The New Hampshire State Senate was established in the New Hampshire Constitution of 1784. The Senate consists of twenty-four members who are elected every two years. A “citizen legislature,” the senators are paid $100 a year.

The 2021-2022 Senate roster is made up of fourteen Republicans and ten Democrats. Overall, there are fourteen men and ten women in this legislative body.

The President of the Senate is Republican Chuck Morse of Salem. As the Constitution states, the senate president serves as “acting governor” whenever the governor is out of the state or otherwise unable to perform the duties of the office. In addition to Senate President Morse, the Senate is run by a leadership team that includes:

Senate Leadership
President: Senator Chuck Morse of Salem

President Pro Tempore: Senator Sharon M. Carson of Londonderry
Majority Leader: Senator Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro
Democratic Leader: Senator Donna M. Soucy of Manchester
Deputy Democratic Leader: Senator Cindy Rosenwald of Nashua
Finance Committee Chair: Senator Gary L. Daniels of Milford
Dean of the Senate: Senator Lou D'Allesandro of Manchester

For the 2021-2022 legislative session, the Senate has twelve standing committees: Capital Budget; Commerce; Education; Election Law and Municipal Affairs; Energy & Natural Resources; Executive Departments & Administration; Finance; Health & Human Services; Judiciary; Rules & Enrolled Bills; Transportation and Ways & Means. Each committee is led by a chair and vice-chair who preside over all public hearings.

Senators are paid $100 a year as stipulated by the New Hampshire Constitution. They also receive mileage reimbursements for official travel. To be eligible to run for the Senate, a candidate must be at least 30 years of age, have lived in New Hampshire for at least seven years immediately preceding the election, and reside in the district from which he or she is seeking election. All vacancies are filled by special elections.

You can contact the New Hampshire Senate here or here to find your senator.

For more information about the New Hampshire Senate history, click here.