The Splaine Brothers Tell Why NH’s First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary Matters

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Keeping New Hampshire first is the goal of the man who created legislation that assures that the state will continue to be the home of  the first presidential primary nationally.  Podcast producer Roger Wood speaks with Portsmouth natives Jim Splaine and John Splaine, his brother. Both are political experts.

Born in Portsmouth, Jim Splaine received his bachelor’s degree in political science from University of New Hampshire. He served on the Portsmouth City Council and as the assistant-mayor of Portsmouth. He also served on the Portsmouth School Board and was a Democrat. Splaine served at various times in the state Senate and House.

Jim Splaine sponsored the 1975 law protecting New Hampshire’s lead-off primary status.

John Splaine, author and educator, has taught for more than 50 years at the high school and college level, including the University of New Hampshire.  He has written non-fiction books on government, history and media literacy. He is a native of Portsmouth, and now lives in West Virginia. 

Roger Wood is an award winning radio, podcast, newspaper and television journalist, with over 40 years of experience in the media.   Roger has spent his entire professional career in New Hampshire. Roger currently serves as associate publisher and podcast producer at  In 2021 and 2022, he was recognized by the New Hampshire Press Association for his work in news podcasts. Prior to that he was honored for his work in broadcast radio news and public affairs. He has produced news and special feature reports for InDepthNH, New Hampshire Public Radio, NPR, and other public and commercial radio stations.  He also produced spot news for CBS Radio. He has produced and narrated some 50 audiobooks and has written three novels.  Roger has also moderated political forums for Seacoast Area Chambers of Commerce in Senate, gubernatorial and congressional races. He has also facilitated public policy discussions locally and statewide.  Roger and his wife Elaine, parents of three adult children, reside in Portsmouth with their cat Sebastian.

Roger Wood

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