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.

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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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April 14, 2014
Union Leader: Burton remembered for service, loyalty

March 27, 2014
Union Leader: Ray Burton's years of service to NH to be honored

March 13, 2014
Union Leader: Newly elected, Kenney ready to replace Burton on Executive Council
WMUR: Analysis: Only takeaway from Executive Council election is that GOP's Kenney won
Concord Monitor: Republican wins District 1 Executive Council seat
Citizen of Laconia: Kenney defeats Cryans, will fill Ray Burton’s seat in District 1
NHPR: Kenney wins Executive Council seat to replace Burton

March 12, 2014
Concord Monitor: District 1 Executive Council race too close to call
Conway Daily Sun: Cryans, Kenney in close race for Executive Council
Citizen of Laconia: No clear winner for Executive Council seat
Union Leader: Kenney, state GOP declare victory in Executive Council race
WMUR: GOP claims victory in Exec Council special election

March 11, 2014
WMUR: Day before Executive Council special election, parties focused on turnout
NHPR: Northern NH voters set to pick new District 1 executive councilor
Conway Daily Sun: Cryans vs. Kenney: Who will fill Burton's seat on the Executive Council?

March 9, 2014
Union Leader: Candidates learn District 1 is a big area with a 'small-town' feel

March 7, 2014
NHPR: County commissioner, former state lawmaker vie to replace Ray Burton in Executive Council race

March 6, 2014
Concord Monitor: Candidates campaign for NH Executive Council in District 1

March 4, 2014
Union Leader: John DiStaso's Granite Status: Hassan, Ayotte taking sides in Executive Council race

March 2, 2014
Citizen of Laconia: Cryans talks Burton, Planned Parenthood

March 1, 2014
Union Leader: Wine buying trip to Italy seen as conflict

Feb. 26, 2014
Union Leader: Democrats say Cryans has support among Republicans in North Country Executive Council race

Feb. 22, 2014
Citizen of Laconia: Education union endorses Cryans for Executive Council

Feb. 21, 2014
Union Leader: John DiStaso's Granite Status: Executive Council race getting nasty as NHGOP mailer hits Cryans' 'liberal agenda'

Feb. 15, 2014
WMUR: Overlook, welcome center named in Burton's honor

Feb. 14, 2014
Concord Monitor: Bill names overlook, welcome center after Burton
Eagle-Tribune: NH to honor Burton with scenic overlook
Union Leader: I-93 welcome center, overlook honoring Ray Burton OK'd

Feb. 12, 2014
Conway Daily Sun: What does an executive councilor do, exactly?

Feb. 10, 2014
Conway Daily Sun: Cryans covering a lot of ground in race for Executive Council

Feb. 4, 2014
Concord Monitor: Burton’s siblings endorse Democrat Cryans in Executive Council race

Feb. 3, 2014
Union Leader: Cryans endorsed by Burton family members in Executive Council race

Executive Council Meetings

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

2013 meetings:

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