Executive Council Districts

Each of New Hampshire's five Executive Councilors represents a district. Click on the District on the map below to access information on the representatives for each district.  Click here to see the candidates for the District 1 Special Election.

  District 4 District 3 District 2 District 1 District 5

Overview of Executive Council

The New Hampshire Constitution of 1783 included the establishment of "five councilors, for advising the governor in the executive part of government." This is commonly known as the Executive Council.

The specific powers, duties and responsibilities of the council have been defined over the years by the constitution, amendments, New Hampshire laws, and advisory opinions from the state Supreme Court and Attorney General.

There are five councilors representing five districts, each district encompassing about 247,000 residents. Councilors are paid about $15,000 per year, with some variation according to each Councilor's expenses.

Councilors are elected every two years on the same election cycle as the governor, which means all five council seats are up for election in 2014.

The council's duties and responsibilities, as outlined in an Executive Council overview, include:

  • Conduct all major executive branch business in public with the press present;
  • Approve both the receipt and expenditures of state and federal funds, budgetary transfers within the department and all contracts with a value of $5,000 or more of all state departments and agencies;
  • Approve the spending of a major portion of the approximately $3.9 billion dollars appropriated by the legislature each year;
  • Oversee the state treasury to insure state departments do not spend more than was authorized by the legislature, nor allocate funds for items or services that the legislature has not sanctioned;
  • Approve the appointments for Notary Public, Justice of Peace, Commissioners of Deeds and pardon requests;
  • Confirm the governor's appointments to unclassified state positions including commissioners, deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners, as well as judicial nominations to district, superior and supreme courts, and medical referees and military officers;
  • Oversee the state's 10-year highway plan, which is a blueprint for improving the state's transportation infrastructure, in particular roads and bridges;
  • Oversee the behavior of those who are appointed to the executive branch of state government, whether commissioners, department heads or citizens members of the various of regulatory boards, agencies and commissions to make sure they are responsible to the citizens of New Hampshire and not to special interests.
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Executive Council News

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Oct. 21, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Executive councilor on campaign trail backs commuter rail 

Oct. 17, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: State Senate, Executive Council candidates tackle the issues at Chamber forum

Oct. 16, 2014
Concord Monitor: Fresh faces on Executive Council bring new perspective
Concord Monitor: In Executive Council race, Van Ostern a heavy favorite
Concord Monitor: Governor, executive councilor spar over reappointment vote

Oct. 12, 2014
Keene Sentinel: Sheehan makes case for District 5 council seat

Oct. 5, 2014
Keene Sentinel: Van Ostern talks issues at Keene Sentinel editorial board 

Oct. 3, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Transportation, health care priorities for Pappas as executive councilor 

Oct. 2, 2014
NHPR: Executive Council confirms three new judges
Union Leader: Executive Council approves removal of Exit 12 Merrimack tollbooths
Union Leader: Hassan withholds nominations for SEC
Concord Monitor: Hassan delays vote to confirm Odell, Merrill to energy siting committee

Sept. 30, 2014
Union Leader: Executive councilors raise questions about Hassan nominations

Sept. 23, 2014
WMUR: Van Ostern picks up endorsement of GOP predecessor

Sept. 19, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: State commission denies Stawasz’s ballot bid for Governor Council

Sept. 18, 2014
Concord Monitor: GOP support for Democrat Pappas causes dustup

Sept. 11, 2014
Union Leader: Rematches set in District 1 and 4 Executive Council race
Foster's Daily Democrat: Pappas, Burns to square off in Council District 4 race

Sept. 10, 2014
NHPR: Wheeler, Sheehan, Burns top in Executive Council primaries
Union Leader: GOP's Wheeler, Burns lead in Executive Council races
Concord Monitor: Executive Council District 4: Repeat tilt pits Pappas vs. Burns
Nashua Telegraph: Sheehan, Wheeler win primaries in Executive Council race

Sept. 7, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: Executive Council candidates square off on both sides of the aisle in NH District 5

Sept. 3, 2014
Union Leader: Executive Council looks to streamline meetings

Sept. 2, 2014
Concord Monitor: Bob Burns, Jim Adams tout personal backgrounds in Executive Council Republican primary
Concord Monitor: Pappas waiting in wings in Executive Council District 4 race

Sept. 1, 2014
Keene Sentinel: District 5 candidates for Executive Council talk issues before primary

Executive Council Meetings

Since April 2013, approved minutes of meetings have been made available as downloadable documents here.

2013 meetings:

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