Shawn Jasper


Shawn Jasper
New Hampshire Commissioner of Agriculture
Assumed office
December 11, 2017
GovernorChris Sununu
Preceded byLorraine Merrill
Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
December 3, 2014 – November 28, 2017[1]
DeputyGene Chandler
Preceded byTerie Norelli
Succeeded byGene Chandler
Personal details
Born (1959-01-23) January 23, 1959 (age 62)
Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of New Hampshire

Shawn N. Jasper (born January 23, 1959) is an American politician from the state of New Hampshire. A member of the Republican Party, he serves as the New Hampshire Commissioner of Agriculture, and is the former Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Jasper graduated from Alvirne High School in Hudson, New Hampshire, in 1977. He received an associate degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire. He has served as advisor to the Alpha Gamma Rho Omega Chapter, of the University of New Hampshire since 1986. He was elected to the New Hampshire House in 1984, and served one two-year term. He was elected again in 1988, and served through 1994. He was elected to the state House again in 2002.[2] He also served for 16 years on the Hudson Board of Selectmen, but lost his bid for reelection in 2012.[3]

In the 2014 elections, Jasper was reelected to his 11th term in the New Hampshire House. Republicans retook the majority in the New Hampshire House from the Democratic Party in the 2014 election. After the election, William L. O'Brien, the former Republican Speaker of the House, ran for Speaker against Democrat Steve Shurtleff. Enough Republicans voted for Shurtleff on the first ballot that O'Brien did not receive the majority. Shurtleff then dropped out of the race, and Jasper entered. On the third ballot, Jasper received the majority of all ballots cast, defeating O'Brien with the majority of Democratic members and some Republicans voting for him.[4][5]

In October 2017, Governor Chris Sununu nominated Jasper as Commissioner of Agriculture.[6]


  1. ^ DiStaso, John (November 28, 2017). "Potentially contentious process of electing new NH House speaker to begin Tuesday". WMUR.
  2. ^ "Shawn N. Jasper, Hudson Board of Selectmen candidate". Nashua Telegraph. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  3. ^ "Hudson voters deny Jasper's selectmen's chair". Nashua Telegraph. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  4. ^ Adam Sexton (December 4, 2014). "In upset, Jasper elected speaker of NH House". wmur. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  5. ^ ALLIE MORRIS (December 3, 2014). "In marathon session, Republican Shawn Jasper edges out Bill O'Brien to be next House Speaker". Concord Monitor. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
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