Ralph D. Hough
Acting Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 2, 1993 – January 7, 1993
Preceded byJudd Gregg
Succeeded bySteve Merrill
President of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
Preceded byEd Dupont
Succeeded byJoseph L. Delahunty
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
from the 5th district
In office
Preceded byDavid Hammond Bradley
Succeeded byJim Rubens
Personal details
Born (1943-05-21) May 21, 1943 (age 78)
Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

Ralph Degnan Hough (born May 21, 1943) is an American politician who served as acting governor of New Hampshire for roughly a week in January 1993. Though now a registered Democrat, he was a Republican during his time in state government.

Hough was born in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1943.[1] He served as President of the New Hampshire Senate from 1993 to 1994. Governor Judd Gregg resigned from office January 2, 1993, in order to take his seat in the United States Senate. Governor-elect Steve Merrill's term as governor did not begin until January 7 in accordance to the Constitution of New Hampshire, therefore Hough, as first in line of succession to the gubernatorial powers and duties, served as acting governor for five days.[2] In 1994, he was defeated for re-nomination to his senate seat in the Republican primary by Jim Rubens.[3]


  1. ^ Brereton, Charles (1986). New Hampshire Notables: Presenting biographical sketches of men and women who have helped shape the character of the Granite State. Peter E. Randall, Publisher, for the New Hampshire Historical Society. ISBN 9780914339113. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  2. ^ Solomon, Dave (December 15, 2016). "Hassan to resign as governor on Jan. 2, ahead of swearing-in as U.S. senator". New Hampshire Union Leader. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  3. ^ Bosse, Grant (December 15, 2016). "Opinion: Jim Rubens goes from centrist to anti-Republican". New Hampshire Union Leader. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
Political offices Preceded byJudd Gregg Acting Governor of New Hampshire 1993 Succeeded bySteve Merrill