The New Hampshire governor is elected every two years on the first Tuesday in November and serves a two year term. Parties nominate their candidates for that November general election through primary elections, the dates of which can vary. Candidates must be residents of New Hampshire for at least seven years and have to be least 30 years of age.
New Hampshire's governor is responsible for creating the state's initial budget and nominating people to fill judicial seats or lead departments. The governor also negotiates state contracts worth more than $5,000, such as the contract with the public employees union. (These nominations and contracts have to be approved by the Executive Council.)
The governor has the power to veto bills approved by the Legislature, though the Legislature can override that veto if it musters a strong enough majority.
Represents all cities and towns in New Hampshire.