NH governors past and present honor Steve Merrill at Statehouse

Former Governor Stephen Merrill
Former Governor Stephen Merrill(WCAX)
Published: Sep. 5, 2020 at 10:53 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2020 at 3:18 PM EDT
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire governors past and present have honored one of their own - Republican Steve Merrill, who served for two terms in the 1990s.

Merrill died Sept. 5 at age 74. He coined the term “New Hampshire Advantage,” in reference to a belief in local control, low taxes and a spirit of individuality. Gov. Chris Sununu said Merrill really defined New Hampshire and understood it wasn’t about big government and big systems, but about the individual.

Former Gov. Craig Benson said Merrill had almost a sixth sense for entering a crowded room and immediately knowing what was required of him. Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte said she considered Merrill a mentor.

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