At 42, New Hampshire's Chris Sununu Will Be Youngest Governor in U.S.

Nov 14, 2016

 

Chris Sununu
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Republican Chris Sununu, who first sat in the New Hampshire governor's seat as a 9-year-old when his dad was inaugurated in 1985, will be the nation's youngest governor in January.

Sununu, who turned 42 last week, is seven months younger than Republican Eric Greitens, who was elected governor of Missouri on Tuesday, and two years younger than South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who currently holds the "youngest" title.

Haley says she's looking forward to working with Sununu, and she's offering a bit of advice: Follow your instincts.

While Sununu will be the nation's youngest governor, he won't be the youngest ever to serve New Hampshire. That distinction goes to Republican Hugh Gregg, who was 35 when he was elected in 1952.