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Dan Innis

Dan Innis

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Race: District 1, U.S. House of Representatives
Political Experience: None
Residence: Manchester
Personal: Married, three children; lives in Manchester
Education: Bachelor’s, Ohio University; MBA, Miami University (Ohio); Ph.D., Ohio State University

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The former dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire and co-owner of Portsmouth’s Ale House Inn, Innis says Congress needs fewer “career politicians” and more people who understand how business works.

“People are tired of the same old outcomes in Washington. And we’re going to keep getting the same outcomes if we keep sending the same people to D.C.…. I think you could say that I have some pretty good political experience. Universities have pretty thick politics, and I figured out how to navigate that. So I think I can learn how to navigate Washington, as well.”

Innis is the only Congressional candidate in New Hampshire who says he would consider raising the federal gas tax to shore up the Highway Trust Fund.

“I think it’s one of many options that we need to consider to bail out the trust fund. Congress bailed this thing out with pension smoothing and it just doesn’t make sense. It is literally kicking the can down the road – a pothole-filled road, I might add – but it doesn’t solve the problem. We’re going to be right back here in 10 or 11 months and have the same issue.”

Innis wants to reign in the National Security Agency and programs such as PRISM that give government the capability to collect unlimited amounts of personal data on American citizens. He wants to end “backdoor searches” in which innocent Americans are caught up in the surveillance of foreign targets, and he opposes legislation that threatens "net neutrality."

“Such legislation, whether it’s SOPA, PIPA, or CISPA, threaten Internet privacy and our civil liberties. Huge technology companies support such bills in order to prevent competition from smaller, nimbler firms. The U.S. government should not be allowed to interfere with our online activities at the request of foreign governments or big corporations. The First Amendment does not expire when we log onto the Internet.

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