On Wednesday, the Executive Council voted 3-2 to confirm the nomination of Senator Jerry Little of New London as the next Banking Commissioner. Senator Little will assume his new office on June 2nd, when the current legislative session is slated to end.
Executive Councilors Chris Pappas and Colin Van Ostern voted against the nomination, citing Senator Little's prior work as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Bankers Association. His experience in that regard, however, seems to us to be a big plus (obviously Governor Hassan thought it was). If people are going to be disqualified from holding executive branch offices just because they previously worked for or advocated for portions of the industry that they will be regulating, then the State is going to be disqualifying some of the most talented and knowledgeable people for the jobs.
Now you can add a third Senate seat to the line of political dominoes that we reported on last week (the other two being Senator Forrester and Senator Prescott, who are running for Governor and Executive Councilor, respectively). If history is any indicator, there may well be other Senators who decide to pack it in and not seek another term. We'll know all that by June.