After more than 40 years in office, N.H. Secretary of State Bill Gardner to step down

New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner, who earned a national reputation as gatekeeper of the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, announced Monday that he will retire in the coming days. Gardner has held the office since December 1976, when he was elected at the age of 28. He’s the longest-serving secretary of state in the nation. “I just think that it’s time,” told reporters at a press conference in his cramped State House office Monday. New Hampshire Public Radio. 

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