Hassan to resign effective Jan. 3, Morse to become acting governor

  • Gov. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., left and Senate President Chuck Morse right, listen as Gov.-elect Chris Sununu speaks at the Governor's agency budget hearings Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • Sen. Chuck Morse speaks with the Monitor editorial board on Monday, June 22, 2015.(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Published: 12/14/2016 11:17:55 PM
Hassan to resign; Morse to become acting leader

Gov. Maggie Hassan said she will resign effective Jan. 3, 2017, as she prepares for her next job as a U.S. senator.

Because she can’t be sworn into the Senate while holding another office, Hassan, a Democrat, is following the precedent set by former Republican Gov. Judd Gregg, who joined the Senate in 1993.

Hassan will resign at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 2 in advance of her swearing-in as senator on Jan. 3. Effective midnight on Jan. 3, Republican Senate President Chuck Morse will be acting governor until Republican Gov.-elect Chris Sununu’s inauguration on Jan. 5.

Hassan said Wednesday she informed legislative leadership from both parties and Sununu of her intentions.

Associated Press

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