Concord, NH – Today the New Hampshire House is electing its new speaker to replace Shawn Jasper, who is leaving to become the state agriculture commissioner. Jasper’s resignation takes effect at 9:59 this morning, a minute before the House session begins.
Republicans, who hold a majority in the House, on Tuesday picked Deputy Speaker Gene Chandler from Bartlett as their nominee. Chandler, who is in his 18th year in the House, previously served as speaker from 2001 to 2004.
Governor Chris Sununu Released a statement about the nomination saying “Representative Chandler is a strong, principled conservative, and I applaud the Republican House Caucus’ decision today to support him as House Speaker….I look forward to working with Representative Chandler in the upcoming legislative session and over the course of the next year, so we can continue to make New Hampshire the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”
On the Democratic side, Rep. Steve Shurtleff of Concord is the only candidate, and Rep. Jim McConnell of Swanzey was nominated as a Libertarian.
The voting gets underway Thursday morning.