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New Hampshire Secretary of State
The Secretary of State of New Hampshire is a constitutional officer in the U.S. state of New Hampshire and serves as the exclusive head of the New Hampshire Department of State. The Secretary of State performs duties of both a legislative branch as well as an executive branch officer. The Secretary of State is elected biannually by ballot of all members of the New Hampshire General Court assembled together. The Secretary of State is required to prepare and distribute election-related items as provided in the state Election code. The Secretary of State has the custody of the State Seal. The current Secretary of State is William M. Gardner.
New Hampshire General Court
|General Court of New Hampshire|
House of Representatives
|President of the Senate||Peter Bragdon, (R)
since December 1, 2010
|Speaker of the House||William L. O’Brien, (R)
since December 1, 2010
|Political groups||Democratic Party
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|New Hampshire State House|
The General Court of New Hampshire is the bicameral state legislature of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. The lower house is the New Hampshire House of Representatives with 400 members. The upper house is the New Hampshire Senate with 24 members. With 424 members, the General Court is the largest state legislature in the United States and the fourth-largest English-speaking legislative body in the world, behind the Parliament of the United Kingdom, the Parliament of India, and the United States Congress. The General Court has one of the greatest disparities in size between chambers of a bicameral legislature.
On November 2, 2010, the New Hampshire General Court returned to Republican party control with 19-5 in the Senate and 298-104 in the House. The General Court convenes in the New Hampshire State House in downtown Concord, just off U.S. Route 3.
 House of Representatives
The House of Representatives consists of 400 members coming from 103 districts across the state created from divisions of the state’s counties each making up about 3,000 residents for every one legislator. If the same level of representation were present in Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives would have approximately 99,000 members according to current population estimates.
Unlike in many legislation halls, there is no central “aisle” to cross, instead there are five sections with aisles between them. Party seating location is not enforced as seating is often decided on the personal preference of the legislator except in the case of the sixth section, which is the speaker’s seat at the head of the hall.
Historically, the House was dominated by the Republican Party, which held a 249–151 majority at the end of the 2004-6 session. However, even with this 98-vote majority, the Republicans were often divided between the more conservative House Republican Alliance and moderates known as the Main Street Republicans. The division was approximately 141 voting with along HRA lines and 110 voting along Main Street lines if the difference is considered to be the 50% line of the HRA’s 2004 scorecard. However, in the 2006 election, the Democrats swept into control of the chamber and held a majority for four years. In November 2010, Republicans won by landslides in both the House and the Senate.
 Composition of the House of Representatives
 New Hampshire Senate
The New Hampshire Senate has been meeting since 1784. It consists of 24 members representing Senate districts based on population. Currently, there are 19 Republicans and 5 Democrats in the Senate.
 Composition of the Senate