Manchester state representative resigns after announcing move to Weare

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NH State Rep. Ross Berry (R-Manchester) on March 9, 2023. Photo/Andrew Sylvia

CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire State Representative Ross Berry (R-Manchester) has announced his resignation from the New Hampshire House of Representatives. According to the New Hampshire House of Representatives website, the resignation became official on May 15.

Berry provided a copy of the letter to Ink Link that he sent to House Speaker Sherman Packard (R-Londonderry) announcing that his resignation, noting he has moved to Weare.[see below].

Colin Booth of the Granite Post reported on May 14 that Berry was removed as chair of the New Hampshire House of Representatives Election Law Committee, which was confirmed in a letter obtained by the New Hampshire Bulletin where Democratic members of the Election Law Committee expressed their concerns over what they claim was a violation of House rules.

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley released the following statement.

“Representative Berry resigned from the State House today in disgrace after he betrayed the trust of his colleagues on the Election Law Committee and the people of New Hampshire. Time and again, New Hampshire Republicans have blatantly abused their power in a desperate attempt to cling to their ever-slimming majorities — and Granite Staters have had enough. I hope we see Jon Stone, Ken Weyler, and Jess Edwards’ resignations next.” 

New Hampshire House of Representatives Democratic Leader Matt Wilhelm (D-Manchester) provided the following statement.

“Congratulations to Rep. Berry on his new home. I wish him the best.”

Until his resignation Berry represented the 39th District of Hillsborough County, which includes Wards 6, 8, and 9.

This brings the makeup of the House to 199 Republicans, 194 Democrats, 2 Independents and five vacancies, with those vacancies unlikely to be filled given signups for the next term are set to begin in early June.

The other current vacancies came from the resignations of Tina Harley (R-Seabrook), Dan Hynes (I-Bedford) and the deaths of Sharon Nordgren (D-Hanover) and Arthur Ellison (D-Concord).

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Andrew Sylvia

Assistant EditorManchester Ink Link

Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.