New Hampshire’s Essence: Civic Engagement & Civility
Civic engagement and civil discourse are long-standing traditions in New Hampshire, but are these qualities still part of the essence of the state today? In this year's William W. Treat Lecture presented by Constitutionally Speaking, former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg and Union Leader publisher Joe McQuaid will discuss what makes New Hampshire special, and what steps might ensure civil political dialogue and active civic engagement live on for future generations in the Granite State.
Senator Judd Gregg has the unique honor of being the first elected official in New Hampshire history to serve the state in each of the following capacities: three terms as United States Senator, 1993-2011; two terms as Governor of New Hampshire, 1989-1993; four terms as United States Representative for New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District, 1981-1989; and one term as Executive Councilor for New Hampshire’s District 5, 1979-1981.
A leading voice for fiscal discipline, the Nashua native was chairman and ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, as well as the chief negotiator of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act after the recession of 2008. Working across the aisle, Senator Gregg was a key decision maker on several important issues from championing bipartisan efforts to address our looming entitlement crisis to improving our health care system and revamping our complex and inequitable tax system.
Joseph “Joe” McQuaid is a third generation newsman. His father BJ McQuaid was a founder of the New Hampshire Sunday News, which later became part of the Union Leader, owned by William and Nackey Loeb. McQuaid started working at the Union Leader part-time in high school. He became an editor and was eventually named president and publisher upon Mrs. Loeb’s retirement in 1999. Before Mrs. Loeb’s passing, she asked McQuaid to assist in the effort to open the nonprofit Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications. McQuaid was inducted into the New England Academy of Journalists in 2002, and the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2019.