Jerry Little

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Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan is at odds with the two executive councilors from her own party over her nominee to lead the state's banking department.

The Executive Council voted 3-2 to confirm Jerry Little, a Republican state senator, to serve as the next commissioner. Democratic councilors Colin Van Ostern and Chris Pappas voted against his nomination Wednesday, citing his previous work heading the New Hampshire Bankers Association, which includes the industry's lobbying arm.

The state’s Executive Council met Friday to discuss the appointment of state Senator Jerry Little to the position of banking commissioner by Governor Maggie Hassan.

Little, a Republican from Weare, previously spent 20 years as a lobbyist for New Hampshire’s banking industry, and he faced skeptical questions based on that record from Democratic councilor Colin Van Ostern.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

  New Hampshire residents have a chance this week to weigh in on Governor Maggie Hassan’s nominee to lead the Banking Department.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

As a former lobbyist for the New Hampshire banking industry, Jerry Little had little trouble raising money for his 2014 campaign for state Senate.


Of the more than $100,000 in contributions Little collected, more than a third came from donors with ties to the financial sector. Little, a Republican, went on to win his race by a comfortable margin.