Griffin Poutre was born in Lewiston, Maine on March 5, 1997, to two loving parents, Tim & Wendy. His mother is also from Lewiston, and his father hails from Northeast Vermont. Both sides of his family have French Canadian roots. Griffin grew up in Stratham, New Hampshire and is proud to call the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire home. He attended Exeter High School in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he was elected President of his class during his Junior year. In this role, Griffin oversaw fundraising and the procurement of donations for his class’ activities, including Junior Prom. He saw great success in reaching out to the community and local businesses for support, which helped save large amounts of money. Griffin was also active in Track & Field and the EHS Swimming & Diving team, the latter of which won its first ever state title in 2013 (during Griffin’s Sophomore year). He graduated in 2015. Griffin is now a Senior at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, where he studies Political Science.
In his spare time, Griffin enjoys hiking, reading history books, and writing. He enjoys learning about the history of politics and power, from the Code of Hammurabi up to the present day. He is also quite interested in military strategy and how wars are won and lost, because many of the same principles can also be applied to modern campaign strategy. Griffin regards Hannibal Barca as one of the greatest strategic and logistical minds to ever walk the Earth.
Throughout his life, Griffin has been very involved and invested in the U.S. political system, first gaining noteworthy experience in 2014 when he interned for the New Hampshire Republican State Committee and former U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA). Brown was making a run for Jeanne Shaheen’s Senate seat in New Hampshire, but he lost the closely fought race. Griffin has also worked for Young Americans for Liberty and has lent his hand volunteering for Rand Paul’s Presidential campaign in New Hampshire and Andy Sanborn’s congressional campaign in New Hampshire’s First Congressional District. Recently, Griffin completed an internship with Eric Brakey’s campaign for Congress in Maine’s Second District, where he gained experience reaching out to rural voters, who are frequently ignored by political campaigns. Through these jobs and volunteer activities, Griffin gained a large amount of experience in canvassing, coalition building, retail politics, voter contact and get-out-the-vote efforts. Griffin also has some limited experience in fundraising and list building.
Griffin’s passion for politics stems from his commitment to his community, his state, and his country. From his perspective, his community is what made him what he is today, and involvement in public affairs is a great way to give back to the community that raised him up. Griffin strongly believes in civic engagement and responsible stewardship of one’s country.