- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A welcome center on Interstate 93 in New Hampshire’s North Country is being named for the late Executive Councilor Raymond Burton.

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed the bill Friday. The welcome center is on I-93 south, at exit 44 in Littleton.

Burton, who died in late 2013, served for more than 30 years as an executive councilor, making him the longest-serving councilor in state history. A Republican, he represented the vast first district that spans the North Country.

“By formally naming this location in his honor, we will help ensure that Ray Burton will continue to welcome people to the North Country and the state that he loved so dearly,” Hassan said.

The council is a unique, five-member body within the executive branch that oversees approval of government contracts and gubernatorial appointments. Burton’s civic involvement also included years serving as a Grafton County Commissioner.

Last year, the welcome center on northbound Interstate 93 in Hooksett was named in honor of Burton.

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