It is with deep regret and sadness that we inform you of the passing yesterday of NH House Speaker Richard (Dick) Hinch.

He was elected Speaker just a week ago without opposition. During the last term, Dick served as Minority Leader and did a fantastic job of holding House Republicans together. He was a leader who was gentle and kind but knew how to fight also. He will be sorely missed.

We want to extend our condolences to the entire Hinch family.

Here is a very good article on the passing for Speaker Hinch.