Elected Officials - NH Executive Council

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, you can view the executive councilor for each district.

NH Executive Council District 1

Party: Republican

Experience: Executive Councilor (2014 - present); Senator, NH Senate (2002 - 2008); Represen...

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NH Executive Council District 2

Party: Democrat

Experience: Executive Councilor (2016 - present); Activist Lawyer

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NH Executive Council District 3

Party: Republican

Experience: Executive Councilor (2016 - present); Senator, NH Senate (2000 - 2004, 2010 - 20...

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NH Executive Council District 4

Party: Democrat

Experience: Executive Councilor (2012 - present); Representative, NH House of Representative...

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NH Executive Council District 5

Party: Republican

Experience: Executive Councilor (2011 - 2012, 2014 - present); Senator, NH Senate (1992 - 19...

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