MANCHESTER – Today, Rich Ashooh announced his candidacy for New Hampshire’s First Congressional District.  Ashooh, a resident of Bedford and an executive with BAE Systems, made his decision to enter the race after an exploratory process that began in December.
“I’ve met with people throughout the First District, and the support and encouragement I’ve received has been very compelling,” said Ashooh.  “The common theme among voters is their desire for real leadership on the issues affecting their lives – unemployment, runaway spending, taxes and health care.  I will bring conservative, common sense to Washington, and restore fiscal restraint and the economic principles that will create private sector jobs.”
Ashooh, 45, stated that he will be a leader on fiscal and budget issues in Congress, focusing on reducing the national deficit and debt, and advocating for small business. He added that his budget experience in government, leadership position with the state’s largest manufacturer, national security expertise, and service in higher education will serve him well in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“The excessive spending in Washington and incomprehensible national debt have awakened voters to the reckless policies being pursued by Congressional Democrats.  If we are to overcome the enormous challenges that lie ahead, we must elect leaders who will listen to their constituents, make tough decisions, and solve problems without accruing massive debt, raising taxes, suppressing innovation, and stifling job creation.”  Ashooh continued, stating, “Before we can address issues such as improving health care, we must first get our fiscal house in order.”
“Voters are frustrated with their current representative, because their concerns have not been heard.  In my campaign, I’ll be accessible, and I will meet and hear from as many voters as possible. They will surely get to know me, and I will get to know them.”
“Having grown up in New Hampshire, I value our quality of life, and have worked to preserve and protect it.  And, once elected to Congress, I will continue to do so.”
Rich Ashooh was born and raised in Manchester and is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Bedford with his wife, Lori, and they have five children, Sofie, Emma, Elias, Maya, and Sam.


Rich Ashooh is a senior executive at BAE Systems, a global aerospace company that is New Hampshire’s largest manufacturer and one of its top private employers.  During his 15 years of service, BAE has grown to a nearly $5 billion enterprise, employing thousands of workers.   Rich’s work has contributed to the success of dozens of programs which have protected and saved the lives of countless U.S. and allied military service men and women.

Rich is a recognized leader in New Hampshire’s business community, having consistently worked to promote and maintain a business and economic climate in the state that enables job growth and prosperity.  He serves on the boards of the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, New England Council, and the National Defense Industrial Association, and has also served on the boards of the New Hampshire Industrial Research Center and a steering committee for the National Association of Manufacturers.

A leader in New Hampshire’s higher education community, he currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the University System of New Hampshire, as well as the UNH Foundation board, and also serves as a Trustee for Franklin Pierce University in Rindge. Rich is the Chairman of the Christa McAuliffe-Alan Shepard Discovery Center Commission, the region’s only air and space museum and a leading STEM center (science, technology, engineering and math), educating students and teachers alike.  

He has worked tirelessly to defend New Hampshire’s First in the Nation primary status through his long association with the New Hampshire Political Library and serves on the Easter Seals Veterans Count Advisory Board.  Rich has been privileged by his association with numerous other institutions that make New Hampshire the best state in which to live, including the Adult Learning Center, Catholic Medical Center, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and New Hampshire Public Television.   

Rich’s professional career began in the U.S. Senate, where he served for six years as a senior legislative aide to Senator Warren Rudman in his personal office and on the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.  Sharing Senator Rudman’s passion for fiscal responsibility and debt reduction, Rich became the first State Director of New Hampshire’s Concord Coalition upon his return to the state from Washington, DC taking up the fight to end the chronic deficit spending of the 1990s.

Rich has long been active in politics, and in 2004 was a delegate to the Republican National Convention, where he served on the Platform Committee.  He has participated with the non-partisan ONE campaign to reduce global poverty and disease, and was proud to co-chair the ONE-Vote ‘08 effort during the 2008 NH Presidential Primary.  He has been named to the New Hampshire Union Leader’s “Forty under 40”, and in 2009 Business New Hampshire Magazine named him one of the state’s “most powerful”.

Rich was born in Manchester and has been a life-long New Hampshire resident.  He is one of seven children born to Emile and Louise (Ganem) Ashooh.  Rich’s grandparents immigrated to America from Lebanon and became proprietors of Ashooh Brothers Farm in south Manchester.  He attended Manchester’s Catholic schools and is proud to have graduated from the University of New Hampshire.  Rich is married to the former Lori Johnson of Peterborough.  They live in Bedford where Lori is active in the school system, and they have five children:  Sofie (15), Emma (13), Elias (12), Maya (10), and Sam (8).