TRIBUTE TO JOHN CROSIER; Congressional Record Vol. 157, No. 120
(Senate - August 02, 2011)

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                        TRIBUTE TO JOHN CROSIER

 Mrs. SHAHEEN. Mr. President, today I wish to honor John 
Crosier for his outstanding service to the State of New Hampshire's 
residents and business community.
  John retired as president of our State's largest business 
organization, the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, 
in 2004 after 16 years. He has served the residents of my State as a 
trustee of the University System of New Hampshire, a position which I 
am proud to have first appointed him to, as a member of the board of 
governors for the New Hampshire Forum on Higher Education, as a member 
of the executive committee of the Whittemore School of Business and 
Economics, and as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee 
representing State chambers of commerce. Before he came to New 
Hampshire, he worked in Massachusetts as the head of the Massachusetts 
Business Roundtable and as Commissioner of Employment Security for our 
neighboring State. He was appointed by a Republican Governor and 
reappointed by a Democratic Governor.
  John has been a board leader at numerous nonprofits in my State, 
lending his energy, intellect and voice to some of New Hampshire's most 
influential and important organizations: the New Hampshire Charitable 
Foundation, Junior Achievement, Leadership New Hampshire and the 
American Cancer Society.
  Throughout his years as the head of the Business and Industry 
Association, and through his nonprofit board leadership, John's guiding 
principle has been what's best for New Hampshire.
  When I was Governor of New Hampshire, John Crosier was one of my most 
trusted advisors. A gentleman always, his courage of conviction and 
pragmatic optimism for our State's future always trumped ideology. He 
has been, and continues to be, a role model for civility in public 
  John's commitment to New Hampshire was evident in his visionary work 
on the State's most extensive research project, which resulted in a 
statewide economic strategy in 1996--An Agenda for Continued Economic 
Opportunity in New Hampshire. That plan set forth by John has been 
credited with my State's recent strong economic recovery in relation to 
neighboring States. Pieces of it are still being used today as a 
framework for New Hampshire, and it served as the foundation for a 
similar report by my administration during my second term as Governor. 
His belief that the health of the business sector is closely tied to 
issues of education, environment, and the nonprofit sector has 
contributed to the leadership of our State and will continue to guide 
our State in the future.
  I thank John Crosier for his service to New Hampshire as he prepares 
for his well-deserved retirement. I am grateful for his friendship, 
leadership and advice throughout the years.