Josiah Bartlett Center - $1,000 per page?

Rich Ashooh takes over at Josiah Bartlett Center


Rich AshoohWe're happy to welcome our new Chairman, Rich Ashooh.  Rich takes over as Chairman of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy from Eugene Van Loan, who will remain an active member of the Board.

“The Josiah Bartlett Center exists in order to help New Hampshire citizens better know and understand their state government,” said outgoing Chairman Eugene Van Loan. “Rich Ashooh brings unmatched experience and insight in the public and private sectors to help us better fulfill that mission.”

Ashooh is Vice-President at BAE Systems, and has served as a legislative aide to New Hampshire Senators Warren Rudman and Gordon Humphrey. In 2010, he was a Republican candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s First District. He and his wife Lori are raising five children in Bedford, NH.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to guide the Josiah Bartlett Center as we begin our next chapter,” Ashooh added. “With so many complex and important public policy questions facing us as a state and as a country, we will continue to demand transparency and accountability from our government.”

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