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BREAKING: Hassan nominates former state senator for N.H. attorney general

Joseph Foster

Joseph Foster

Former state Sen. Joseph Foster, a lawyer from Nashua, is Gov. Maggie Hassan’s choice to become New Hampshire’s next attorney general.

Hassan announced her nomination today, saying Foster’s judgment and experience makes him the ideal candidate.

Foster, 53, currently leads the bankruptcy practice for the McLane Law Firm, one of the state’s largest firms. He served as a state senator from 2002 to 2008 and held the position of majority leader in 2007. Hassan, who served in the Senate with Foster, praised him for bringing lawmakers together to pass tough legislation to protect children from predators and improve the state’s judicial system.

Foster also worked on school aid legislation and on a bill allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections, as long as they turn 18 in time for the general election.

“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,” Hassan said.

Foster also served in House from 1995 to 1998.

If confirmed by the Executive Council, Foster would succeed Attorney General Michael Delaney, who said last month he would not seek reappointment. Hassan will formally nominate Foster at Wednesday’s council meeting.

“If I am confirmed, I will work hard every day to protect public safety and ensure justice for all of our citizens,” Foster said.

Foster received his law degree from George Washington University in 1984 and his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in 1981.

Joe Foster's statement, “If I am confirmed, I will work hard every day to protect public safety and ensure justice for all of our citizens,” will be put quickly to the test. Foster will be asked, if confirmed, to release documents that Attorney General Delaney has received to turn over, despite requests from Senator's Shaheen and D'Allesandro. The underlying case is a longstanding federal civil rights suit brought against a county attorney for fabricating evidence. Senator Ayotte, while state attorney general, investigated and covered-up the fabrications. Info may be found at: Google: Did AG Eric Holder Shutdown the Investigation of Senator Ayotte? Google: Will the truth come out about Ayotte?

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