Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy Comments on NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner’s Retirement

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3375

Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us


CONCORD – Earlier today, long-time NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner announced his retirement from the office, effective immediately. Per the NH Constitution, Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan will be stepping into the role until another election for that office is held.


Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) issued the following statement:


“I want to thank Secretary Gardner for his 44 years of service to the State of New Hampshire. As the longest serving Secretary of State in the country, Secretary Gardner has helped shape New Hampshire’s nationwide reputation for the unparalleled integrity and security of our elections. Prior to serving as Secretary of State, Secretary Gardner proudly served the residents of my very own Ward 6 in Manchester as a State Representative. As Secretary of State, Bill Gardner has been a steadfast champion for New Hampshire’s First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary—one of our greatest state treasures. Secretary Gardner has fiercely defended our primary over the years, ensuring that Granite Staters play a critical role in our country’s presidential elections. I am deeply grateful to Secretary Gardner for his decades of tireless commitment to the State of New Hampshire, and I look forward to honoring this legacy by ensuring that New Hampshire continues its tradition of robust civic engagement, accessible elections, and ensuring that Granite State voters have confidence in the integrity of our elections.”


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