Attorney General Joe Foster to step down March 31

  • New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster

Monitor staff
Published: 3/8/2017 11:46:19 AM

Attorney General Joe Foster will step down on March 31 at the conclusion of his four-year term leading the state’s justice department. The Executive Council accepted his resignation Wednesday. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has yet to name Foster’s successor. 

“It has been an extraordinary honor to serve the people of New Hampshire and to lead the great men and women of the Department of Justice,” he wrote in a two paragraph resignation letter. “Their commitment to the state, its people and to justice is second to none.”

Under Foster’s leadership, the attorney general’s office has pursued policies meant to curb the state’s drug crisis. The office has pushed law enforcement to treat drug overdoses as crime scenes and to use harsher penalties if a dealer can be tied to a death. The office has also launched investigations into whether major drug companies use deceptive practices to market powerful painkillers. Last summer, the attorney general’s office accused drug company Purdue Pharma of distributing “misleading information” to doctors about its drug OxyContin.

Foster was nominated to the post in 2013 by former Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat who he served alongside in the state Senate. Foster represented Nashua in the Senate from 2002 to 2008. 

(Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or 

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