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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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

Dec. 26, 2014
Union Leader: NH has king to thank for executive council

Dec. 24, 2014
Union Leader: FairPoint strike prompts delay in state contract
WMUR: Executive council delays vote on state's FairPoint contract
Concord Monitor: Amid concerns about service, Executive Council holds back on five-year agreement with FairPoint

Dec. 23, 2014
WMUR: Executive Council to debate state's FairPoint contract

Dec. 7, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: NH Executive Council approves extension of rail study contract

Dec. 4, 2014
NHPR: Executive Council confirms nominees to energy siting body
Concord Monitor: Executive Council approves extension of rail study period
Concord Monitor: Executive council confirms SEC nomination

Nov. 6, 2014
Union Leader: Republicans take control of House and Executive Council
Keene Sentinel: Van Ostern, Wheeler elected to Executive Council 

Nov. 5, 2014
Citizen of Laconia; Kenney defeats Cryans to return to Executive Council
Concord Monitor: Pappas, Van Ostern win new terms on Executive Council

Nov. 4, 2014
Citizen of Laconia: Cryans makes a second go at Executive Council seat
Citizen of Laconia: Kenney vies for re-election to Executive Council
Foster's Daily Democrat: Van Ostern’s opponent is unable to campaign

Nov. 3, 2014
Keene Sentinel: Two compete to represent NH Executive Council District 2

Nov. 2, 2014
Seacoast Online: Rich political traditions mark 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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