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Encyclopedia > New Hampshire House of Representatives

The New Hampshire General Court is the state legislature of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. It is a bicameral body composed of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and the New Hampshire Senate. State legislatures are the lawmaking bodies of the 50 states in the United States of America. ... A U.S. state is any one of the 50 states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, together with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... State nickname: The Granite State Other U.S. States Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Governor John Lynch Official languages English Area 24,239 km² (46th)  - Land 23,249 km²  - Water 814 km² (3. ...


The General Court meets in the state capital of Concord, New Hampshire, downtown just off of Route 3. Concord is the capital of New Hampshire, a state of the United States of America. ...


Current Makeup

Historically, both bodies of the General Court have been dominated by the Republican Party, which retained a reduced majority in both bodies in the 2004 election. 251-147 in the House and 16-8 in the Senate. However in the house, the Republicans are often divided between the Neo-Conservatives/Ultra-Conservatives known as the Republican House Alliance and Moderates known as the Main Street Republicans. The division is approximately 141 voting with along RHA lines and 110 voting along Main Street lines if the difference is considered to be the 50% line of the RHA's 2004 Scorecard. The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...


If these divisions are taken into account, Democrats currently have 37% of the seats, the RHA has 35%, and Main Street has 28%.


Currently, the Speaker of the House is Douglas Scamman from Stratham and the President of the Senate is Tom Eaton from Keene. Scamman returned to the Speaker position which he held in the 1980s due to the 2004 Corn Roast Scandal of the prior Speaker, Gene Chandler from Bartlett. Scamman's ascension to the speakership was due in large part to the swing vote of the Main Street Republicans allying with the Democrats against RHA's support of Chandler. Gene Chandler, was born Eugene Dixon, July 6, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois. ...


Uniqueness Among Legislatures

With 400 members in the lower house(The House of Representatives) and 24 members in the upper house(The Senate), New Hampshire's General Court is the third largest English speaking legislature in the world, second only to the United States Congress and the Parliament of the United Kingdom.


This fact in addition to New Hampshire's relatively small size among states gives a level of representation almost unheard of elsewhere, one Representative per every approximately 3000 people. If the same level of representation were present in the U.S Congress, the U.S House of Representatives would have approximately 99,000 members according to current U.S Census Population estimates.


External links

  • Official website

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New Hampshire General Court - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (333 words)
The New Hampshire General Court is the state legislature of the U.S. state of New Hampshire.
It is a bicameral body composed of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and the New Hampshire Senate.
However in the house, the Republicans are often divided between the neo-conservatives/ultra-conservatives known as the Republican House Alliance and moderates known as the Main Street Republicans.
Representative Peter Burling & a. v. Gene Chandler, Speaker of the House & a. (6259 words)
In addition, Wakefield was a single-member district with one representative for the town’s population of 3,057 and Wolfeboro was a single-member district with one representative for the town’s population of 4,807.
In New Hampshire, the ideal population for a district with three representatives is 3,089 multiplied by 3, or 9,267.
For example, the relative deviation for a single-member district in New Hampshire with a population of 4,000 is calculated by subtracting 3,089 from 4,000 and dividing the difference (+911) by 3,089.
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