On Thursday April 21, family, friends and colleagues of Mike Whalley gathered in the NH House Chamber to honor his memory and dedicate a newly hand crafted bench in the House chamber in his honor. Below you’ll find a brief history of Mike’s service and character. Also included below are select videos of speakers at the event.
“Over the years, this place has become my second family …..because friendship goes beyond party lines.”—Mike Whalley
Mike Whalley served for nearly eight terms as a New Hampshire State Representative, five terms representing the citizens of Bow and Dunbarton, and the last three terms representing Alton, Barnstead, Belmont and Gilford.
He was an extremely articulate legislator who carried himself with dignity, cared deeply for the House of Representatives as an institution and was passionate with regard to the causes he espoused and the principles for which he stood. He was highly respected by his colleagues for his expertise in many areas of legislative policy and process, having served four terms, including one as Vice-Chairman, on the Committee on Resources, Recreation and Development, four terms on the Rules Committee, two as Vice-Chairman, two terms on the Committee on Election Law, one as Chairman, and one term on the Committee on Legislative Administration.
Mike was also highly regarded among his peers for his leadership skills. He held positions of trust and leadership as Majority Whip, and two terms as Deputy Speaker. At the time of his passing, he was serving as the House Republican Leader.
As the debate on House Bill 1 continued in the House Chamber yesterday, this call, from an anonymous constituent, came into the House Republican Office. It was just one of hundreds of positive calls and emails that our office and members of our caucus received over the last few days.