New Hampshire has a new Governor, — for 2 days

Senate President Chuck Morse, acting Governor of New Hampshire for two days.


CONCORD – New Hampshire has a new Governor — for two days.

The Republican President of the Senate Chuck Morse is in charge between the former Governor Maggie Hassan sworn in as a U.S. Senator, and Gov.-elect Chris Sununu, the inauguration. He approaches the short side trip with a bit of sharp humor.

“In the last four years, I thought I was the Deputy Governor,” he said, pointing to Hassan ‘ s two conditions. The couple fought more often against each other, who credit earned for the state budget and other political achievements.

Morse officially the Governor at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, it was and hold the position until about noon Thursday, when Sununu is sworn in. It is a short stint, but Morse always all the treatment a regular Governor, including a security detail to him every morning, Salem at his house. He was introduced solemnly as a Governor, kick-off Wednesday, house, session, sitting next to speaker Shawn Jasper’s as the members prayed, sang the national anthem and recited the pledge of Allegiance.

Morse, the President of the Senate since 2013, said he has no big plans for his newfound power. He is the decision mostly in the third-floor Senate office, saying he is too superstitious to sit in the governor’s chair. But he is also scheduled to be some of the ceremonial activities of the Governor of the chamber, including the signing of proclamations and photos with members from his home district.

While rare, the situation is not unprecedented. The former Senate President Ralph Hough served as Governor for about a week in the year 1993, when Judd Gregg on the left of the post to a US Senator. Other States have similar or non-standard situations. New Jersey had five governors in eight days in the year 2002.

Morse said, a surprising amount of preparation went in his two-day reign.

The prep, discussions with the departments of safety and Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the allocation of the temporary security detail. To understand, it also talks with the Senate legal counsel, as Morse, the Senate would change the role. Senate President Pro Tempore Sharon Carson presided Wednesday for a short session.

Morse said he is looking to step in to be his successor on the feet.

“I am firmly of the belief that Chris Sununu is the next Governor,” he said.

But someone has walls mark a place on the State House, where Morse could be remembered forever.

Under a printed head shot of Morse will be glued to a second floor wall, read the words, “The Future location of the portrait of the acting Governor Chuck Morse.”

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