Steve Negron

Steve Negron is a politician from Nashua, New Hampshire who served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He was twice Republican Nominee for the United States Congress in New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district in 2018 and 2020 but lost the election to Democrat incumbent Ann Kuster.

Steve Negron
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Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
from the Hillsborough 32nd district
In office
December 7, 2016 – December 7, 2018
Preceded byBarry Palmer
Succeeded byMichael Pedersen
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Terry Negron
EducationTexas Christian University (BS)
Western New England University (MBA)
WebsiteCampaign website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
Years of service1983–1998
RankUS Air Force O4 shoulderboard rotated.svg Major

Early lifeEdit

Negron received his Bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Texas Christian University in 1983.[1] Later, he received his Masters in Business Administration from Western New England College.[1]

Negron served in the United States Air Force for fifteen years, joining shortly after college and serving until 1998.[1] While in the U.S. Air Force, he worked as an intercontinental ballistic missile combat crew member in Missouri and at Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At the time of his retirement in 1998 he was the director of requirements with the Air Force Space Command.[2]

After retiring from the military, Negron worked for defense contractors, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics before founding his own contracting firm Integron LLC in 2005.[1]

PoliticsEdit

He was first elected as a Republican to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in November 2016 to represent District Hillsborough 32 for a two year term. He came in third in the three-member district with 2,346 votes equal to 17.13% of the popular vote.[3][4][5] Upon his election, he was named to the Election Law Committee in the legislature.[4] in 2016 he hosted a house party for Carly Fiorina and was endorsed by her top supporters.[6] Since being elected to the State legislature, Negron has not sponsored any legislation.[7] According to other sources, he has served as a cosponsor on other pieces of legislation, but these bills were largely vetoed or died in committee. The one successful piece of legislation sponsored by Negron involved removing the limitation on a charter schools incurring long term debt.[8]*^a

Congressional runEdit

Mid-way into his first term in the state legislature, Negron announced a 2018 run as a Republican candidate for Congress in New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district.[9][10][11] As of February 8, 2018, Negron was one of five remaining Republican candidates vying for their party's nomination.

Election Notes

The congressional election proved to be barrier breaking for the republicans as Steve Negron propelled the most party activity in an off year election by earning 117,990 votes against Democrat Rep. Ann Kuster in 2018. The next closest vote earned in a similar election was 2002, Republican Rep. Charlie Bass garnering 103,189 votes as an incumbent.

Fundraising Notes

The Negron grassroots campaign raised just over $12,000 in campaign funds, but Steve Negron loaned his campaign an additional $130,000.[12] As of 16 October 2017 He had given his campaign $21,000 and loaned it an additional $95,000.[13]

In 2020, Negron gained the Republican nomination and in a rematch ran against Democrat Rep. Ann McLane Kuster.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Negron lives in Nashua with his wife Theresa (Terry).[2] They have three children.[1] He remains active in the community as well as his local Catholic Church.[1] He is of Mexican and Puerto Rican ancestries.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart.
  2. ^ a b James-Poole, Diane. "Integron, LLC". www.integron.net.
  3. ^ "Steve Negron - Ballotpedia". ballotpedia.org.
  4. ^ a b "member". www.gencourt.state.nh.us.
  5. ^ "State Rep. Steve Negron Files to Run for Congress". US News & World Report. October 16, 2017.
  6. ^ https://www.wmur.com/article/nh-primary-source-veteran-gop-activists-david-lauren-carney-endorse-negron-for-us-house/21567203
  7. ^ "House of Representatives". www.gencourt.state.nh.us.
  8. ^ "Bill_Status". gencourt.state.nh.us.
  9. ^ Paul Steinhauser (February 10, 2018). "Hopkinton hops out front with early straw poll in 2nd Congressional District". Concord Monitor.
  10. ^ John DiStaso (February 1, 2018). "NH Primary Source: 'Military Families for Negron' co-chairs named". WMUR Chanel 9.
  11. ^ NHPR staff (October 15, 2017). "Nashua Rep. Steve Negron Launches Congressional Campaign". New Hampshire Public Radio.
  12. ^ Paul Steinhauser (February 8, 2018). "Jabs over fundraising as N.H. congressional races heat up". Concord Monitor.
  13. ^ John DiStasso (October 16, 2017). "Republican Negron invests $116K of own money into 2nd Congressional District campaign". WMUR9.
  14. ^ Rooney, Jack. "Negron wins NH-2 Republican primary, setting up rematch with Kuster". Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  • ^a The information here is disputed. The website of the New Hampshire House of Representatives lists no legislation sponsored by Negron, while the website Bill Track 50 mentions at least four pieces of legislation. However, links from Bill Track 50 lead back to the New Hampshire House of Representatives website, which does not list Negron as a sponsor or cosponsor on the legislation in question.