Familiar Faces Elected As Leaders In N.H. House And Senate

Dec 5, 2012

Terie Norelli

The leaders appointed by the newly elected state Legislature Wednesday are familiar faces.

The House of Representatives, which now holds a Democratic majority, elected Terie Norelli, D-Portsmouth, as the Speaker of the House for the next two-year session. 

Norelli served as Speaker of the House from 2006 to 2010. Democrats nominated Norelli for the position again during a caucus in November. Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua, was also seeking the position.

On the Senate side, Peter Bragdon, R-Milford, was re-elected as the leader by a unanimous vote. The Senate maintained a Republican majority by a slim 13-11 margin.

"Similar to the last two years, I expect the 2013-2014 session on the Senate side will be efficient, transparent and anchored by a no nonsense approach to conducting business for the taxpayers of New Hampshire," Bragdon said in a press release. 

Among Bragdon's top priorities for the next session will be to target education aid to the students who need it most and building a balanced budget without new or increased taxes or fees.

Sen. Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, will serve as majority leader, while Sen. Bob Odell, R-Lempster, will serve as president pro tem. Sen. Sylvia Larsen, D-Concord, will serve as minority leader.