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Granite State elects nation's first all-women delegation

CONCORD _ New Hampshire made history on Tuesday by putting the finishing touches on the first-ever-in-the-nation all-women congressional delegation when voters elected Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster to the U.S. House to join U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte in Washington.

The state, of course, also elected its second woman governor in Maggie Hassan.

Friday, the "woman rule" theme of New Hampshire elected leadership continued when state Senate Democrats chose Sylvia Larsen, D-Concord, as the leader of their minority caucus. It marked the sixth time she has been chosen the Democrats' leader.

She served as Senate President when Democrats controlled the Senate from 2006 through 2010.

In the House, former Speaker Rep. Terie Norelli, D-Portsmouth, is the leading candidate to again become the new Democratic majority's choice for Speaker, while current Deputy Speaker Pam Tucker, R-Greenland, is a strong candidate to become the House Minority Leader. State Rep.-elect Laurie Sanborn, R-Bedford, may also run for House minority leader.

State legislative leadership leaders will be officially chosen on Dec. 5 with Hassan and the new Congress taking office in January.

So, by early January, New Hampshire elected leadership lineup could look like this:

- Governor: Hassan (D)

- U.S. Senators: Shaheen (D), Ayotte (R);

- U.S. Reps. : Shea-Porter (D); Kuster (D)

- New Hampshire House Speaker: Norelli (D)

- House Minority Leader: Tucker or Sanborn (R)

- Senate Minority Leader: Larsen (D).

While Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua, is also running for House speaker, and Rep. Gene Chandler, R-Bartlett, is also running for House minority leader, under this possible scenario, the lone man in the leadership mix would be Senate President Peter Bragdon, R-Milford, who was unofficially named to lead the Senate majority caucus on Wednesday and was chosen in an official caucus vote Friday.


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