New Hampshire’s state legislature is at the heart of its political culture. The Granite State prides itself on the legislature’s intensely local brand of politics, in which representatives remain highly attuned and accountable to their constituents. In this article, we explore whether state representatives still possess strong local ties.
We use biographical data to examine whether legislators build robust local public service experience before joining the legislature. We conclude that the latest generations of New Hampshire state legislators were less likely over the past decade to bring significant local experience with them to the legislature. This decline occurred among both women and men, and Democrats and Republicans.
Scala, Dante J. and Scacchi, J. Mitchell
"All Politics, No Longer Local? A Study of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, 2001-2021,"
New England Journal of Political Science: Vol. 13:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/nejps/vol13/iss1/7