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2024 LECTURE SERIES: “An Insider’s Take on NH’s Presidential Primary” with Thomas Rath

April 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


On April 17th, Thomas Rath will present An Insider’s Take on NH’s Presidential Primary. His talk will address what’s really important—and what goes on behind the scenes—at New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation Presidential primary. It will include anecdotes from his experience as a seasoned participant in and observer of New Hampshire’s political scene.

Thomas D. Rath served as the 21st Attorney General of New Hampshire, succeeding David Souter upon the latter’s appointment to the New Hampshire Superior Court in 1978.  Mr. Rath is the founder of the law firm of Rath, Young & Pignatelli and has been actively involved in government relations since entering private practice in 1980.  Mr. Rath was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to be a director of the Legal Services Corporation. He served as the Chairman of the election campaigns of New Hampshire’s former U.S. Senators Warren Rudman and Judd Gregg, and he actively assisted in the U.S. Senate process that confirmed David Souter as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He has served as a senior national advisor to the presidential campaigns of Howard Baker, Robert Dole, Lamar Alexander, Mitt Romney, and George W. Bush. He was a delegate to each of the Republican National Conventions from 1984 through 2016, and he was the Republican Party National Committeeman for New Hampshire from 1996-2000 and 2002-2007. Mr. Rath is widely respected as a political analyst at both the state and national level, and he appears regularly on national, regional and state television newsmaker programs.

Program is part of the 2024 Lecture Series "Political Engagement in New Hampshire: Past and Present," and it begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Shaw Research Library of the Portsmouth Athenæum at 9 Market Square in Portsmouth, NH (unless otherwise noted). Reservations for each program are required as seating is limited. Online registration is below. If unable to keep your reservation, please call (603) 431-2538 to release the seat for someone else. NOTE: Online registration ends 24 hours before the program begins; thereafter, please call (603) 431-2538, if space is available.

Attendance is FREE for Athenæum Proprietors, Subscribers, and Friends. Guests and members of the public are welcome to attend the entire series by becoming a Friend of the Athenæum for as little as $25 per year, payable at the door. Admission to an individual program is $15.

The 2024 Lecture Series "Political Engagement in New Hampshire: Past and Present" is sponsored by Whole Wealth Management.


April 17
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Portsmouth Athenaeum, 9 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801, USA
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