CONCORD — During Thursday’s House organizational caucus, Rep. Matt Wilhelm, D-Manchester, was elected to serve as Democratic, nominee for Speaker.
Rep. Alexis Simpson, D-Exeter, will assume duties as chairwoman of the NH House Democratic Victory Campaign Committee.
Wilhelm said: “I am grateful to my colleagues in the House for having chosen me and Representative Simpson to lead at one of the most important moments in the history of the institution. At a time when protecting abortion rights, strengthening public education, and addressing the high costs of living are at the very forefront of Granite Staters’ minds, I believe we have a tremendous opportunity to deliver meaningful change for the people of New Hampshire, and act as a firewall against Republican policies that move our state backward.
“With the majority now sitting on a razor’s edge, we are also in a time of unparalleled challenges — and opportunity — within the House itself. I know that every single vote and every single voice in our caucus matters more than ever, and I am eager to listen and provide leadership that meets this unique moment.
“I want to express my gratitude to outgoing leader Representative David Cote, and my friend, Representative Steve Shurtleff, for who I will rely on for his deep experience in the House going forward.”
Deputy House Leader Alexis Simpson said:
“I am truly humbled that our colleagues saw fit to charge Rep. Wilhelm and myself to lead the Democratic caucus through this historic time. “So many challenges lie before us, and, with them, so many opportunities to improve the lives of hardworking Granite Staters. I am filled with optimism and resolve at the work ahead, and a deep well of gratitude for those who helped get us to where we are today.”
NHDP Chair Ray Buckley said:
“Congratulations to Representatives Wilhelm and Simpson on being appointed to lead the House Democratic caucus. These are unprecedented times in the New Hampshire House, and they call for unprecedented leadership. I have no doubt that is exactly what Reps. Wilhelm and Simpson will bring to the table in their new roles.
“We have seen the impact of their work at the NH House Democratic Victory Campaign Committee, which has seen record smashing fundraising as well as tremendous electoral success even in the midst of Republican-gerrymandered maps. The organization they have built is outstanding, and I have no doubt they will replicate it in the State House, to the benefit of all within the Granite State.”