New Hampshire AG steps away pending vote on Supreme Court nomination

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New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon McDonald, nominated this week by Gov. Chris Sununu, to the state Supreme Court, has temporarily turned his duties over to a deputy pending a vote on his confirmation.

In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Jane Young on Thursday, McDonald said the delegation of duties is effective immediately. He said he would use his vacation time until the state’s Executive Council votes on his nomination.

“I believe it is in the best interests of this Office, as well as the people and institutions we serve, for me to delegate temporarily my duties as Attorney General to you while the nomination is pending,” McDonakd wrote

Sununu tapped MacDonald to become the next chief justice of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

MacDonald has served as attorney general since April 2017 after a long career in private practice. As attorney general, he helped establish the first Civil Rights Unit in the state Department of Justice and led the effort to create a new solicitor general position.

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