Governor of New Hampshire

head of state and of government of the U.S. state of New Hampshire

The Governor of New Hampshire is the head of the executive branch of New Hampshire's state government.

Governor of New Hampshire
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Chris Sununu

since January 5, 2017
ResidenceBridges House
SeatConcord, New Hampshire
Term lengthTwo years, no term limit
Constituting instrumentNew Hampshire Constitution of 1776
PrecursorGovernor of New Hampshire (Great Britain)
Inaugural holderMeshech Weare
FormationJune 15, 1776
(244 years ago)
SuccessionEvery two years, unless reelected
Salary$113,834 (2013)[2]

Elections for the governor happen every two years. They happen in November of years that end in an even number. New Hampshire and Vermont are the only states that have elections for governor every two years.[3] Every other state has elections for governor every four years. The state's 82nd governor is Republican Chris Sununu. He became governor on January 5, 2017.

In New Hampshire, there are no term limits for governors. This means that the same person can be governor many times in a row. The only person to serve more than three terms since the 18th century was John Lynch. Lynch was elected to his fourth two-year term on November 2, 2010. John Taylor Gilman had been the last governor before Lynch to serve longer than six years. Lynch was governor for 14 one-year terms between 1794 and 1816.

Someone who wants to be governor needs to be at least 30 years old, a registered voter, and to have lived in New Hampshire for at least seven years. [4]


  1. "State Constitution > Executive Power – Governor". State of New Hampshire. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  2. "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  3. Mahnken, Kevin (November 8, 2016). "You're Probably Not Voting for Governor Today. That's Bad News for Democrats". The New Republic. ISSN 0028-6583. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  4. "Qualifications for NH state offices".

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