State Representative Richard "Dick" Hinch
Republican representing Hillsborough County District 21, the Town of Merrimack
New Hampshire State Representative Richard “Dick” Hinch (R-Merrimack) was first elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2008.
He was appointed by Speaker Shawn Jasper to serve as House Majority Whip in 2015, and later as House Majority Leader, a post he held though 2018.
Rep. Hinch currently serves as House Republican Leader, a post to which he was elected by the members of his caucus.
Local Government Involvement
Merrimack Board of Selectmen (Chair, 2003-06)
Merrimack Budget Committee (Vice Chair, 2001-03)
Merrimack Public Library Development Committee (Chair, 2008-2018)
Personal and Professional Information
Owner/Principal Broker at Hinch-Crowley Realty Associates, LLC
United States Navy Veteran (1968-72)
Rotary Club of Merrimack
Merrimack Lions Club
Merrimack Chamber of Commerce (Director, 2010-2018)
NH Real Estate Commissioner (2017 – Present)
Recent Posts & Press Releases
Concord, NH – Last week, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted HB 1264, extending the Seacoast cancer cluster study commission ought to pass. An amendment was attached to the bill setting maximum containment limits for perfluorochemicals in drinking water and establishes a PFAS fund to address water contamination issues across the state. Senator Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), co-sponsor of the amendment, and House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statements:
“Water contamination issues continue to be one of the most pressing concerns facing New Hampshire,” said Senator Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro). “The amendment we passed last week will go a long way to help mitigate PFAS contamination and set a standard to ensure all New Hampshire families are consuming clean drinking water. Representative Hinch has been a leader in responding to the PFAS contamination in Merrimack and I am pleased to have worked with him on such a critical issue to provide clean drinking water across the Granite State.”
“This is a critically important and comprehensive piece of legislation, which represents bipartisan agreement that clean drinking water is fundamental for New Hampshire citizens,” said House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack). “I look forward to wholeheartedly supporting this omnibus bill when it comes back to the House. We should be proud of the work the legislature has done on this issue, and that we were able to get this bill across the finish line in the midst of a public health crisis.”
It was an honor to offer memorial remarks for my friend and mentor, former State Representative Beter Batula of Merrimack, on the House floor last week. He passed away in October 2019. Although the camera agle doesn’t show it, Rep. Beaulieu and I were joined by members of the Merrimack legislative delegation for this rememberance.
CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the Governor and Council meeting today, at which time the Executive Council voted to zero out the Merrimack tolls on Exit 11.
“I am extremely pleased the Council took up this vote today and voted to effectively eliminate the tolls at Exit 11 in Merrimack. This toll relief project has been in the works for 20 years. It has been a priority of current and former Merrimack state representatives, as well as numerous town selectmen & town councilors. I sincerely thank Governor Sununu for providing the leadership and taking the initiative to finally eliminate these tolls, which provided very little state revenue but have been an extreme burden to the citizens of Merrimack.”
“I would also like to thank Councilor Gatsas for his initiative to accelerate the proposal from July to January of next year. Lastly, I would like to thank the Merrimack Town Council and Town Manager, along with town officials who took the time to travel to Concord, and who were in frequent communication with me and the Governor to make this a reality.”
“This vote was a team effort and a huge win for Merrimack. By bringing in roughly only $800,000 in net revenue each year, these tolls ended up being essentially a tax that only Merrimack residents paid as they tried to get to and from work. Zeroing out these tolls was the right thing to do, and again, I sincerely appreciate the efforts by Governor Sununu, Councilor Gatsas, and the Merrimack town officials.”
CONCORD- Merrimack State Representative Dick Hinch thanked Governor Sununu for signing HB737, establishing a commission to investigate and analyze the environmental and public health impacts relating to releases of perfluorinated chemicals in the air, soil, and groundwater in Merrimack, Bedford, and Litchfield.
“I would like to thank Governor Sununu for signing this critical legislation. The residents of Merrimack, Bedford, and Litchfield deserve to know the full scope of negative effects that perfluorinated chemicals have on their health and community, and this commission is an important step in achieving that goal,” said Hinch. “The information gathered by this commission will assist state government in staying on top of our water crisis and mitigating any current and future issues that arise. I’m proud of all the progress made in addressing Merrimack’s water crisis and I will continue to work with leaders on all levels to protect our constituents health and safety.”
CONCORD – Merrimack State Representative Dick Hinch thanked members of the Drinking Water And Groundwater Advisory Commission for their vote to approve a loan and grant application by the Merrimack Village District (MVD) for improvements to MVD Wells #2, #3, #7, & #8 to reduce levels of PFAS to below detection.
“I’d like to commend the Merrimack Village District Board of Commissioners, the Merrimack Village District personnel, and the project engineers for working with the subcommittee and full committee, and putting together a solid plan of action. This project is critical for the health and safety of the residents of Merrimack. I thank the members of the Drinking Water And Groundwater Advisory Commission for their unanimous vote to approve a grant and loan package this morning,” Hinch said. “I will continue to work with state and local leaders behind the scenes to address Merrimack’s water crisis, and this is just one of many fronts by which we can make progress.”
The total grant amount is $1,450,000. The total loan amount is $6,264,500.
The Drinking Water And Groundwater Advisory Commission is a state board comprised of House and Senate members, executive branch department officials, and appointed public members. The commission reviews and approves grants and loans, revolving loan funds, and matching funds to projects on a competitive basis from the drinking water and groundwater trust fund. All disbursements or grants require approval of the governor and council. According to state law, funds may be awarded if the project meets one of the following criteria:
(1) Emergency remediation is necessary, where contamination to drinking water or groundwater is prevalent.
(2) Planning, design, and building of aging water infrastructure is involved.
(3) The project protects against future contamination or impacted drinking water sources through measures including, but not limited to, the expansion of drinking water infrastructure or drinking water source protection.
(4) The project assists local and regional entities in the development and administration of local wellhead protection programs, including delineation of wellhead protection areas and the inventory and management of activities which have a potential effect on groundwater quality.
(5) The project provides funding through cost-sharing grants to municipalities, municipally-owned water utilities, and water utilities regulated by the public utilities commission for the design, construction, and extension of public water systems, and the establishment and expansion of wellhead protection areas where they provide the most cost effective method for providing safe and clean drinking water.
(b) Take land preservation into consideration.
(c) Encourage all applicants to provide matching funds beyond the minimum.