“Off the Record” with former US congressman Paul Hodes features politics, culture, arts and lifestyle in a free-wheeling format. Listen Fridays at 3 pm on WKXL.
A native of New York City, Hon. Paul W. Hodes served two terms as a United States Congressman from New Hampshire’s second congressional district, (2007-2011). He has combined professional careers in entertainment, law and politics from an early age.
He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1972 and worked in New York as an actor, director, producer and playwrite. He attended Boston College law School and in 1978 began his legal career in New Hampshire as an Assistant Attorney General under then-Attorney General David Souter. Prior to his congressional service, Hodes pursued the private practice of law as a trial and entertainment lawyer. He was a shareholder and director of the New Hampshire law firm, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. from 1996-2006 and is now Of Counsel to the firm.
Throughout his career, Hodes has devoted substantial time to community service and advancing the arts in New Hampshire. Hodes served as a New Hampshire State Councilor for the Arts as an appointee of then Governor, now U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen. As the first Chairman of the Board of the Capitol Center for the Arts from 1990-1996, Hodes helped to lead the Concord community’s efforts to transform a derelict vaudeville house into a premiere, award-winning performing arts institution that now serves as an important economic engine for the city.
As a Guitarist, songwriter, producer and sound engineer, he and his wife, Peggo, a singer, pioneered rock and roll for families. With their band, Peggosus and as “Peggo and Paul”, they were long time members of the State’s touring artist roster and most notably earned two Parents Choice awards for their groundbreaking family music.
Hodes was elected to Congress in 2006, and was chosen as the President of the historic 2006 freshman class. He served on the exclusive Financial Services Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government and was the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010. He is affiliated with ASCAP as a writer and publisher as manager of Big Round Music, LLC. He is a member of the Recording Academy (NARAS), of the musician’s union, the AFM, local 374. Reform.
In 2012, President Obama appointed Hodes to the National Council on the Arts, the board which advises the Chair of the National Endowment on the Arts. Hodes is President/CEO of, 102Films, inc., a startup developing VuFangle, a new interactive digital entertainment platform for streamed entertainment.
He and Peggo live in Concord, N.H. They are the parents of two artistic children, Max, an audio engineer and rock musician who lives in Oakland, California. and Ariana, a singer/songwriter who lives Nashville, Tn.