MacDonald Judicial Application Highlights Legal Experience, Political Background

Jun 10, 2019

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, shown during a news conference in 2018, was nominated to be the next chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
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In a questionnaire dated April 15, Attorney General Gordon MacDonald told the Governor's judicial selection commission that judges must always be open to persuasion and reason, and said if confirmed he'd do his best to fill the role with dignity and courtesy.

In addition to his two years leading the Department of Justice, MacDonald cited the seven years he spent as a staffer to U.S. Senator Gordon Humphrey. That job, he said, gave him a first-hand understanding of the lawmaking process.

MacDonald listed Humphrey -- a conservative who left the GOP over its embrace of Donald Trump-- as one reference on his application. Former Chief Justice John Broderick, a Democrat, was another.

Before Sununu picked him to become Attorney General in 2017, MacDonald was a litigator at Nixon Peabody.

His clients have included Purdue Pharma, the N.H. GOP, the Diocese of Manchester, and Dartmouth Hitchcock-Clinic.

MacDonald's Executive Council confimation hearing has been sent for June 26.