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New Hampshire's Executive Council is responsible for overseeing the majority of state contracts and spending, acting as a check against the power of the state's governor.

Every contract made by any government department over a certain limit ($10,000 or $25,000, depending on the type of contract) has to be approved by the Executive Council. The Executive Council also approves many appointments, such as judges and commissioners, and decides who will sit on public boards, agencies and commissions. They have veto power over major hires, such as government department heads.

There are five Executive Councilors, each elected from their own voting district. They serve a two-year term. There are no term limits. Pay rates and expense reimbursement for councilors are set by the state Legislature. In 2016, councilors were paid $16,096 plus a $6,000 stipend in lieu of expenses. The councilor from District 1 received a $9,000 stipend.

Below are links to each of the 5 NH Executive Council districts, including details on currently elected officials. Winners from the Nov. 3rd, 2020 election took office January 6, 2021.

District 1

Represents the cities and towns of Albany, Alexandria, Alton, Andover, Ashland, Atkinson-Gilmanton Grant, Bartlett, Bath, Bean's Grant, Bean's Purchase, Benton, Berlin, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Bristol, Brookfield, Cambridge, Campton, Canaan, Carroll, Center Harbor, Chandler's Purchase, Chatham, Claremont, Clarksville, Colebrook, Columbia, Conway, Cornish, Crawford's Purchase, Croydon, Cutt's Grant, Dalton, Danbury, Dix's Grant, Dixville, Dorchester, Dummer, Easton, Eaton, Effingham, Ellsworth, Enfield, Erroll, Erving's Location, Franconia, Freedom, Gilford, Gorham, Grafton, Grantham, Green's Grant, Groton, Hadley's Purchase, Hale's Location, Hanover, Hart's Location, Haverhill, Hebron, Hill, Holderness, Jackson, Jefferson, Kilkenny, Laconia, Lancaster, Landaff, Lebanon, Lincoln, Lisbon, Littleton, Livermore, Low & Burbank's Grant, Lyman, Lyme, Madison, Martin's Location, Meredith, Middleton, Milan, Millsfield, Milton, Monroe, Moultonborough, New Durham, New Hampton, New London, Newport, Northumberland, Odell, Orange, Orford, Ossipee, Piermont, Pinkham's Grant, Pittsburg, Plainfield, Plymouth, Randolph, Rumney, Sanbornton, Sandwich, Sargent's Purchase, Second College Grant, Shelburne, Springfield, Stark, Stewartstown, Stratford, Success, Sugar Hill, Sunapee, Tamworth, Tilton, Thompson & Meserve's Purchase, Tuftonboro, Wakefield, Thornton, Warren, Waterville Valley, Wentworth, Wentworth's Location, Whitefield, Wilmot, Wolfeboro and Woodstock.

District 2

Represents the cities and towns of Acworth, Alstead, Barnstead, Belmont, Boscawen, Bradford, Canterbury, Charlestown, Chesterfield, Dublin, Durham, Farmington, Gilmanton, Gilsum, Goshen, Hancock, Harrisville, Henniker, Hinsdale, Hopkinton, Langdon, Lempster, Madbury, Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, Newbury, Northfield, Rollinsford, Roxbury, Salisbury, Stoddard, Strafford, Sullivan, Surry, Sutton, Unity, Walpole, Warner, Washington, Webster, Westmoreland, and Winchester, and the cities of Concord, Dover, Franklin, Keene, Rochester, and Somersworth.

District 3

Represents the cities and towns of Atkinson, Brentwood, Chester, Danville, Derry, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Greenland, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, Newton, North Hampton, Pelham, Plaistow, Raymond, Rye, Salem, Sandown, Seabrook, South Hampton, Stratham, and Windham, and the city of Portsmouth.

District 4

Represents the cities and towns of Allenstown, Auburn, Barrington, Bedford, Bow, Candia, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, Goffstown, Hooksett, Lee, Londonderry, Loudon, Northwood, Nottingham, Pembroke, Pittsfield, and Manchester.

District 5

Represents the cities and towns of Amherst, Antrim, Bennington, Brookline, Deering, Dunbarton, Fitzwilliam, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hillsborough, Hollis, Hudson, Jaffrey, Litchfield, Lyndeborough, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, New Boston, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Richmond, Rindge, Sharon, Swanzey, Temple, Troy, Weare, Wilton, and Windsor, and the city of Nashua.

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