Charles F. Bass (born January 8, 1952) is a member of the United States House of Representatives for the second district of New Hampshire(map). He is a member of the United States Republican Party. His father, Perkins Bass, was a Republican congressman from New Hampshire from 1955-1963. His grandfather, Robert P. Bass, was a Republican Governor of the state from 1911 - 1912, a founder of the Progressive Republican movement, and a friend and confident of Teddy Rooseveltâ€™s.
A native and resident of Peterborough, New Hampshire, Bass graduated from Dartmouth College in 1974. During 1974 he worked for Maine congressman William Cohen and from 1975 until 1979 he worked for another Maine congressman, David Emery.
Bass was a candidate in the Republican primary for Congress in 1980, but lost. He continued in public office, serving three two-year terms as a state representative, then two two-year terms as a state senator. He was elected to Congress in 1994.
Bass is a relative liberal Republican. He is a member of Christine Todd Whitman's Its My Party Too, The Republican Main Street Partnership, The Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans For Choice and Republicans For Environmental Protection.
Bass was one of the first and most vocal Congressmen to call for Tom DeLay to step aside as Majority Leader in early 2005 and led the organized petition that resulted in his removal from House Leadership, although DeLay's campaign committee (ARMPAC) had contributed $14,233 to Bass over more than ten years.