For Immediate Release
April 1, 2013
CONCORD – Focusing on ensuring safety and justice for the people of New Hampshire, Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that she will nominate Joseph Foster of Nashua, a respected attorney and former state Senate leader, to serve as New Hampshire's next Attorney General.
Foster, of Nashua, has served as the chair of the management committee for one of New Hampshire's largest law firms, McLane Law Firm, where he currently chairs the bankruptcy practice. In addition, Foster served as State Senator for New Hampshire's 13th District from 2002-2008, rising to Majority Leader in 2007. During his tenure as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2004 to 2008 under both Democratic and Republican majorities, Foster led efforts to enact measures ensuring justice for the people of New Hampshire, including the Sexual Predators Act, one of the toughest laws in the nation protecting New Hampshire's children from child predators.
"The role of Attorney General in protecting and ensuring justice for the people of New Hampshire is one of the highest responsibilities in our state," Governor Hassan said. "I am confident that Joe's judgment and experience make him the ideal candidate to serve as New Hampshire's chief legal and law enforcement officer.
"Throughout his career as an attorney and public servant, Joe Foster has stood up and defended the cause of justice at every opportunity. As Senate Judiciary chair, he brought people together to pass tough laws to protect our children from predators and to improve our justice system," Governor Hassan said. "His extensive legal experience will be invaluable in addressing the complex civil litigation facing the state, and in our ongoing efforts to improve protections for consumers."
"I am profoundly honored by the trust Governor Hassan has placed in me to lead the New Hampshire Department of Justice as Attorney General," Foster said. "If I am confirmed, I will work hard every day to protect public safety and ensure justice for all of our citizens."
Prior to serving as State Senator, Foster served in the House of Representatives from 1995-1998. Foster received his J.D. from George Washington University in 1984 and his B.A. from Tufts University in 1981.
Foster's nomination is subject to confirmation by the Executive Council. Governor Hassan will formally nominate Foster to the Council at Wednesday's meeting.