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William M. Gardner
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New Hampshire Secretary of State
In office
1976 - Present
Years in position 39
President, National Association of Secretaries of State
Base salary$110,114
Elections and appointments
Appointed by New Hampshire Legislature
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Hampshire House of Representatives
1973 - 1976
Office website
William Gardner is the current Democratic New Hampshire Secretary of State. Previously he served as a member of the New Hampshire State Legislature from 1973 to 1976.[1]


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.”[2]


  • 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 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).


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.[3]

Contact information

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

New Hampshire

Phone: (603) 271-3242
Fax: (603) 271-6316

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Political offices
Preceded by
New Hampshire House of Representatives
1973 - 1976
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New Hampshire Secretary of State
1976 - present
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