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December 13, 2010

Nancy Stiles won re-election to the New Hampshire State Senate in 2010.

CONCORD, New Hampshire: The New Hampshire Senate and House members who won election on November 2 were sworn into office on December 1.[1]

Legislators will be dealing with a roughly $600 million budget deficit, which is about 15 percent of the total state budget.[2]

The new Republican House speaker, William O'Brien, said the budget will be the session's top priority.[3]

Newly chosen Senate President Peter Bragdon said that while there is a strong GOP majority, there needs to be a fairness within the chamber's procedures. "We need to respect each others' different beliefs and convictions. But when the votes have been cast, if everybody had a fair shot, that's important," Bragdon said.[1]

Democratic governor John Lynch asked agencies to reduce budget requests by 5 percent. But when those proposals arrived at the governor's office, the requests totaled to be an average increase of 15 percent.[2]

Republicans gained a significant stronghold in each chamber of the New Hampshire Legislature, as the GOP now has a super majority in the House and Senate.


New Hampshire State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 14 5
     Republican Party 10 19
Total 24 24


New Hampshire House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 216 102
     Republican Party 174 298
     Vacancy 10 -
Total 400 400


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