House Speaker Terie Norelli Will Not Seek Re-election This Fall

Apr 21, 2014

New Hampshire Speaker of the House Terie Norelli is not expected to seek re-election this fall.

"After six years as Speaker and 18 years in the legislature, it is time to turn over the gavel to the next generation of leaders," Norelli said in a statement. "I have tremendous confidence in the membership of the Democratic Caucus and believe they will hold the majority and continue fight for the values we share.”

Members of the New Hampshire Congressional delegation and the state Democratic and Republican parties are already reacting to the news this morning.

"A terrific public servant and friend! New Hampshire is in great shape thanks to 's leadership. ," Rep. Carol Shea-Porter tweeted this morning.

From the New Hampshire Democratic Party: We thank for her strong leadership, countless accomplishments, & for building a strong caucus that will hold the majority.

And from the New Hampshire Republican Chairman Jennifer Horn: "Speaker Norelli's announcement today serves as an implicit admission that Democrats realize they will lose their majority in the New Hampshire House of Representatives."

The Portsmouth Democrat served as speaker from 2006 to 2010, the first person to lead a Democratic majority in the House in more than 100 years.

She regained the post last year when Democrats took back control of the House from Republicans.

She has served in the House for 18 years.