Joseph Foster was appointed to serve as Attorney General of New Hampshire by Governor Margaret Wood Hassan in May, 2013. Foster’s priorities as chief law enforcement officer and chief legal counsel of the State include protecting our children, enhancing public safety, safeguarding the environment and fighting for consumers.
Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Foster worked for 29 years with the law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton in Manchester, NH: He focused his practice on business bankruptcy matters, creditor-debtor rights, and commercial law. He also served for two, four year terms on the firm’s Management Committee and was the Committee’s chair in 2012.
While at McLane, Foster ran and was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1995-1998 and to the New Hampshire Senate from 2002-2008. He served as State Senate Majority Leader (2007-2008) and Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee (2005-2008). Foster sponsored and helped pass a number of pieces of legislation including: the Child Protection Act, one of the nation’s toughest laws designed to protect New Hampshire’s children against sexual predators; an act enhancing penalties for crimes committed by street gangs; and a bill forming the Human Trafficking Study Committee which lead to the passage of law criminalizing human trafficking. Foster also worked closely with the State’s judiciary and its business community on a number of pieces of legislation including a law which led to the establishment of the State’s business court and a law establishing a research and development tax credit.
Foster was recognized by the Best Lawyers® as Lawyer of the Year in 2013 (NH in insolvency law), Super Lawyers® from 2007-2012 and Chambers USA from 2007-2012. Prior to becoming Attorney General, Foster was involved in a variety of local community leadership roles. He was an alternate member of the City of Nashua Planning Board, a member of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Committee, a member of the Oversight Committee-City of Nashua’s Revolving Loan Fund, a member of the Greater Manchester United Way Allocations Committee and a volunteer for Greater Manchester Big Brothers-Big Sisters.
Foster is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Tufts University (RA. 1981) and he received his law degree from George Washington University (J.D. 1984).
Foster is a member of the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Bars. He resides in Nashua with his wife and three children.