New Hampshire Secretary of State William M. Gardner has retired from his position, effective January 10, 2022. Mr. Gardner was sworn into office on December 2, 1976, prior to which he served two terms as a Representative in the New Hampshire State House of Representatives. He earned a BA at the University of New Hampshire, an MA at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, an MPA at Harvard University, and an MSc at the London School of Economics. Mr. Gardner had been roundly criticized for participating in former President Donald Trump's Voter Fraud Commission, which many saw as legitimizing Trump's false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Deputy Secretary of State David M. Scanlan has replaced Mr. Gardner on an interim basis.