New Hampshire House Dems select Steve Shurtleff as new minority leader

Last modified: Thursday, November 13, 2014
State Rep. Steve Shurtleff of Penacook signaled an intent to focus on protecting Medicaid expansion and to work on increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage after his selection as House minority leader yesterday afternoon. The new leader of the New Hampshire House Democratic Caucus said the unanimous vote on his behalf underscores the group’s solidarity that, he hopes, will strengthen their effectiveness in the forthcoming session.

The Democrats also nominated Candace Bouchard as House clerk and Walter Sword as House sergeant-at-arms at yesterday’s caucus, according to a press release.

The Republicans are expected to choose next week between Reps. Bill O’Brien, Gene Chandler and Laurie Sanborn for speaker of the House. O’Brien and Chandler both previously held the position. Last week, Senate Republicans reaffirmed Chuck Morse for another term as Senate president while Senate Democrats elected Jeff Woodburn as minority leader.