Ayotte gets thumbs up from governor

John O'Brien Mar. 4, 2009, 4:52pm


CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) - New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch is renominating Attorney General Kelly Ayotte for another term.

The Democratic governor made the announcement Wednesday, and the state's Executive Council must approve it. Ayotte, a Republican, has been the state's attorney general since July 2004.

She is the youngest and first female attorney general in the state's history.

"For the past four years, Kelly Ayotte and I have worked closely together to protect children from sexual predators; to strengthen ethics laws; to protect New Hampshire's environment and consumers; and to keep New Hampshire safe," Lynch said in a statement.

Ayotte has also been a deputy attorney general and counsel to former Gov. Craig Benson. She is a 1993 graduate of Villanova University School of Law.

"It is a privilege to serve New Hampshire as attorney general. I deeply appreciate Gov. Lynch's decision to reappoint me to serve another term as attorney general," Ayotte said.

"I look forward to continuing to work with the men and women of law enforcement across the State to keep New Hampshire the safest state in the nation. I remain committed to working hard with the Governor to keep New Hampshire a special place to live and work."

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