In May 2013, Joe Foster was appointed by then-Governor (now US Senator) Maggie Hassan to serve as New Hampshire’s Attorney General. Foster’s priorities include protecting children, enhancing public safety, safeguarding the environment, and fighting for consumers.
Early Life and Education
Foster earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University, and he received his law degree from George Washington University.
Prior to becoming Attorney General, Foster worked for nearly three decades in private practice, where he focused in business bankruptcy, creditor-debtor rights, and commercial law. While working in private practice, Foster ran for, and was elected to, the New Hampshire House of Representatives and the New Hampshire Senate. He has served as state Senate Majority Leader, and chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
While in the state legislature, Foster helped pass many of pieces of legislation, including the Child Protection Act and a bill forming the Human Trafficking Study Committee, which led to the passage of a law criminalizing human trafficking.
Throughout his tenure, Foster has championed reforms to combat the opioid epidemic. He worked with federal prosecutors to create a special team tasked with investigating overdose deaths as crimes, rather than as untimely deaths. He launched consumer protection investigations into pharmaceutical companies to make sure that opioids were not being deceptively marketed. Foster has also fought to protect women’s access to healthcare, and successfully defended a law that created a buffer zone around abortion clinics.
Foster lives in Nashua with his wife and three children.