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Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 4, 2013

Communications Office

Governor Hassan to Nominate Attorney James Craig as Commissioner of Labor
Former House Minority Leader to Lead Efforts to Protect Workforce, Ensure Level Playing Field for Businesses

CONCORD - In order to protect New Hampshire's workers and ensure that all Granite State businesses have a fair opportunity to succeed and create jobs, Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that she will nominate former House Minority Leader James W. Craig to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Labor.

"To seize the opportunity of the innovation economy, we must ensure that the rights of New Hampshire's workers are fully protected and that our businesses have a level playing field to grow and thrive," Governor Hassan said. "Jim Craig has a long record of standing up for workers, and an ability to listen to and work with the business community to make progress. He has a deep understanding of the legal and policy issues that affect both our workforce and business community, which will make him an excellent Commissioner of Labor and I thank him for agreeing to once again serve the people of New Hampshire."

Craig, of Manchester, is a partner at the law firm of Craig, Deachman & Amann, PLLC, and has practiced law in New Hampshire for 30 years with a variety of experience in issues critical to the state's workforce and business community. He served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives for five terms, including as Minority Leader from 2004-2006.

"Protecting workers and ensuring that all New Hampshire businesses are playing by the same rules are critical for growing the economy and strengthening communities, and I thank Governor Hassan for nominating me to undertake this important responsibility and opportunity," Craig said.

Craig, who has also served as president of the Manchester Bar Association, received his BA from Keene State College, his MA from the University of Southern California, and his JD from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly known as Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 1983.

Craig's nomination is subject to confirmation by the Executive Council. Governor Hassan will formally nominate Craig to the Council at Wednesday's meeting.