Concord, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Governor John Lynch recently nominated attorney James Bassett to the New Hampshire Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by James Duggan when he retired in January. Bassett has spent the past 27 years in private practice with the law firm of Orr & Reno. He has been actively involved in politics in the past, running for Congress in 1994 but losing in the Republican primary. He has also served on and chaired the Canterbury Board of Selectmen and currently serves on the board of directors of New Hampshire Public Radio. He attended Dartmouth College graduating 1978 and went on to attend University of Virginia School of Law earning a law degree in 1982. An avid athlete, Bassett has competed in numerous marathons and bike races including finishing 181st in the Big Sur marathon in California. Lynch commented on the nomination, stating, "His intellect, breadth of experience and long and active community involvement will make him a great addition to our state's highest court."