The current leadership of the New Hampshire House of Representatives includes Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper; Majority Leader Jack Flanagan and Minority Leader Steve Shurtleff. Past members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives include President Franklin Pierce and U.S. Senator John P. Hale. Pierce and Hale both served as speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Hale was the presidential nominee of the Free Soil Party in 1852.
Sherman Adams, a descendant of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, was also formerly a member of the New Hampshire House. After assuming the speakership, Adams went on to serve as governor of the state and as White House chief of staff to President Eisenhower before resigning in 1958 following a gift-taking scandal.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives was created on Jan. 6, 1776, the day after the state signed the nation's first constitution. That first body consisted of 87 members. As the state's population grew, the number of representatives increased to more than 440. Adopted in 1942, an amendment to the state's constitution capped the House's membership at 400, but not less than 375. As of 2015, the state's House consists of 400 members representing 204 districts, the largest state legislative body in the nation.