New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan says she will resign effective Jan. 3, 2017, as she prepares for her next job as a U.S. senator.
Because she can't be sworn into the Senate while holding another office, Hassan, a Democrat, is following the precedent set by former Republican Gov. Judd Gregg, who joined the Senate in 1993.
Hassan will resign at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 2 in advance of her swearing-in as senator on Jan. 3. Effective midnight on Jan. 3, Republican Senate President Chuck Morse will be acting governor until Republican Gov.-elect Chris Sununu's inauguration on Jan. 5.
Hassan said Wednesday she informed legislative leadership from both parties and Sununu of her intentions.