||General||Paul Hodes||Democratic||188,332||56.4||Jennifer Horn||Republican||138,223||41.4||Chester LaPointe||Libertarian||7,121||2.1|
|2010||U.S. Senate||General||Paul Hodes||Democratic||166,538||36.7||Kelly Ayotte||Republican||272,703||60.1||Chris Booth||Independent||9,285||2.1|
- "Paul William Hodes (D)". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2012-07-13.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-08. Retrieved 2011-05-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title ( link)
- http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~battle/reps/hodes.htm[ permanent dead link]
- Chelsea Conaboy (December 28, 2006). "For some, the Hodes name might evoke 'ballot' before 'ballad,' but the couple is an enduring musical force]". The Concord Monitor (NH). Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
- Shawn Macomber (January 12, 2003). "Homegrown Harmony: For Peggo & Paul, music is part of the package". Foster's Sunday Citizen.. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011.
- "Singers Invited to the White House". Boston Globe. December 5, 1996.
- Paul Hodes Archived November 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Project VoteSmart
- Glenn Thrush and John Bresnahan (February 26, 2010). "Dems call for Charlie Rangel's gavel". Politico.
- Anne Saunders (November 8, 2006). "Hodes unseats Bass in New Hampshire's second congressional district". Associated Press.
- "Paul W. Hodes". National Endowment For The Arts. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Paul Hodes.|
- Paul Hodes for US Senate official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Oral history interview through the Dartmouth Vietnam Project
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district
|Party political offices|
Democratic nominee for
U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
( Class 3)
|110th||Senate: J. Gregg | J. Sununu||House: P. Hodes | C. Shea-Porter|
|111th||Senate: J. Gregg | J. Shaheen||House: P. Hodes | C. Shea-Porter|