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Trump nominates Scott W. Murray to be U.S. Attorney for NH

Union Leader staff
November 17. 2017 2:26PM
U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he departs the U.S. Capitol after a meeting to discuss tax legislation with House Republicans in Washington, D.C., Nov. 16, 2017. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

CONCORD — Merrimack County Attorney Scott W. Murray has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire.

Murray is currently serving his fourth consecutive two-year term as lead prosecutor for Merrimack County.

From 1983 to 2011, Murray served as the chief prosecutor for the City of Concord. He received his B.A. and M.P.A from the University of New Hampshire and his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center.

Murray was recommended for the job by Gov. Chris Sununu, and will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“As the chief law enforcement officer for Merrimack County, Scott Murray is widely respected across New Hampshire’s legal community,” said Sununu. “In March, I wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions recommending Scott for the appointment to the position of United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire, and am confident that upon confirmation, he will serve this state and our nation with distinction as United States Attorney.

U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen both said they look forward to working with Murray.

“Scott Murray has a long history of service to the City of Concord and Merrimack County, and I look forward to speaking with him about his interest in and ideas for this critical new role,” said Hassan.

"I also look forward to discussing a variety of issues with Mr. Murray, including the importance of prosecuting drug dealers and the role of drug courts, which are both integral to our comprehensive approach to combating the fentanyl, heroin, and opioid epidemic that is devastating communities and businesses across the Granite State."

If confirmed, Murray will replace John J. Farley, the acting United States Attorney, who assumed this position in March after the resignation of United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice.

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