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(Manchester, N.H.) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen released the following statement in response to news that Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner George Bald would retire:

“I first appointed George as DRED Commissioner because I knew that he had an incredibly selfless dedication to the people of New Hampshire. In the decades I’ve known him, he has consistently demonstrated the finest traits of public service. He listens, he works hard, and he comes to work every day worried about only one thing – what is best for the people of New Hampshire.

“George’s work as the chief advocate for our state’s economy has produced results that speak volumes about his talent and tenacity. New Hampshire’s relatively strong position in this difficult national economy, with an unemployment rate well below the national average, is not by chance. I was proud to have worked with him on many important projects when I was governor, including developing the state’s first comprehensive economic development strategy, boosting our vital tourism industry and promoting New Hampshire exports abroad.

“It’s no secret that everyone likes George – those who work for him, those who work with him, and those he serves. He will be sorely missed by all of us in this role, I congratulate him on his many years of great work, and I look forward to working with him in the years to come.”