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New Hampshire House of Representatives

NameNew Hampshire
House of Representatives
LegislatureNew Hampshire General Court
Coa PicSeal of New Hampshire.svg
Session RoomNew Hampshire House of Representatives.jpg
House TypeLower house
Term LimitsNone
New SessionJanuary 5, 2011
Leader1 TypeSpeaker of the House
Leader1William O'Brien
Election1December 1, 2010
Leader2 TypeSpeaker pro Tempore
Leader2Gene G. Chandler
Election2December 1, 2010
Leader3 TypeMajority Leader
Leader3D.J. Bettencourt
Election3December 1, 2010
Leader4 TypeMinority Leader
Leader4Terie Norelli
Election4December 1, 2010
Term Length2 years
AuthorityPart Second, New Hampshire Constitution
Last Election1November 2, 2010
(400 seats)
Next Election1November 6, 2012
(400 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Political Groups1Republican Party (297)
Democratic Party (103)
Meeting PlaceHouse of Representatives Chamber
New Hampshire State Capitol
Concord, New Hampshire

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives is the lower house in the New Hampshire General Court. The House of Representatives consists of 400 members coming from 103 districts across the state, created from divisions of the state's counties. On average, each legislator represents about 3,300 residents. If the same level of representation were present in the U.S. Congress, that body would have approximately 99,000 members, according to current population estimates. Members are paid a salary of $200 per biennium, as are New Hampshire State Senators.

Districts vary in number of seats based on their populations, with the least-populous districts having only one member and the most having 13. In multi-member districts, voters are allowed to cast as many votes as there are seats to be filled, which often results in one party winning all of the seats in the district.

Unlike in many state legislatures, there is no single "aisle" to cross per se, as members of both parties sit partially segregated in five sections. The seat section and number is put on the legislator's motor vehicle license plate, which they pay for if they wish to put one on their personal automobiles, or in the case of the chairpersons and party leaders, their title is put on the legislative plate. Seating location is enforced, as seating is pre-assigned, although the personal preference of the legislator is asked, usually the Chairs and those with special needs are given the more preferred aisle seats. The sixth section is the Speaker's seat at the head of the hall.

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