Saturday, March 8, 2008

The Governor of the State of New Hampshire is the supreme executive magistrate of the U.S. state of New Hampshire.
The Governor is elected at the biennial state general election in November of even-numbered years. New Hampshire is one of only two states, along with bordering Vermont, to hold gubernatorial elections every two years as opposed to every four. Currently, the Governor is John Lynch from Hopkinton, who has served since 2005 and is the state's ninetieth governor. New Hampshire has no term limit of any kind.
Unlike in many other states in which Executive Councils are merely advisory, the Executive Council of New Hampshire has a strong check on the Governor's power. The five member Executive Council has a veto over many actions of the Governor. Together the Governor and Executive Council approve contracts with a value of $5,000 or more, approve pardons, and appoint the directors and commissioners, judges, the Attorney General and officers in the National Guard.
The Governor has the sole power to veto bills and command the state National Guard.

Governor of New Hampshire History
From 1786 to 1791, "President of the State of New Hampshire" was the official style of the position, until the New Hampshire Constitution was amended to replace "President" with "Governor."