Chris Sununu Elected N.H. Governor, Continuing Family's Political Legacy

Nov 9, 2016

Republican Chris Sununu has defeated Democrat Colin Van Ostern to become New Hampshire's next governor and the nation's youngest at 42.

He will replace Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who ran for U.S. Senate. Sununu's father, John H. Sununu, served as governor in the 1980s.

Both Chris Sununu and Van Ostern worked together on the governor's Executive Council but spent much of the campaign criticizing each other's day jobs.

Van Ostern argued that the Waterville Valley ski resort suffered under Sununu's management, while Sununu said the few years Van Ostern spent working at Southern New Hampshire University and Stonyfield Yogurt hardly make him a business leader.

Sununu is two years younger than the current youngest governor, South Carolina's Nikki Haley.