New Hampshire Governor Chuck Morse: Why He Will Only Serve For Two Days

New Hampshire Governor Chuck Morse: Why He Will Only Serve For Two Days NH State Senate chambers Marc Nozell / Flickr CC

Chuck Morse has been senate president since 2013, but he will be handling a new position. Morse is assigned to be the new governor of New Hampshire. However, the Republican Senate President will only serve the shortest term of any governor in the world. Morse will be holding the reigns for only two days.

Morse will be serving his two-day stint as governor of New Hampshire because he was not elected governor of the state.

According to the Associated Press, Morse will take charge of the transition of power from former governor Maggie Hassan to Governor-elect Chris Sununu. Hassan will be taking oath as a U.S. Senator while Sununu will be having his inauguration as New Hampshire’s governor.

Morse had a bit of humor with his short stint as New Hampshire’s governor. The Senate President said that over the past four years, he thought he was the acting governor for the state, which was referencing on Hassan’s past two terms.

Morse became governor of New Hampshire at exactly 12:01 a.m. last Tuesday. His tenure will last until around noon time of Thursday. This is the time Sununu has sworn into office. Despite having a short stint, Morse is able to get the treatment a regular governor is receiving. This includes a security detail to pick him up from his Salem home.

Chuck Morse was not simply introduced as the two-day governor. There was a ceremony where he also recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Morse stated that he has no big plans for his new position. The New Hampshire Public Radio website reported that the short term does not mean Morse will be slacking his two days at work. He is planning to sign proclamations during his two-day term. The senator said he will be mostly staying at the senate office. He also said he is too superstitious to sit on the governor’s chair.

It is rare to have a governor with a very short term. In spite of its rarity, it is not new in the political system of the United States. In 1993, former Senate President Ralph Hough served as a governor of New Hampshire for about a week when Judd Gregg left the position to become senator.

Countless states also had similar situations. New Jersey even experienced having five governors over the course of eight days in 2002.