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Shaheen, Hassan Deliver Remarks & Applaud Senate’s Confirmation of Samantha Elliott to Serve as NH Federal District Court Judge

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Shaheen delivers remarks on the Senate floor ahead of the Senate advancing the nomination of the New Hampshire Federal District Court Judge nominee Samantha Elliott 

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) delivered remarks on the Senate floor today before the Senate voted to confirm Samantha Elliott as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. She was confirmed on a bipartisan vote of 62-37.

Shaheen and Hassan highlighted Elliott’s robust qualifications and extensive legal experience that have garnered widespread support from her peers and the legal community in New Hampshire. They also noted her commitment to justice and impartiality in upholding the law. Elliott currently serves as Vice President of the Concord-based firm, Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, P.C.

Shaheen’s remarks can be viewed in full here. Hassan’s remarks can be viewed in full here.

“[Ms. Elliott] will make an excellent addition to the federal district court in New Hampshire…Samantha has consistently demonstrated her commitment to ensuring that everyone has access to justice no matter their socio-economic status. As a result of her commitment, tenacity and respect for the law, Samantha’s nomination has garnered widespread support throughout the New Hampshire legal community,” said Shaheen. “I am confident that Samantha’s passion for the law and dedication to the impartial administration of justice will make her an excellent judge, and I urge my colleagues to support her nomination.”

“Samantha Elliott will bring the necessary impartiality, experience, and commitment to justice to the federal bench,” said Senator Hassan. “Throughout her career, Ms. Elliott has earned the respect and admiration of those within the legal community…What drives her colleagues’ respect and admiration is her clear-eyed and passionate commitment to ensuring that everyone in our democracy has access to justice…Samantha Elliott will be a fair-minded, balanced, and intellectually curious judge who will serve Granite Staters with distinction on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.”

Elliott previously served as President of Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, P.C. from 2015-2020. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants at every level of New Hampshire state court, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She also has experience in front of the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission and New Hampshire Bureau of Tax and Land Appeals. Through her work at GC&G, she was selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America and New England Super Lawyers. The American Bar Association has rated Elliott as “well-qualified” to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.