If you're anything like us, we didn't have NH government all figured out. Our friends at Indivisible NH gave us some quick notes to get us up to speed:
What does the NH Government look like?
There are three branches of New Hampshire Government: Legislative, Executive and Judicial
What is the Legislative Branch?
The Legislative Branch (known as the General Court) includes:
- NH Senate: 24 members, 2 year terms, Currently 10 Democrats, 14 Republicans
- NH House of Representatives, 400 Members from 204 Legislative Districts (It's HUGE): Currently 173 Democrats, 226 Republicans, and 1 Libertarian
Senators and Representatives write and pass laws. Often you'll be seeing calendar events for Public Hearings where the public is invited to give their input before deciding on passing a law. Laws must pass House and Senate to be approved. Interesting notes: when you call State Representatives it's usually their home phone! Also, if the Governor is absent, the Senate President serves in their place!
What is the Executive Branch?
The Executive Branch includes:
- The Governor: Chris Sununu, Republican (2 year term)
- The Executive Council: 5 members, 2 Democrats, 3 Republicans (2 year terms)
What is the Judicial Branch?
The court system is the Judicial Branch of government. Courts interpret and apply laws. There are four courts in NH, highest to lowest they are: The Supreme Court (state), Superior Court (county), District Court (smaller lawsuits and small claims), Probate Court (wills, estates, guardianship). Judges are appointed by the Governor and the Executive Council and have no term limit.
Sources for this info sheet came from Indivisible NH and NH.gov