Congressman Douglas to serve as NH House Legal Counsel



Concord—Chuck Douglas, of Bow, NH, a former New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice and Congressman, today agreed to serve as legal counsel to the Speaker of the New Hampshire House, Shawn Jasper. “I couldn’t be happier that Congressman Douglas will be joining our team,” said Jasper.  “Given his background both on the bench and in congress, he will be an invaluable resource to the House as we move forward.” The Congressman has also served as the legal counsel to the New Hampshire Republican Party.


Douglas got his first taste of the New Hampshire Legislature during the 1965 legislative session, serving as the administrative assistant to the House Majority Leader while a government major at UNH.  In 1973 and 1974 he served in the executive branch as legal counsel to Governor Meldrim Thomson.  He was later appointed to be a superior court judge in 1974.  In 1977, at age 34, Douglas was appointed to the New Hampshire Supreme  Court—the youngest high court judge in the nation.  He served on the court until 1985 when he resigned to resume private practice in Concord.


Douglas was elected to congress and served in 1989 and 1990, representing New Hampshire’s second congressional district. His military career consisted of 23 years with the army national guard where he served as the state’s judge advocate general.  He retired as a full colonel from the New Hampshire Army National Guard.


“Chuck has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to dealing with all three of the branches of state government, “ added Speaker Jasper.  “I am confident that he will be ready and able to deal with any legal issues or challenges that come before us.”