State Senator (NH-3)

Employer / Organization

New Hampshire State Senate District 3

Next Election

Nov 03, 2020

Filing Window

Jun 03, 2020 - Jun 12, 2020


A New Hampshire State Senator serves in the upper house of the bicameral New Hampshire State Legislature. New Hampshire has 24 senators, who each represent one district within the state. Each senator represents about 55,291 constituents from their respective districts. Primary responsibilities of a senator include, developing budget packages, making taxation decisions, passing legislation, allocating spending, and redistricting in collaboration with other senators and the house of representatives. Additionally, the senate has the exclusive authority to try officials impeached by the house in addition to authorizing certain executive appointments. Leadership in the senate is guided by the Senate President, who, after being chosen by the majority party caucus, and elected by the entire senate body, is charged with assigning each senator to various committees and leadership positions. A New Hampshire senator serves a two-year term, with no limit on the number of terms served. The salary of the position is $200 per two-year term, with no per diem for every day in session.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the New Hampshire Secretary of State Elections Division to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain candidacy filing paperwork. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including, a declaration of intent, petition requirements, a filing fee, campaign finance forms and other office specific requirements. Inquire into primary election details if you plan to run as a partisan candidate. Next file these papers with the appropriate filing officer. If you plan to run as an independent you must gain a stipulated amount of nomination paper signatures. The amount of signatures varies by office. These signatures must be submitted to be certified by town or city Supervisors of the Checklist by the Wednesday 5 weeks before the primary. 3) Submit the filing paperwork with the required signatures or filing fee by the filing window deadline to the applicable election official in order to appear on the primary or general election ballot in November. The filing window during which a candidate must file their declaration of intent is from the first Wednesday in June and the Friday of the following week. The New Hampshire Secretary of State Elections Division, which serves as the point of contact for any questions or concerns, can be reached at (603) 271-3242. The election calendar and other pertinent information can be found here: