Attorney General of New Hampshire

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New Hampshire Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $24,507,679
Term limits:  None
Authority:  New Hampshire Constitution, Article 46
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder
Name:  Joe Foster
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  2013
Compensation:  $110,114
Other New Hampshire Executive Offices
GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerCommissioner of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerLabor CommissionerDirector of Fish & GamePublic Utilities Commission
The Attorney General of New Hampshire is an appointed constitutional officer for the state of New Hampshire who serves as head of the Department of Justice.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Joe Foster (D). A former state senator, Foster was confirmed as attorney general on April 17, 2013 and was officially sworn into office on May 15, 2013.[1]


The state Constitution addresses the office of the attorney general in Article 46, Executive Power.

Under Article 46:

All judicial officers, the attorney general, and all officers of the navy, and general and field officers of the militia, shall be nominated and appointed by the governor and council...


As established by Part II, Article 46 of the New Hampshire Constitution, the attorney general is appointed by the governor with approval of the council.


The duties of the attorney general include:

  • Acts as attorney for the state in all criminal and civil cases in the supreme court in which the state is interested, and in the prosecution of persons accused of crimes punishable with death or imprisonment for life.
  • Exercises general supervision of the criminal cases pending before the state supreme and superior courts, and
  • With the aid of the county attorneys, the Attorney General enforces the criminal laws of the state
  • Has the power to collect uncollected debts owed to the state


There are two primary divisions within the Office of the Attorney General.[2]

Office of the Attorney General

The attorney general is required by statute to nominate a Deputy and a Director of Administration. He or she is also permitted to nominate Assistant and Senior Assistant Attorneys General, as well as Criminal Justice and Consumer Protection Investigators; provided there is money appropriated in biennium budget for such positions. Additionally, in the interest of the public welfare, the attorney general is permitted to delegate the authority of the office to the Deputy and Assistant Attorneys General as he or she sees fit.

Campaign finance

Main article: Campaign finance requirements for New Hampshire ballot measures

The Attorney General of New Hampshire is responsible for all disciplinary matters of the state's campaign finance laws. The Attorney General's office handles the whole complaint process and prosecuting all offenses regardless if it is civil or criminal. The first step if a person or committee may violate New Hampshire's campaign finance laws is to file a complaint with the State Attorney General. [3]

State budget

The budget for the Department of Justice in Fiscal Year 2013 was $24,507,679.[4]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the New Hampshire Attorney General was paid an estimated $104,364. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Contact information

33 Capitol Street
Concord, NH 03301

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