The Executive Council
The Executive Council of the State of New Hampshire has the authority and responsibility, together with the Governor, over the administration of the affairs of the State. Executive Councilors serve as advocates for the people, representing one-fifth of the state's population each or approximately 300,000 citizens in District 5. As the highest elected body in New Hampshire, the five Councilors participate in the active management of the state including:
- Serving as a watchdog for taxpayers by reviewing and approving nearly all of the $5-$6 billion that is appropriated annually by the State Legislature, including all personal service contracts over $10,000 and all contracts over $25,000.
- Serving as a check on the Governor and the state treasury to ensure that state departments do not spend more than what has been authorized by the legislature.
- Approving all appointments of Judges, Commissioners, Department Heads, Notary Public, Justice of Peace, Commissioners of Deeds, and over 300 citizens who serve on state agencies, boards, and commissions (list of commissions and boards)
- Ensuring that those appointed to the executive branch of state government are all responsible to the citizens of New Hampshire and not to special interests.
- Overseeing the state's infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and rail, via management and oversight of the state's 10 year Highway Plan.