Two weeks beyond the filing period into the Republican campaign to find a new Congressman for New Hampshire's Second Congressional District, Jim Steiner of Concord seems to be the frontrunner among voters.
Only days after the deadline for candidates to file, Jim Steiner campaigned in several southern New Hampshire cities and towns – Salem, Nashua, Keene, Rindge, Jaffrey, Walpole and Hollis – where he received loud and enthusiastic applause. At the Salem event he appeared at with his competitors for the Republican nomination, they received subdued polite applause contrasted to a spontaneous standing ovation from members for Jim. This past week, presentations to groups of 60-80 also resulted in thundering standing ovations. Jim recently criss-crossed the central and northern parts of the state with events in Amherst, Milford, Newport, Newbury, Claremont, Concord, Holderness, Twin Mountain, Littleton, Lancaster, Berlin, Gorham, Shelburne and Groveton. He contines with events all over the district.
Jim Steiner, 52, an attorney and a family man, is a newcomer to elective politics, but he has an extensive record of public service.
Republican Governor Stephen Merrill appointed Jim Steiner to the New Hampshire State Board of Education. Democratic Governor Jeanne Shaheen appointed him to the Governor's Commission on Disabilities.
On a more local level, Jim Steiner has previously served for six years on the board of directors of the Concord Y.M.C.A. and also for 6 years on the Merrimack County Red Cross board of directors.
Currently, Jim Steiner serves on the Daniel Webster Boy Scout Council's board of directors. He has been active in "Scouting" as a Boy Scout, an Eagle Scout, a Scout Leader, and of course, on the Daniel Webster Council's board. To earn his Eagle Scout badge, Jim Steiner helped to organize and establish a "Scouting" program for handicapped youths at the Moore Center in Manchester.
Jim Steiner grew up in Manchester, one of three children of Robert and Lee Anne Steiner. His father worked for the University of New Hampshire at Manchester and later for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and his mother served as an elected State Representative and was employed at the New Hampshire Republican State Headquarters.
As a teenager, Jim delivered newspapers and worked part-time as a stock boy at the W.T. Grant Store in Bedford. In 1974, Jim Steiner graduated from Central High School in Manchester, and, within a month, he reported for duty and "Beast Barracks" as a freshman cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
U.S. Senator Tom McIntyre, a Democrat, and Congressman Louis Wyman, a Republican, both nominated Jim Steiner to West Point, and he graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor's Degree focused in Mechanical Engineering and a commission as a second lieutenant. In the ensuing decade, Jim Steiner developed new skills as an Army Ranger and as an Army Special Forces officer (Green Beret) with his home base at Fort Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts. His military service took him to the MIddle East, Central America, Europe and Scandinavia.
In 1984, Jim Steiner entered Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, in 1987, and worked for the next year as a law clerk for Chief Justice David Brock at the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
Following his clerkship for Justice Brock, Jim Steiner remained in the Concord area to practice law and operate a private law business. Today, he is a partner in the Concord firm of D'Amante, Couser, Steiner, Pellerin, P.A., and makes his home in Concord with his wife, the former Theresa "Terry" Zaskey, and their two sons and three daughters who range in age from 14 to 28. Jim has appeared on behalf of clients before the State Supreme Court and has been responsible for decisions protective of small business and the rights of property owners.