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State Senator Appointed As Banking Commissioner

A local state senator has been nominated by NH Governor Maggie Hassan to become the next commissioner of the state’s banking department.

60-year-old Jerry Little is a republican out of Weare, who also serves the communities of Newport, Grantham, Sunapee, New London, and several other towns in the region. Gov. Hassan made the announcement in a press release Tuesday, saying that Little’s experience and background in finance make him the ideal candidate to serve in the role.

Little – who is in his first term as a state senator – had previously worked as the president of the New Hampshire Bankers Association for 20 years before retiring in 2011.

Little will now have to be approved by the state’s Executive Council, with a decision coming as soon as March. The state is currently mulling holding a special election, considering that Little would have to give up his Senate seat to take the position.

If approved, Little would be replacing former commissioner Glen Perlow who recently stepped down from the role.

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