With it now all but certain that Judd Gregg, New Hampshire’s senior Senator, will become Secretary of Commerce, speculation has begun as to who will replace him in the Senate. Several news sources in New Hampshire are touting J. Bonnnie Newman, Senator Gregg’s Chief of Staff when he was in the House, as the favorite to fill out the remaining 2 years of Gregg’s term.
Newman served as assistant secretary of Commerce for economic development in the Reagan administration. She was in charge of administrative operations for the George H.W. Bush White House.
She was chief of staff to Gregg when he was a congressman in the 1980s, and she was one of the first Republicans to publicly endorse Lynch in his 2004 challenge of then-Republican Governor Craig Benson, and co-chaired Republicans for Lynch.
Newman has also served in prestigious offices in higher education. She was an interim president at the University of New Hampshire and an executive dean at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Another name being bandied about is Kelly Ayotte, NH’s Republican Attorney General, and a Lynch supporter.