Merrimack County prosecutor nominated as U.S. Attorney for N.H.

  • The Merrimack County Courthouse in Concord is seen on Thursday, March 31, 2016. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

Monitor staff
Saturday, November 18, 2017

President Donald Trump announced Friday his nomination of Merrimack County Attorney Scott Murray to be the next U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire.

“I am greatly honored by the president’s confidence in me and I am looking forward to completing the U.S. Senate confirmation process,” Murray told the Monitor.

Trump’s nomination of Murray will first be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. From there, the appointment is subject to confirmation by the full Senate. The U.S. attorney serves as the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Hampshire.

Gov. Chris Sununu recommended Murray for the job earlier this year.

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan welcomed Trump’s nomination in statements Friday morning. Both spoke about the importance of the position in New Hampshire, and said they look forward to learning more about how Murray would prioritize efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

Murray is currently serving his fourth consecutive two-year term as Merrimack County attorney. Voters first elected Murray to the position in November 2010, after he had spent decades as Concord’s city prosecutor. When he was hired in 1983, Murray was the city’s lone attorney.

Murray graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire and stayed to get his master’s degree in public administration. He went on to study at Franklin Pierce Law Center, now the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, and worked at the state Department of Safety while earning his law degree.

If confirmed, Murray will succeed Emily Gray Rice who resigned in March after Attorney General Jeff Sessions sought the resignation of 46 federal prosecutors who had served under the Obama administration. Rice held the job for just over a year.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)