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Citing poor health, Nottingham Republican House member steps down 

By: - April 26, 2023 5:09 pm
Empty seats in the House chamber

Prior to his resignation, Rep. Benjamin Bartlett had participated in only one of the 135 roll call votes held so far this session. (Ethan DeWitt | New Hampshire Bulletin)

Rep. Benjamin Bartlett, a Nottingham Republican, stepped down from the House Wednesday. He cited health issues that have “taken longer than I anticipated” to resolve. 

Bartlett’s resignation brings the margin between House Republicans and Democrats down to four, with Republicans holding a 200-196 majority. 

Prior to his resignation, Bartlett had participated in only one of the 135 roll call votes held so far this session; 131 of his missed votes were marked excused for illness. 

“I’m not representing my constituents and that’s not fair to them,” Bartlett said in an interview. 

He told the Bulletin that House leadership approached him this week about his poor attendance, and he made the decision to resign based on that conversation. 

Under state statute, either Nottingham or Northwood, the towns he represented, may request a special election to replace him. 

Statutory requirements indicate that a primary election would need to be held around June and the full special election would likely fall around September. 

The timeline means there won’t be a replacement in Bartlett’s old seat before the end of the session in June. 

Ethan DeWitt contributed to this report.

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Beatrice Burack
Beatrice Burack

Bea was a reporter intern. She brought experience with the federal legislative process, NH political campaigns, and environmental policy to the NH Bulletin, where she primarily covers state politics and environmental issues.