|Joseph P. Stallcop|
|December 7, 2016—August 6, 2018|
|Birth:||May 7, 1996 |
Saratoga Springs, New York
|Education:||Keene State College|
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Joseph P. Stallcop (born May 7, 1996) is an American politician and a former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He was first elected to the chamber in 2016 as a Democrat. In May 2017, Stallcop switched his party affiliation to Libertarian. He served on the House Legislative Administration Committee and as a member of the House Libertarian Caucus led by Rep. Caleb Q. Dyer.
Joseph Stallcop was born in Saratoga Springs, New York, on May 7, 1996, to John and Julie Stallcop. When Joseph was young, his father was a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and thus their family moved several times before eventually settling in Gales Ferry, Connecticut where he was raised. He attended Saint Bernard School, a Catholic private school in Uncasville, Connecticut, from the 6th grade through high school. In 2014, Joseph moved to New Hampshire to attend Keene State College.
In June 2016, Stallcop filed to run as a Democratic candidate for the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Cheshire County's 4th district. By the end of the filing period he was the only candidate in the race on either side. On September 13, 2016, he was elected unopposed for the Democratic nomination. On November 8, 2016, without Republican or write-in opposition, Stallcop was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Switch to Libertarian Party
On May 10, 2017, Stallcop announced that he had changed his voter registration from Democrat to Libertarian. In a speech given on the steps of the New Hampshire State House, Stallcop said that Libertarian Party was a better fit for those of his views, which he described as classically liberal and civil libertarian. Stallcop also cited his experiences attending the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota. Stallcop also said he was frustrated by criticism over his vote to kill legislation to increase the minimum age of marriage to 18 years old and his vote to allow the carrying of concealed guns without a permit.
- "Joseph Stallcop – New Hampshire House of Representatives". New Hampshire House of Representatives. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/member.aspx?member=408480. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- Foley, Meghan (11 May 2017). "Keene state representative leaves Democratic party". SentinelSource.com. The Keene Sentinel. http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/keene-state-representative-leaves-democratic-party/article_669351f4-dba3-5374-9ae6-dea3bca1ae2b.html. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- "Election Results – NH House Cheshire 4". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/new-hampshire-state-house-cheshire-district-4. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- Meghan Foley (May 11, 2017). "Keene state representative leaves Democratic Party". http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/keene-state-representative-leaves-democratic-party/article_669351f4-dba3-5374-9ae6-dea3bca1ae2b.html.