NH Republican Caucus - Sen. Morse Secures Unanimous Republican Support for Senate Presidency

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Looks forward to conversations with Senate Democrats ahead of next week’s vote

Concord, NH – Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Morse (R-Salem) has secured the unanimous support of the 13-member Republican Caucus in his bid to become the next Senate President.  A simple majority of the Senate’s 24 members is required to elect a successor to Senate President Bragdon when the body meets on September 3rd.

Senate Republicans met on Tuesday morning to discuss selecting a new Senate President.  Following the caucus, Sen. Morse said:  “I am honored to have the unanimous support of my fellow Republican Senators.  As under the leadership of President Bragdon, our caucus remains committed to responsibly managing state government while enacting policies that will encourage job growth and improve our economy.  I am humbled the caucus has entrusted me to lead as we continue those efforts.” 

“In the days ahead I look forward to talking with members of the Democratic Caucus in order to gain their support ahead of the Senate meeting next week,” continued Sen. Morse.  “As our work over the last year has shown us, there is much more that unites us than divides us, and by seeking to expand those areas of agreement, and reiterating my pledge to lead the Senate in an open, honest, and transparent manner, I am confident I can earn their votes next Tuesday.”

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) said:  “As a small business owner, Sen. Morse understands how to manage and how to meet a payroll.  Equally as important, he understands the challenges facing our economy – its employers and its employees – and has a proven track record of championing legislation to ease those burdens and make New Hampshire a better place to live and work.  Those qualities, along with his unquestioned integrity and work ethic, make Sen. Morse the right person to lead the Senate at this important time.” 

Sen. Bradley continued, “It has been a true pleasure working with President Bragdon over the last three years.  All of us have appreciated his steadfast leadership, his commitment to ethics, and his sincere friendship during his time as Senate President.  I look forward to working with Sen. Morse as he fills the big shoes President Bragdon is leaving behind.”

Senate President Bragdon has announced he will call the Senate back into session on Tuesday, September 3rd at 10:00am in order for him to officially step down from his position and to give members the opportunity to elect a new president.