New Hampshire House of Representatives

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New Hampshire House of Representatives

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2014 session start:   January 8, 2014
Website:   Official House Page
Leadership
House Speaker:  Terie Norelli (D)
Majority Leader:   Stephen Shurtleff (D)
Minority leader:   Gene Chandler (R)
Structure
Members:  400
   Vacancy (14)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Part Second, New Hampshire Constitution
Salary:   $200/two-year term
Elections
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (400 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (400 seats)
Redistricting:  Legislature has control
The New Hampshire House of Representatives is the lower house for the New Hampshire General Court. The House of Representatives consists of 400 members coming from 204 districts, making it the largest lower house in the nation, and the third largest parliamentary body in the world.[1] Each member represents an average of 3,291 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 3,089 residents.[3] Each House Member is paid $200 per two-year term, as stipulated by the New Hampshire Constitution. House members also receive mileage reimbursement for officially related travel.[4]

As of September 2014, New Hampshire is one of 14 states that is under divided government and is therefore not one of the state government trifectas.

See also: New Hampshire State Legislature, New Hampshire State Senate, New Hampshire Governor

Sessions

The Second Part of the New Hampshire Constitution establishes when the New Hampshire General Court, of which the House is a part, is to be in session. Article 3 of the Second Part states that the General Court is to convene annually on the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday in January. Additionally, in even-numbered years, the General Court is to meet on the first Wednesday of December for organizational purposes.

2014

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the General Court was in session from January 8 through June 13.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included capital punishment, a proposed casino, raising fuel taxes for road improvement, Medicaid expansion, and a return of the state minimum wage.[5][6][7]

2013

See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the General Court was in session from January 2 to July 1.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2013 legislative session included the state's budget deficit, education funding, state pensions, and abortion.[8]

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was in session from January 4 through June 27.

Major issues

Major issues on the agenda included economic development, job creation, same-sex marriage, and gambling.[9]

2011

In 2011, the House was in session from January 5 through July 1.[10]

2010

In 2010, the House was in session from January 6 to July 1.[11]

Role in state budget

See also: New Hampshire state budget

The state operates on a biennial budget cycle. The sequence of key events in the budget process is as follows:[12][13]

  1. Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies in August.
  2. State agencies submit their requests by October 1.
  3. Agency hearings and public hearings are held in November.
  4. The governor submits his or her proposed budget to the New Hampshire State Legislature by February 15.
  5. The legislature adopts a budget in May. A simple majority is required to pass a budget.
  6. The biennial budget cycle begins in July.

New Hampshire is one of only six states in which the governor cannot exercise line item veto authority.[13]

In New Hampshire, the governor is required by statute to submit a balanced budget. However, the legislature is not required by law to pass a balanced budget.[13]

Cost-benefit analyses

See also: Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative Cost-Benefit Study
Map showing results of the Pew-MacArthur cost-benefit study.

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative released a report in July 2013 which indicated that cost-benefit analysis in policymaking led to more effective uses of public funds. Looking at data from 2008 through 2011, the study's authors found that some states were more likely to use cost-benefit analysis while others were facing challenges and lagging behind the rest of the nation. Among the challenges states faced were a lack of time, money and technical skills needed to conduct comprehensive cost-benefit analyses. New Hampshire was one of 29 states with mixed results regarding the frequency and effectiveness in its use of cost-benefit analysis.[14]

Ethics and transparency

Following the Money report

See also: Following the Money 2014 Report

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer-focused nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., released its annual report on state transparency websites in April 2014. The report, entitled "Following the Money," measured how transparent and accountable state websites are with regard to state government spending.[15] According to the report, New Hampshire received a grade of C+ and a numerical score of 75, indicating that New Hampshire was "middling" in terms of transparency regarding state spending.[15]

Open States Transparency

See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. New Hampshire was given a grade of A in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data is to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A -- Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[16]

Elections

2014

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New Hampshire House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 13, 2014.

2012

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of New Hampshire House of Representatives were held in New Hampshire on November 6, 2012. All 400 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 15, 2012. Additionally, nomination papers must be filed by September 5, 2012.[17]

This chamber was mentioned in a November 2012 Pew Center on the States article that addressed supermajorities at stake in the 2012 election. Supermajority generally means a party controls two-thirds of all seats. While it varies from state to state, being in this position gives a party much greater power. Going into the election, Republicans in the New Hampshire House currently have a supermajority, which Democrats are seeking to cut into.[18]

2010

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of New Hampshire's state house representatives were held in New Hampshire on November 2, 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 11, 2010. The primary Election Day was September 14, 2010.

In 2010, the candidates for state house raised a total of $489,484 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[19]

2008

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2008

Elections for the office of New Hampshire House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 9, 2008, and a general election on November 4, 2008.

During the 2008 election, the total value of contributions to House candidates was $468,987. The top 10 contributors were:[20]

2006

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2006

Elections for the office of New Hampshire House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 12, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006.

During the 2006 election, the total value of contributions to House candidates was $528,066. The top 10 contributors were:[21]

2004

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2004

Elections for the office of New Hampshire House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 14, 2004, and a general election on November 2, 2004.

During the 2004 election, the total value of contributions to House candidates was $403,625. The top 10 contributors were:[22]

2002

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2002

Elections for the office of New Hampshire House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 10, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002.

During the 2002 election, the total value of contributions to House candidates was $379,737. The top 10 contributors were:[23]

Qualifications

Article 14 of Part 2 of the New Hampshire Constitution states, "Every member of the house of representatives shall be chosen by ballot; and, for two years, at least, next preceding his election shall have been an inhabitant of this state; shall be, at the time of his election, an inhabitant of the town, ward, place, or district he may be chosen to represent and shall cease to represent such town, ward, place, or district immediately on his ceasing to be qualified as aforesaid."

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. It's up to the Governor to call for an election and to set an election date as soon as possible. There are no deadlines set by the state constitution on special elections.[24][25]

Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in New Hampshire

Redistricting in New Hampshire is handled by the General Court, with the Governor wielding veto power.

2010 census

New Hampshire received its local Census data on March 22, 2011. The state's population increased 6.5 percent, with Coos County being the only county to face a decrease (-0.2 percent). Growth in the larger cities was mild: Manchester grew by 2.4 percent, Nashua decreased by 0.1 percent, Concord grew by 4.9 percent, Derry decreased by 2.7 percent, and Dover grew by 11.5 percent.[26]

At the time of redistricting, Republicans controlled the General Court, and the Democrats controlled the governorship. On March 23, 2012, Gov. John Lynch (D) signed into law a new Senate plan but vetoed the House map, citing a lack of representation in towns that exceed 3,000, which automatically merit their own representative; the Legislature overrode the veto on March 28, 2012. The Department of Justice -- which has the duty of pre-clearing New Hampshire redistricting maps under the Voting Rights Act -- approved the maps in May 2012. On June 19, 2012, several lawsuits regarding the House map were thrown out by the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

Representatives

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the New Hampshire General Court are paid $200/two-year term. There is no per diem.[27]

Pension

New Hampshire does not provide pensions for legislators.[28]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

New Hampshire legislators assume office the month after elections (December).

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of September 2014
     Democratic Party 213
     Republican Party 173
     Vacancy 14
Total 400

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the New Hampshire State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the New Hampshire State House.PNG

Leadership

The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order, enforcing and interpreting parliamentary rules, making committee appointments, and referring bills to the appropriate committee for review. The Speaker only votes in the case of a tie.[29]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, New Hampshire House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
Speaker of the House Terie Norelli Electiondot.png Democratic
House Majority Leader Stephen Shurtleff Electiondot.png Democratic
House Minority Leader Gene Chandler Ends.png Republican

Current members

See also: Historical representation of New Hampshire House of Representatives

Note: In New Hampshire, a member of the state legislature can be designated as being a member of more than one party. If a candidate runs on one ticket and the opposing party fields no candidate, and if the candidate gets a certain number of write-in votes on the opposing party ticket, then as an elected official, that politician is defined as belonging to both parties.

As of the 2012 elections, there is one member listed as being of both parties: Janet Wall. The New Hampshire House of Representatives keeps an official online list of all members of the chamber. On that list, representatives who have more than one party designation by custom have the party that could be considered their true party listed first. On that list, Wall is considered a Democrat first. The list below follows that practice.

Current members, New Hampshire House of Representatives
District Representative Party Assumed office
Belknap 1 Ruth Gulick Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Belknap 2 Lisa DiMartino Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Belknap 2 Bob Greemore Ends.png Republican 2010
Belknap 2 Herb Vadney Ends.png Republican 2012
Belknap 2 Colette Worsman Ends.png Republican 2010
Belknap 3 Donald Flanders Ends.png Republican 2000
Belknap 3 David Huot Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Belknap 3 Robert Luther Ends.png Republican 2010
Belknap 3 Franklin Tilton Ends.png Republican 2010
Belknap 4 Dennis Fields Ends.png Republican 2008
Belknap 4 Ian Raymond Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Belknap 5 Richard Burchell Ends.png Republican 2012
Belknap 5 Stephen Holmes Ends.png Republican 2012
Belknap 6 Charles Fink Ends.png Republican 2012
Belknap 6 Michael Sylvia Ends.png Republican 2012
Belknap 7 Guy Comtois Ends.png Republican 2010
Belknap 8 Vacant
Belknap 9 Beth Arsenault Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Carroll 1 Gene Chandler Ends.png Republican 1982
Carroll 2 Tom Buco Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Carroll 2 Karen Umberger Ends.png Republican 2008
Carroll 2 Syndi White Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Carroll 3 Mark McConkey Ends.png Republican 2002
Carroll 3 Susan Ticehurst Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Carroll 4 Glenn Cordelli Ends.png Republican 2012
Carroll 4 Karel Crawford Ends.png Republican 2012
Carroll 5 Tom Lavender Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Carroll 5 Harry Merrow Ends.png Republican 2010
Carroll 5 Bill Nelson Ends.png Republican 2012
Carroll 6 Christopher Ahlgren Ends.png Republican 2004
Carroll 6 Stephen Schmidt Ends.png Republican 2010
Carroll 7 Ed Butler Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Carroll 8 Donald Wright Ends.png Republican 2012
Cheshire 1 Paul Berch Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Cheshire 1 William Butynski Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
Cheshire 1 Tara Sad Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
Cheshire 1 Lucy Weber Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
Cheshire 2 John Mann Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Cheshire 3 Daniel Eaton Electiondot.png Democratic 2002
Cheshire 4 Kris Roberts Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
Cheshire 5 Larry Phillips Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Cheshire 6 Timothy Robertson Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Cheshire 7 Gladys Johnsen Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Cheshire 8 Cynthia Chase Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Cheshire 9 Richard Ames Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Cheshire 9 Douglas Ley Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Cheshire 10 Marge Shepardson Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Cheshire 11 Susan Emerson Ends.png Republican 2004
Cheshire 11 John Hunt Ends.png Republican 1986
Cheshire 12 Jane Johnson Ends.png Republican 2006
Cheshire 12 Alfred Lerandeau Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
Cheshire 13 Henry Parkhurst Electiondot.png Democratic 2002
Cheshire 14 Harry Young Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Cheshire 15 Bruce Tatro Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Cheshire 16 Vacant
Cheshire 16 Charles Weed Electiondot.png Democratic 2000
Coos 1 Larry Enman Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Coos 1 Laurence Rappaport Ends.png Republican 2008
Coos 2 Wayne Moynihan Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Coos 3 Gary Coulombe Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Coos 3 Robert Theberge Electiondot.png Democratic 2002
Coos 3 Yvonne Thomas Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
Coos 4 Herbert Richardson Ends.png Republican 2008
Coos 5 Marcia Hammon Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Coos 6 William Hatch Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
Coos 7 Leon Rideout Ends.png Republican 2012
Grafton 1 Ralph Doolan Ends.png Republican 2012
Grafton 1 Linda Massimilla Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Grafton 2 Rebecca Brown Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Grafton 3 Susan Ford Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Grafton 4 Rick Ladd Ends.png Republican 2008
Grafton 5 Edmond Gionet Ends.png Republican 2002
Grafton 6 Vacant
Grafton 7 James Aguiar Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
Grafton 8 Mary Cooney Electiondot.png Democratic 2000
Grafton 8 Sid Lovett Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Grafton 8 Suzanne Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
Grafton 9 Skip Reilly Ends.png Republican 2010
Grafton 9 Jeff Shackett Ends.png Republican 2010
Grafton 10 Wendy Piper Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Grafton 11 Chuck Townsend Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
Grafton 12 Bernard Benn Electiondot.png Democratic 2000
Grafton 12 Patricia Higgins Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Grafton 12 Sharon Nordgren Electiondot.png Democratic 1988
Grafton 12 Beatriz Pastor Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
Grafton 13 Susan Almy Electiondot.png Democratic 1996
Grafton 13 Laurie Harding Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
Grafton 13 George Sykes Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Grafton 13 Andrew White Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
Grafton 14 Brad Bailey Ends.png Republican 2012
Grafton 15 Vacant
Grafton 16 Carol Friedrich Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Grafton 17 Catherine Mulholland Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 1 Marjorie Porter Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Hillsborough 1 Gilman Shattuck Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 2 Evelyn Connor Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 2 Gary Hopper Ends.png Republican 2008
Hillsborough 2 Neal Kurk Ends.png Republican 1986
Hillsborough 3 Jonathan Manley Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 4 Stephen Spratt Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 4 Kermit Williams Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 5 William O'Brien Ends.png Republican 2008
Hillsborough 5 David Woodbury Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 6 John Burt Ends.png Republican 2008
Hillsborough 6 Ruth Gage Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 6 John Hikel Ends.png Republican 2008
Hillsborough 6 Vacant
Hillsborough 6 Calvin Pratt Ends.png Republican 2008
Hillsborough 7 John Cebrowski Ends.png Republican 2008
Hillsborough 7 David Danielson Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 7 John Graham Ends.png Republican 2000
Hillsborough 7 Keith Murphy Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 7 Kelleigh Murphy Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 7 Moe Villeneuve Ends.png Republican 2004
Hillsborough 8 Jeffrey Goley Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
Hillsborough 8 Peter Ramsey Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
Hillsborough 9 Linda DiSilvestro Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 9 William J. O'Neil Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
Hillsborough 10 Jean Jeudy Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
Hillsborough 10 Peter Sullivan Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 11 Vacant
Hillsborough 11 Robert Walsh Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 12 Tim O'Flaherty Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 12 Ted Rokas Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
Hillsborough 13 Larry Gagne Ends.png Republican 2008
Hillsborough 13 William Infantine Ends.png Republican 2002
Hillsborough 14 Mary Heath Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
Hillsborough 14 Vacant
Hillsborough 15 Thomas Katsiantonis Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
Hillsborough 15 Steve Vaillancourt Ends.png Republican 1996
Hillsborough 16 David McCloskey Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 16 Barbara Shaw Electiondot.png Democratic 2000
Hillsborough 17 Vacant
Hillsborough 17 Timothy Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 18 Emily Sandblade Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 18 Joel Winters Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 19 Robert Backus Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 19 Dick Marston Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 20 Ralph Boehm Ends.png Republican 2004
Hillsborough 20 Frank Byron Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 21 Richard Barry Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 21 Brenda Grady Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 21 Dick Hinch Ends.png Republican 2008
Hillsborough 21 Jeanine Notter Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 21 Tony Pellegrino Ends.png Republican 2008
Hillsborough 21 Lenette Peterson Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 21 Philip Straight Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 21 Kathleen Stroud Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 22 Shannon Chandley Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 22 Peter Hansen Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 22 Robert Rowe Ends.png Republican 1998
Hillsborough 23 Ruth Heden Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 23 Stephen Palmer Ends.png Republican 2008
Hillsborough 23 Shawn Sweeney Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 23 Robert Willette Ends.png Republican 2008
Hillsborough 24 Jill Hammond Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 24 Peter Leishman Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
Hillsborough 25 James Coffey Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 25 James Parison Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 26 Jack Flanagan Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 26 Melanie Levesque Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 27 James Belanger Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 27 Carolyn Gargasz Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 28 Sylvia Gale Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Hillsborough 28 Angeline Kopka Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 28 Janice Schmidt Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 29 Paul Hackel Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 29 Michael McCarthy Ends.png Republican 2008
Hillsborough 29 Suzanne Vail Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 30 Mariellen MacKay Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 30 Brian Rhodes Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
Hillsborough 30 Cindy Rosenwald Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
Hillsborough 31 David Cote Electiondot.png Democratic 1982
Hillsborough 31 Mary Gorman Electiondot.png Democratic 1998
Hillsborough 31 Pamela Brown Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
Hillsborough 32 Jack Kelley Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 32 Donald LeBrun Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 32 David Murotake Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 33 Efstathia Booras Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 33 David Campbell Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
Hillsborough 33 Kenneth Gidge Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
Hillsborough 34 Douglas Carroll Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 34 Michael Garcia Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 34 Timothy Soucy Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 35 Daniel Hansberry Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 35 Latha Mangipudi Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
Hillsborough 35 Mary Nelson Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 36 Linda Harriott-Gathright Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 36 Martin Jack Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 36 Michael O'Brien Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 37 Lars Christiansen Ends.png Republican 1996
Hillsborough 37 Patrick Culbert Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 37 Robert Haefner Ends.png Republican 2006
Hillsborough 37 Shawn Jasper Ends.png Republican 2002
Hillsborough 37 Mary Ann Knowles Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 37 Richard LeVasseur Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 37 Lynne Ober Ends.png Republican 2004
Hillsborough 37 Russell Ober Ends.png Republican 2006
Hillsborough 37 Andrew Renzullo Ends.png Republican 2004
Hillsborough 37 Charlene Takesian Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 37 Jordan Ulery Ends.png Republican 2004
Hillsborough 38 Richard Eaton Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 38 Richard McNamara Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 39 Mark Warden Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 40 Gary Daniels Ends.png Republican 2006
Hillsborough 41 Laurie Sanborn Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 42 Patrick Long Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
Hillsborough 42 Daniel Sullivan Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
Hillsborough 43 Jeremy Dobson Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 43 Eric Palangas Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 43 Kathleen Souza Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 44 George Lambert Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 44 Andre Martel Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 45 Jane Beaulieu Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 45 Ronald Boisvert Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 1 Mario Ratzki Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 2 Scott Burns Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 2 Dennis Reed Ends.png Republican 2002
Merrimack 3 Vacant
Merrimack 3 Leigh Webb Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 4 Thomas Schamberg Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 5 Karen Ebel Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 5 David Kidder Ends.png Republican 2004
Merrimack 6 Barbara French Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 6 Geoffrey Hirsch Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 7 Clyde Carson Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 8 Caroletta Alicea Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 9 Priscilla Lockwood Ends.png Republican 1998
Merrimack 9 Howard Moffett Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 10 Mel Myler Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 10 Gary Richardson Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
Merrimack 10 Mary Wallner Electiondot.png Democratic 1980
Merrimack 11 Stephen Shurtleff Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
Merrimack 12 Paul Henle Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 13 June Frazer Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Merrimack 14 James MacKay Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Merrimack 15 Jane Hunt Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 16 Rick Watrous Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
Merrimack 17 Dick Patten Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Merrimack 18 Candace Bouchard Electiondot.png Democratic 1998
Merrimack 19 Christy Bartlett Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 20 Frank Davis Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 20 Sally Kelly Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 20 Dianne Schuett Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 21 Mary Frambach Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 21 Dan McGuire Ends.png Republican 2010
Merrimack 22 Alan Turcotte Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 23 Christopher Andrews Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 23 J.R. Hoell Ends.png Republican 2010
Merrimack 23 Mary Beth Walz Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 24 David Hess Ends.png Republican 1994
Merrimack 24 Frank Kotowski Ends.png Republican 2008
Merrimack 24 Todd Smith Ends.png Republican 2008
Merrimack 24 Thomas Walsh Ends.png Republican 2012
Merrimack 25 David Karrick Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 26 Lorrie Carey Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 27 Mary Gile Electiondot.png Democratic 1996
Merrimack 27 Harold Rice Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
Merrimack 28 Katherine Rogers Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 29 Carol McGuire Ends.png Republican 2008
Rockingham 1 Bruce Hodgdon Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 2 Romeo Danais Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 2 Joe Duarte Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 2 Kyle Tasker Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 3 Franklin Bishop Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 3 Kathleen Hoelzel Ends.png Republican 2008
Rockingham 3 Lawrence Kappler Ends.png Republican 2006
Rockingham 4 Gene Charron Ends.png Republican 2004
Rockingham 4 James Devine Ends.png Republican 2006
Rockingham 4 Dan Dumaine Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 4 Joseph Hagan Ends.png Republican 2008
Rockingham 4 Vacant
Rockingham 5 Alfred Baldasaro Ends.png Republican 2006
Rockingham 5 Robert Introne Ends.png Republican 2000
Rockingham 5 David Lundgren Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 5 Betsy McKinney Ends.png Republican 1984
Rockingham 5 Sherman Packard Ends.png Republican 1990
Rockingham 5 Daniel Tamburello Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 5 Lisa Whittemore Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 6 Elizabeth Burtis Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 6 Brian Chirichiello Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 6 Beverly Ferrante Ends.png Republican 2008
Rockingham 6 Robert Fesh Ends.png Republican 1987
Rockingham 6 David Milz Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 6 John O'Connor Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 6 Frank Sapareto Ends.png Republican 2008
Rockingham 6 Vacant
Rockingham 6 Mary Till Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 6 James Webb Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 7 Mary Griffin Ends.png Republican 1996
Rockingham 7 Walter Kolodziej Ends.png Republican 2008
Rockingham 7 Charles McMahon Ends.png Republican 2002
Rockingham 7 Kevin Waterhouse Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 8 Vacant
Rockingham 8 Ronald Belanger Ends.png Republican 1992
Rockingham 8 Patrick Bick Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 8 Robert Elliott Ends.png Republican 2006
Rockingham 8 Bianca Garcia Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 8 Marilinda Garcia Ends.png Republican 2006
Rockingham 8 Anne Priestley Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 8 Joe Sweeney Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 8 John Sytek Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 9 Jeffrey Harris Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 9 Barbara Helmstetter Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 10 Daniel Itse Ends.png Republican 2000
Rockingham 11 Curtis Grace Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 12 Elisabeth Sanders Ends.png Republican 2004
Rockingham 13 Regina Birdsell Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 13 John Sedensky Ends.png Republican 2008
Rockingham 13 Kevin St. James Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 13 Kenneth Weyler Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 14 Debra DeSimone Ends.png Republican 2008
Rockingham 14 William Friel Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 14 Jack Hayes Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 14 Norman Major Ends.png Republican 1996
Rockingham 15 Mary Allen Ends.png Republican 2002
Rockingham 16 Robert Nigrello Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 17 Michael Cahill Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 17 Marcia Moody Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
Rockingham 17 Adam Schroadter Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 18 Steven Briden Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 18 Eileen Flockhart Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 18 Frank Heffron Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 18 Donna Schlachman Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
Rockingham 19 Patrick Abrami Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 19 Timothy Copeland Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 20 Aboul Khan Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 20 Vacant
Rockingham 20 Lawrence Perkins Ends.png Republican 2008
Rockingham 21 Robert Cushing Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 21 Tracy Emerick Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 21 Chris Muns Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 21 Frederick Rice Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 22 Michele Peckham Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 23 Pamela Tucker Ends.png Republican 2008
Rockingham 24 David Borden Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 24 Thomas Sherman Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 25 Laura Pantelakos Electiondot.png Democratic 1978
Rockingham 26 Terie Norelli Electiondot.png Democratic 1996
Rockingham 27 Rebecca Emerson-Brown Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 28 Gerald Ward Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 29 Brian Wazlaw Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 30 Jacqueline Cali-Pitts Electiondot.png Democratic 1998
Rockingham 31 Joe Scarlotto Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 32 Maureen Mann Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 33 Timothy Comerford Ends.png Republican 2008
Rockingham 34 Jeffrey Oligny Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 35 Richard Gordon Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 36 Patricia Lovejoy Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Rockingham 37 E. Elaine Andrews-Ahearn Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 1 John Mullen Ends.png Republican 2012
Strafford 1 Robbie Parsons Ends.png Republican 2010
Strafford 2 Rachel Burke Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 2 Joseph Pitre Ends.png Republican 2010
Strafford 3 David Bickford Ends.png Republican 2012
Strafford 3 Robert Perry Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
Strafford 4 Kenneth Grossman Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 4 Dennis Malloy Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 5 Naida Kaen Electiondot.png Democratic 1994
Strafford 6 Amanda Merrill Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Strafford 6 Timothy Horrigan Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Strafford 6 Marjorie Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 6 Judith Spang Electiondot.png Democratic 1998
Strafford 6 Janet Wall Electiondot.png Democratic 1986
Strafford 7 Audrey Stevens Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 8 James Gray Ends.png Republican 2012
Strafford 9 Steven Beaudoin Ends.png Republican 2012
Strafford 10 Warren Groen Ends.png Republican 2008
Strafford 11 Anne Grassie Electiondot.png Democratic 1994
Strafford 12 Pamela Hubbard Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 13 James Verschueren Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 14 William Baber Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 15 Janice Gardner Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 16 Dorothea Hooper Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Strafford 17 Peter Bixby Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 17 Vacant
Strafford 17 Stephen Ketel Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 18 Roger Berube Electiondot.png Democratic 1994
Strafford 18 Deanna Rollo Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 18 Dale Spainhower Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Strafford 19 Peter Schmidt Electiondot.png Democratic 2002
Strafford 20 Marsha Pelletier Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Strafford 21 Kenneth Ward Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 22 Rose Marie Rogers Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 23 David Miller Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 24 Laura Jones Ends.png Republican 2010
Strafford 25 Roger Menear Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Sullivan 1 Benjamin Lefebvre Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Sullivan 1 Andy Schmidt Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Sullivan 2 Sue Gottling Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Sullivan 3 Andrew O'Hearne Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Sullivan 4 Joe Osgood Ends.png Republican 2013
Sullivan 5 Raymond Gagnon Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
Sullivan 6 Virginia Irwin Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Sullivan 6 Skip Rollins Ends.png Republican 2012
Sullivan 7 James Grenier Ends.png Republican 2012
Sullivan 8 Cynthia Sweeney Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Sullivan 9 Linda Tanner Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Sullivan 10 John Cloutier Electiondot.png Democratic 1992
Sullivan 11 Steven Smith Ends.png Republican 2010

Standing committees

Bills are first referred to committees arranged by subject matter. The committee holds hearings on the bills and makes recommendation for action to the House. For 2011, one committee has been dissolved (Local and Regulated Revenues Committee); and two new committees have been established: Constitutional Review & Statutory Recodification and Petitions for Redress & Grievances.[30][31]

The New Hampshire House has the following 24 standing committees:

Finance - Division I (Standing Sub-committee)
Finance - Division II (Standing Sub-committee)
Finance - Division III(Standing Sub-committee)

History

Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, New Hampshire
Partisan breakdown of the New Hampshire legislature from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the New Hampshire State House of Representatives for five years while the Republicans were the majority for 17 years.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire State Senate and the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of New Hampshire state government(1992-2013).PNG

SQLI and partisanship

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the New Hampshire state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. New Hampshire experienced both Democratic and Republican trifectas during the years of the study. Two Republican trifectas occurred in the first years of the study, from 1992-1996 and from 2003-2004. The state then shifted and had a Democratic trifecta from 2007-2010. New Hampshire ranked high in the SQLI, finishing in the top-10 every year of the study, and in 1st over half of the years of the study. The state finished 1st during both Democratic and Republican trifectas as well as during years of divided government. Its lowest rankings occurred in the last two years of the study, when the government was divided.

  • SQLI average with Democratic trifecta: 2.00
  • SQLI average with Republican trifecta: 1.71
  • SQLI average with divided government: 2.20
Chart displaying the partisanship of the New Hampshire government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

See also

External links

References

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  25. State of New Hampshire, "State Constitution-Senate," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Sections, Section 34)
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  30. Information verified by House Clerk on December 15, 2010
  31. New Hampshire General Court, "New Hampshire House of Representatives Standing Committee page," accessed June 9, 2014