Today, Secretary of State Bill Gardner, the longest serving Secretary of State in the Nation, having held the office since 1976, announced his retirement.
In response to Gardner's Retirement, NHDP Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement:
“Over the past six decades New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner has played an important and historic role with not only NH’s Elections but the nation’s.
Bill Gardner’s record-making length of service has seen dramatic changes in our elections but the one constant has been the exemplary quality of the elections in New Hampshire. We must continue this tradition with the next Secretary of State.
Bill Gardner’s 44 year diligence in preserving the state’s status as the First in the Nation Primary has been laudable and has served the nation well.
We all look forward to hearing about New Hampshire history from Bill for many years to come.”