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Rep. Chris Pappas

Representative for New Hampshire’s 1st District

pronounced kriss // PA-puss

Pappas is the representative for New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2019. Pappas is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 43 years old.

Photo of Rep. Chris Pappas [D-NH1]


Pappas proposed $21 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2024, including:

  • $5 million to Town of Londonderry for “Londonderry, NH Exit 4A Public Water and Sewer Facility Extension”
  • $4 million to The Granite YMCA for “Greater Londonderry, NH Granite YMCA Childcare Center Building Project”
  • $4 million to City of Manchester for “City of Manchester, NH Christian Brook Sewer Separation Project”

These are earmark requests which may or may not survive the legislative process to becoming law. Most representatives from both parties requested earmarks for fiscal year 2024. Across representatives who requested earmarks, the median total amount requested for this fiscal year was $39 million.

Earmarks are federal expenditures, tax benefits, or tariff benefits requested by a legislator for a specific entity. Rather than being distributed through a formula or competitive process administered by the executive branch, earmarks may direct spending where it is most needed for the legislator's district. All earmark requests in the House of Representatives are published online for the public to review. We don’t have earmark requests for senators. The fiscal year begins on October 1 of the prior calendar year. Source: Background: Earmark Disclosure Rules in the House


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for Pappas.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Pappas is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Pappas has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Sep 19, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Chris Pappas sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Pappas was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 10 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Pappas sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (36%) Crime and Law Enforcement (18%) Health (13%) Taxation (8%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Environmental Protection (5%) International Affairs (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Pappas recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Pappas voted Yea

Pappas voted Nay

Pappas voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Pappas voted Yea

Pappas voted Nay

Passed 228/164 on Dec 4, 2020.

Pappas voted No

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Sep 2023, Pappas missed 7 of 2,353 roll call votes, which is 0.3%. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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