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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Aug. 27, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan, Executive Councilors meet in Garrison City

Aug. 23, 2015
WMUR: Center honoring late Executive Councilor Ray Burton opens
NHPR: The Raymond S. Burton Museum and Learning Center opens

Aug. 15, 2015
NHPR: Sununu, Hassan Continue To Spar Over Rejected Planned Parenthood Contract

Aug. 14, 2015
WMUR: Sununu offers to help state agency find alternative to Planned Parenthood
Concord Monitor: Executive Councilor Chris Sununu calls on state to find Planned Parenthood alternatives

Aug. 9, 2015
Union Leader: NH clinic cuts could put women at risk, official says

Aug. 8, 2015
NH1: Did Councilor Chris Sununu, R-Newfields, have a choice but to oppose Planned Parenthood?

Aug. 7, 2015
NHPR: Two Perspectives: Sununu Explains De-Funding Vote; Planned Parenthood Responds

Aug. 6, 2015
NH1: Sununu key vote in rejection of NH Planned Parenthood contract
NHPR: State Funding For N.H. Planned Parenthood Denied In 3-2 Vote
Seacoast Online: Executive Council rejects Planned Parenthood funding
Union Leader: NH Executive Council votes to cut funding for Planned Parenthood
WMUR: Political analyst says Planned Parenthood decision will impact 2016 elections
WMUR: Executive Council rejects Planned Parenthood funding
Concord Monitor: Citing concerns about Planned Parenthood videos, Executive Council rejects agency’s family planning funding
Concord Monitor: Executive council approves managed care contract despite mental health funding dispute
Nashua Telegraph: Planned Parenthood deal rejected

Aug. 5, 2015
NH1: NH Executive Council faces showdown vote over Planned Parenthood contracts
NHPR: Funding For N.H. Planned Parenthood On the Table
Union Leader: Executive Council to vote on Planned Parenthood funding
WMUR: Council to vote on Planned Parenthood contract Wednesday
Concord Monitor: N.H. Executive Council to decide fate of Planned Parenthood contract
Concord Monitor: Executive Council to vote on new Medicaid contract Wednesday

July 23, 2015
Union Leader: Solar project in Manchester voted down by Executive Council
WMUR: New Hampshire Primary Source: Chris Sununu undecided on Planned Parenthood contract

July 3, 2015
WMUR: Van Ostern fires back at Texas governor in Houston Chronicle op-ed

June 25, 2015
Concord Monitor: Executive Council approves managed care ‘stopgap,’ Medicaid billing changes

April 28, 2015
WMUR: Sununu cuts back on role at Waterville Valley as he considers run for governor
Union Leader: Chris Sununu says he will consider a run for governor

March 17, 2015
Eagle-Tribune: Executive Council nixes MBTA study extension for Plaistow

Feb. 27, 2015
Eagle-Tribune: Executive Council delays MBTA study request
NH1: NH GOP move to delay federal grant okay sparks rebuke

Jan. 29, 2015
WMUR: Executive Council approves $13M state contract with FairPoint
Concord Monitor: Executive Council approves New Hampshire’s $13 million contract with FairPoint

Jan. 2, 2015
Nashua Telegraph: Milford’s Wheeler keeps an “open mind” on rail expansion, says Nashua-only link may be best option

Executive Council Meetings

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

2013 meetings:

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