Sen. John "Jack" S. Barnes Jr., a Republican, returned to the New Hampshire Senate in November 2000 after previously serving in the body for six years from 1992 to 1998. Prior to his original election in 1992, Barnes served two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
He serves District 17 that includes Allenstown, Brentwood, Chester, Chichester, Danville, Deerfield, Epsom, Fremont, Northwood, Pittsfield and Sandown, along with his home town of Raymond.
For the 2011-2012 session, Barnes Chairs the Public and Municipal Affairs Committee. He is also the senior member on Finance. In January of 2011, Barnes was honored with the title President Pro Tem.
Now retired, Barnes is a former small-business owner who operated five McDonald's restaurant franchises. In 2011, he was recognized as Legislator of the Year by the New Hampshire Business Council for his efforts to help the state's small-business community.
Sen. Barnes is a passionate advocate for veterans' rights. He served in the U.S. Army as a corporal during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953. Following his military service, Sen. Barnes graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1956.
Jack is the state Senate's undisputed leader of Red Sox Nation. A visit to his state house office reveals walls adorned with Sox memorabilia, including a large painting of the "Splendid Splinter" himself, Ted Williams.
He and wife Frances have been married fifty-seven years. They have three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grand daughter.