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Governor picks ex-legislator to be N.H. attorney general

CONCORD, N.H. — Former state Senator Joseph Foster, a lawyer from Nashua, is Governor Maggie Hassan’s choice to become New Hampshire’s next attorney general.

Hassan announced her nomination Monday, saying that Foster’s judgment and experience make him the ideal candidate.

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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 to 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.

If confirmed by the Executive Council, Foster would succeed Attorney General Michael Delaney, who said last month that he would not seek re­appointment.

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