|William M. Gardner|
|New Hampshire Secretary of State|
|1976 - Present|
|Years in position||38|
|President, National Association of Secretaries of State|
|Elections and appointments|
|Appointed by||New Hampshire Legislature|
|New Hampshire House of Representatives|
|1973 - 1976|
|Birthday||October 26, 1948|
Gardner, nicknamed "King Bill," is most well known for fighting to keep New Hampshire's presidential primary as the first in the nation. 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."
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.”
- Attended, University of New Hampshire
- Graduate Study, London School of Economics
- Graduate Study, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Graduate Study, Harvard University
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 make 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).
State House, Room 204
Concord, N.H. 03301
Phone: (603) 271-3242
Fax: (603) 271-6316
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- Concordiensis, "In Bill Gardner, New Hampshire trusts," Winter 2011 (dead link)
- LA Times, "Bill Gardner a New Hampshire institution," October 27, 2011
- Politico, "N.H.'s Bill Gardner to Nevada: Drop dead," October 12, 2011
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography" accessed November 3, 2012
- The Daily Caller, "New Hampshire Sec. of State Bill Gardner always gets his way," October 23, 2011
|New Hampshire Secretary of State
1976 - present
| Succeeded by|
|New Hampshire House of Representatives
1973 - 1976
| Succeeded by|