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State Senate deputy chief of staff nominated for Department of Energy position

By: - August 31, 2021 12:08 pm
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Joshua Elliott of Goffstown has worked with the Republican Party in the New Hampshire Senate since 2015. (New Hampshire Bulletin)

Joshua Elliott, deputy chief of staff for the New Hampshire Senate, is up for confirmation as the new head of the division of policy and programs at the Department of Energy on Wednesday.

Sununu’s other appointments to the new department have all been approved by the majority Republican Executive Council. The only opposition to recent appointees has been mounted by the lone Democratic councilor, Cinde Warmington.

Elliott, of Goffstown, has worked with the Republican Party in the New Hampshire Senate since 2015, serving as policy director and then deputy chief of staff starting in December 2020. Before that he was a policy analyst for the conservative-leaning Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy in Concord.

Elliott has a history degree from Saint Anselm College and a master’s in social science from the University of Chicago.

His nomination continues a pattern of Sununu selecting people who are connected to the administration and the Republican Party as opposed to hiring someone whose primary professional experience is in the energy sector. The position will pay an annual salary of $109,000, and the appointment lasts for one year.

The Department of Energy staff is starting to take shape, but the new department still doesn’t have a permanent head, with Interim Commissioner Jared Chicoine’s tenure set to expire at the end of August. 

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Amanda Gokee
Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s energy and environment reporter. She previously reported on these issues at VTDigger. Amanda grew up in Vermont and is a graduate of Harvard University. She received her master’s degree in liberal studies, with a concentration in creative writing, from Dartmouth College. Her work has also appeared in the LA Review of Books and the Valley News.