William Gardner

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William M. Gardner
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New Hampshire Secretary of State
Incumbent
In office
1976 - Present
Term ends
2014
Years in position 38
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
President, National Association of Secretaries of State
1998-1999
Compensation
Base salary$105,930
Elections and appointments
Appointed1976
Appointed by New Hampshire Legislature
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
New Hampshire House of Representatives
1973 - 1976
Personal
BirthdayOctober 26, 1948
Websites
Office website
William Gardner (b. October 26, 1948) is the current Democratic New Hampshire Secretary of State. He was first elected to this position by the state legislature in 1976 and has been re-elected every two years since.[1]

Gardner, nicknamed "King Bill," is most well known for fighting to keep New Hampshire's presidential primary as the first in the nation.[2] Nevada made a bid to hold theirs first in 2012, but ultimately backed down after Gardner threatened to move New Hampshire's to December 2011 or even earlier if necessary in order to comply with state law that requires New Hampshire to hold their primary at least one week prior to any "similar election."[3]

Gardner previously served as a member of the New Hampshire State Legislature from 1973 to 1976.[4]

Biography

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Famous for his continual work to keep New Hampshire's presidential primary as the first in the nation, Gardner himself prefers to stay in the background. The man who has been dubbed, "King Bill," speaks little of himself. When interviewed by The Daily Caller for a profile on him, Gardner said, “Well, I’d rather you do a story about New Hampshire and the primary — tell that story.”[5]

Education

  • Attended, University of New Hampshire
  • Graduate Study, London School of Economics
  • Graduate Study, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Graduate Study, Harvard University

Political career

Secretary of State (1976-present)

As the New Hampshire Secretary of State, he has been a strong supporter of the state's standing as the first in the nation primary status. Gardner collaborated with late former Governor Hugh Gregg in 2003 to chronicle the history and importance of the New Hampshire primary in a book called Why New Hampshire. He also made an appearance in Winning New Hampshire, a 2004 documentary highlighting the significance of this one small New England state in determining the eventual nominees of both parties.

New Hampshire House of Representatives (1973-1976)

Bill Gardner was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1973. He held the position for three years until 1976 when he was selected by the state legislature as secretary of state, a post he has retained through both Democratic and Republican assemblies ever since. In 1998, Gardner served as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).

Elections/Appointments

Gardner was first elected as New Hampshire Secretary of State by the state legislature in 1976, and has been re-elected every two years since.[1]

Contact information

Capitol Address:
State House, Room 204
Concord, N.H. 03301

New Hampshire

Phone: (603) 271-3242
Fax: (603) 271-6316
Email: Elections@sos.state.nh.us

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New Hampshire Secretary of State
1976 - present
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New Hampshire House of Representatives
1973 - 1976
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