For Immediate Release
November 19, 2013
CONCORD - Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that she will nominate four people to the Circuit Court and nominate Martin Honigberg of Concord to the Public Utilities Commission at tomorrow’s Governor and Council meeting. The Executive Council must confirm the nominations.
The nominees – Susan B. Carbon of Chichester, Robert James Foley of Dover, Margaret-Ann Moran of Manchester, and Patricia B. Quigley of Concord - were recommended for appointment by the Governor’s Judicial Selection Commission, a bipartisan panel established by Governor Hassan to advise her on judicial nominations by broadly seeking judicial candidates, evaluating all potential applicants and recommending qualified applicants based on experience, good character and judicial temperament.
"Ensuring a fair, transparent and effective judicial system requires highly capable judges with the utmost experience, character and integrity," Governor Hassan said. "All four Circuit Court nominees have decades of experience with New Hampshire’s judicial system and have demonstrated the good character and temperament that the people of our state require of their judges. I thank them all for their willingness to serve, as well as the Judicial Selection Commission for identifying these highly qualified candidates."
Additionally, Governor Hassan today announced that she has nominated former Assistant Attorney General Martin P. Honigberg to serve as one of three commissioners on New Hampshire’s Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC). Honigberg is currently the leader of the Government Relations Practice Group at Sulloway & Hollis P.L.L.C and has previously served as Special Counsel to Governor Jeanne Shaheen from 2001 to 2003 as well as a Senior Assistant Attorney General at the New Hampshire Department of Justice from 1994 to 2000.
During his time in the Attorney General’s office, Honigberg’s many practice areas included the 1990s restructuring of New Hampshire’s electric utility industry. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University.
"The work of the Public Utilities Commission is essential for protecting consumers and ensuring that our people, families and businesses are able to receive safe, adequate and reliable service at reasonable and fair rates," Governor Hassan said. "I am confident that with his extensive experience with utilities regulation and nearly every aspect of state government, Martin Honigberg will ably fulfill the PUC’s critical mission, and I thank him for taking on this important responsibility."
Honigberg’s appointment to a term of six years is subject to Executive Council approval. The Governor will formally submit his nomination at Wednesday’s Council meeting.