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:  Shawn Jasper (R)
Majority Leader:   Jack Flanagan (R)
Minority leader:   Stephen Shurtleff (D)
Structure
Members:  400
  
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Part Second, New Hampshire Constitution
Salary:   $200/two-year term
Elections
Last Election:  November 4, 2014 (400 seats)
Next election:  November 8, 2016 (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 December 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 took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was 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 December 2014
     Democratic Party 160
     Republican Party 239
     Independent 1
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 Shawn Jasper Ends.png Republican
House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan Ends.png Republican
House Minority Leader Stephen Shurtleff Electiondot.png Democratic

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 Valerie Fraser Ends.png Republican 2014
Belknap 2 George Hurt Ends.png Republican 2014
Belknap 2 Russell Dumais Ends.png Republican 2014
Belknap 2 Herb Vadney Ends.png Republican 2012
Belknap 2 Glen Aldrich Ends.png Republican 2014
Belknap 3 Donald Flanders Ends.png Republican 2000
Belknap 3 Peter Spanos Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Brian S. Gallagher Ends.png Republican 2014
Belknap 5 David Russell Ends.png Republican 2014
Belknap 5 Peter Varney Ends.png Republican 2014
Belknap 6 Shari Lebreche Ends.png Republican 2014
Belknap 6 Michael Sylvia Ends.png Republican 2012
Belknap 7 Guy Comtois Ends.png Republican 2010
Belknap 8 Raymond Howard Ends.png Republican 2014
Belknap 9 Robert Fisher Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Frank McCarthy Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Lino Avellani Ends.png Republican 2014
Carroll 5 Ed Comeau Ends.png Republican 2014
Carroll 5 Bill Nelson Ends.png Republican 2012
Carroll 6 Harold B. Parker Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Michael D. Abbott Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
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 William Pearson Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Cheshire 5 John Bordenet Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
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 Jim McConnell Ends.png Republican 2014
Cheshire 12 Ben Tilton Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Cheshire 13 Henry Parkhurst Electiondot.png Democratic 2002
Cheshire 14 Franklin Sterling Ends.png Republican 2014
Cheshire 15 Bruce Tatro Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Cheshire 16 Kris Roberts Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
Cheshire 16 Larry Phillips Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Coos 1 John Fothergill Ends.png Republican 2014
Coos 1 Laurence Rappaport Ends.png Republican 2008
Coos 2 Wayne Moynihan Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Coos 3 Alethea Lincoln Froburg Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
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 John Tholl Ends.png Republican 2014
Coos 6 William Hatch Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
Coos 7 Leon Rideout Ends.png Republican 2012
Grafton 1 Erin Tapper Hennessey Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Kevin G. Maes Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Grafton 7 Eric Johnson Ends.png Republican 2014
Grafton 8 Mary Cooney Electiondot.png Democratic 2000
Grafton 8 Travis Bennett Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Grafton 8 Suzanne Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
Grafton 9 Robert Hull Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Martha Hennessey Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Grafton 12 Patricia Higgins Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Grafton 12 Sharon Nordgren Electiondot.png Democratic 1988
Grafton 12 Chris Brown Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Grafton 13 Susan Almy Electiondot.png Democratic 1996
Grafton 13 Richard Abel Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
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 Paul Ingbretson Ends.png Republican 2014
Grafton 16 Dwayne Brown Ends.png Republican 2014
Grafton 17 Stephen Darrow Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 1 Marjorie Porter Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Hillsborough 1 Gilman Shattuck Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 2 Daniel Donovan Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Carol R. Roberts Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
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 Rick Christie Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 6 Barbara Griffin Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 6 David W. Pierce Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 6 Claire Rouillard Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 6 Nick Zaricki Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 7 Bart Fromuth Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 7 David Danielson Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 7 Terry Wolf Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 7 Keith Murphy Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 7 Ken Peterson Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 7 Linda Gould Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 8 Jeffrey Goley Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
Hillsborough 8 Joseph Lachance Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Patrick Long Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
Hillsborough 11 Elizabeth Edwards Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Hillsborough 11 Robert Walsh Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 12 Amanda Bouldin Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
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 Mary C. Freitas Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Hillsborough 15 Thomas Katsiantonis Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
Hillsborough 15 Mark McLean Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 16 Victoria L. Sullivan Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 16 Barbara Shaw Electiondot.png Democratic 2000
Hillsborough 17 Tammy Simmons Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 17 Timothy Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 18 Patricia Cornell Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Hillsborough 18 Armand D. Forest Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
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 Josh Moore Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Chris Christensen Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 21 Philip Straight Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 21 John Balcom Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 22 Stephen Stepanek Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 22 Peter Hansen Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 22 Robert Rowe Ends.png Republican 1998
Hillsborough 23 Bill Goulette Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 23 Barbara Biggie Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 23 Shawn Sweeney Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 23 Carolyn Halstead Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 24 Ivy Vann Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
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 Christopher R. Adams Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 27 James Belanger Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 27 Carolyn Gargasz Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 28 Elizabeth Ferreira Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 28 Eric R. Eastman Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 28 Carl Seidel Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 29 Donald McClarren Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 29 Peggy McCarthy Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 29 Suzanne Harvey Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Hillsborough 30 Alan Cohen Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Hillsborough 30 Lisa E. Scontsas Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Barry Palmer Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Lee Guerette Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Hillsborough 33 Kenneth Gidge Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
Hillsborough 34 Timothy Twombly Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 34 Edith Hogan Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Pete Silva Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 36 Bill Ohm Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Eric P. Estevez Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 37 Robert Haefner Ends.png Republican 2006
Hillsborough 37 Shawn Jasper Ends.png Republican 2002
Hillsborough 37 Eric Schleien Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 37 Gregory Smith Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 37 Lynne Ober Ends.png Republican 2004
Hillsborough 37 Russell Ober Ends.png Republican 2006
Hillsborough 37 Kimberly Rice Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 37 Charlene Takesian Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 37 Jordan Ulery Ends.png Republican 2004
Hillsborough 38 Frank Edelblut Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 38 Richard McNamara Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 39 John Burt Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 40 Keith Ammon Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 41 Laurie Sanborn Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 42 Kendall A. Snow Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Hillsborough 42 Daniel Sullivan Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
Hillsborough 43 Christopher J. Herbert Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Hillsborough 43 Benjamin Baroody Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Hillsborough 43 Kathleen Souza Ends.png Republican 2010
Hillsborough 44 Mark Proulx Ends.png Republican 2014
Hillsborough 44 Andre Martel Ends.png Republican 2012
Hillsborough 45 Jane Beaulieu Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Hillsborough 45 Carlos Gonzalez Ends.png Republican 2014
Merrimack 1 Mario Ratzki Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 2 Werner D. Horn Ends.png Republican 2014
Merrimack 2 Harold F. French Ends.png Republican 2014
Merrimack 3 Gregory Hill Ends.png Republican 2014
Merrimack 3 Deborah Wheeler Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Merrimack 4 Douglas B. Long Ends.png Republican 2014
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 George Saunderson Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Merrimack 9 Howard Moffett Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 10 Mel Myler Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 10 David Luneau Independent Independent 2014
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 Linda B. Kenison Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Merrimack 16 Helen Deloge Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Merrimack 17 Dick Patten Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
Merrimack 18 Paula Bradley Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Merrimack 19 Christy Bartlett Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 20 David Doherty Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Merrimack 20 Brian Seaworth Ends.png Republican 2014
Merrimack 20 Dianne Schuett Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 21 Michael Brewster Ends.png Republican 2014
Merrimack 21 Dan McGuire Ends.png Republican 2010
Merrimack 22 Alan Turcotte Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 23 John F. Martin Ends.png Republican 2014
Merrimack 23 J.R. Hoell Ends.png Republican 2010
Merrimack 23 Bill Kuch Ends.png Republican 2014
Merrimack 24 David Hess Ends.png Republican 1994
Merrimack 24 Frank Kotowski Ends.png Republican 2008
Merrimack 24 Dick Marple Ends.png Republican 2014
Merrimack 24 Thomas Walsh Ends.png Republican 2012
Merrimack 25 David Karrick Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Merrimack 26 Jason R. Parent Ends.png Republican 2014
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 James Spillane Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 2 Joe Duarte Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 2 Kyle Tasker Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 3 Carolyn L. Matthews Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 3 Kathleen Hoelzel Ends.png Republican 2008
Rockingham 3 Lawrence Kappler Ends.png Republican 2006
Rockingham 4 William M. Gannon Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 4 James Devine Ends.png Republican 2006
Rockingham 4 Jason Osborne Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 4 Joseph Hagan Ends.png Republican 2008
Rockingham 4 Chris True Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Doug Thomas Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 6 G. Thomas Cardon Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Phyllis Katsakiores Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 6 John Potucek Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 6 Katherine Prudhomme-O'Brien Ends.png Republican 2014
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 David Bates Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 8 Fred Doucette Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 8 Ronald Belanger Ends.png Republican 1992
Rockingham 8 Arthur E. Barnes III Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 8 Robert Elliott Ends.png Republican 2006
Rockingham 8 Gary Azarian Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 8 John Manning, Jr. Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Michael Vose Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 10 Daniel Itse Ends.png Republican 2000
Rockingham 11 Allen W. Cook Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 12 Elisabeth Sanders Ends.png Republican 2004
Rockingham 13 David Welch Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 13 Joe Guthrie Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 13 Ann M. Howe Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Shem Kellogg Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Alexis Simpson Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Rockingham 18 Paula Francese Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Rockingham 18 Frank Heffron Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 18 Skip Berrien Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Rockingham 19 Patrick Abrami Ends.png Republican 2010
Rockingham 19 Joanne Ward Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 20 Max Abramson Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 20 Francis Chase Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 20 Dennis B. Sweeney Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 21 Robert Cushing Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 21 Tracy Emerick Ends.png Republican 2012
Rockingham 21 David Wood Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Rebecca McBeath Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Rockingham 27 Debbie DiFranco Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Rockingham 28 Gerald Ward Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Rockingham 29 Pamela S. Gordon Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Rockingham 30 Jacqueline Cali-Pitts Electiondot.png Democratic 1998
Rockingham 31 Carol Bush Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 32 Brian F. Dobson Ends.png Republican 2014
Rockingham 33 Steven J. Woitkun Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Andrew Christie, Jr. Ends.png Republican 2014
Strafford 1 John Mullen Ends.png Republican 2012
Strafford 1 Robbie Parsons Ends.png Republican 2010
Strafford 2 Joshua Whitehouse Ends.png Republican 2014
Strafford 2 Joseph Pitre Ends.png Republican 2010
Strafford 3 David Bickford Ends.png Republican 2012
Strafford 3 Kurt Wuelper Ends.png Republican 2014
Strafford 4 Len Turcotte Ends.png Republican 2014
Strafford 4 Jacalyn Cilley Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Strafford 5 Naida Kaen Electiondot.png Democratic 1994
Strafford 6 Wayne M. Burton 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 Susan DeLemus Ends.png Republican 2014
Strafford 12 Robert Knowles Ends.png Republican 2014
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 Len DiSesa Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Strafford 17 Peter Bixby Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 17 Catherine Cheney Ends.png Republican 2014
Strafford 17 Susan Treleaven Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Strafford 18 Roger Berube Electiondot.png Democratic 1994
Strafford 18 Deanna Rollo Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 18 Dale Sprague Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Strafford 19 Peter Schmidt Electiondot.png Democratic 2002
Strafford 20 Tom Southworth Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Strafford 21 Kenneth Ward Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
Strafford 22 Thomas L. Kaczynski, Jr. Ends.png Republican 2014
Strafford 23 Don E. Leeman Ends.png Republican 2014
Strafford 24 Laura Jones Ends.png Republican 2010
Strafford 25 Joe Hannon Ends.png Republican 2014
Sullivan 1 Lee Walker Oxenham Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
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 Larry Converse Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Sullivan 5 Raymond Gagnon Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
Sullivan 6 Ernest H. Bridge Ends.png Republican 2014
Sullivan 6 Skip Rollins Ends.png Republican 2012
Sullivan 7 James Grenier Ends.png Republican 2012
Sullivan 8 Thomas Laware Ends.png Republican 2014
Sullivan 9 Virginia Irwin 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