Scott Murray confirmed as U.S. Attorney for NHBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
February 15. 2018 8:18PM
CONCORD — Merrimack County Attorney Scott W. Murray has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire.
Murray was nominated by President Donald Trump for the position in November. His nomination passed on a voice vote at the end of the Senate session Thursday.
Both of New Hampshire’s U.S. senators congratulated Murray following Thursday’s vote.
“I congratulate Scott Murray on his Senate confirmation, and am glad to see such a critically important role filled for New Hampshire, a position that holds particular significance in our state’s ability to effectively combat the opioid crisis,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH. “I look forward to working with him to fight this epidemic, and in also addressing other important priorities and issues for the Granite State.”
“Scott Murray has a long history of service to the City of Concord and Merrimack County, and I was proud to support his confirmation for this new position,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH. “The U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire plays a critical role in our efforts to combat the opioid crisis that is devastating communities across our state, and in our discussion, I was encouraged by Mr. Murray’s focus on the importance of both prosecuting drug dealers and supporting drug courts. I congratulate Mr. Murray on his confirmation and look forward to working with him to keep New Hampshire safe.”
Murray was serving his fourth consecutive two-year term as lead prosecutor for Merrimack County when he was nominated. 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.
“As the chief law enforcement officer for Merrimack County, Scott Murray is widely respected across New Hampshire’s legal community,” said Sununu at the time of Murray’s nomination. “In March (2017), 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.”
Murray replaces John J. Farley, the acting United States Attorney, who was appointed in March after the resignation of United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice. Rice is currently employed as the city solicitor in Manchester.