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Meet the U.S. Attorney

Emily Gray Rice

US Attorney, Emily Gray Rice


Emily Gray Rice is the 56th United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire.  She was sworn in on January 8, 2016 after being nominated by President Obama and after being unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.  Ms. Rice is the first woman appointed by the President to serve as New Hampshire’s United States Attorney.

As United States Attorney, Ms. Rice is the chief federal law enforcement officer for the District and leads an office dedicated to prosecuting the full range of federal criminal offenses, defending the United States in civil actions, and collecting debts owed to the United States.   Ms. Rice represents the interests of New Hampshire’s law enforcement community on several subcommittees and working groups of the United States Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, including the Controlled Substances and Asset Forfeiture, Child Exploitation and Obscenity, and Service Members and Veterans’ Rights Working Groups, and the Border and Immigration Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, and Criminal Practice Subcommittees.

Ms. Rice has enjoyed a long career as a trial lawyer and public servant, beginning with her service as a member of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office where she became a senior assistant attorney general and chief of the bureau of civil law. 

While working in private practice, Ms. Rice was extensively involved in New Hampshire’s civic life and legal community, co-chairing the Governor’s Judicial Selection Committee, leading non-profit boards and participating in court and bar committees.  Ms. Rice has been recognized by the New Hampshire Bar Association with the Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism; by the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association with the Ricker Achievement Award; and by the New Hampshire Bar Foundation as an Honorary Fellow.   

United States Attorney Rice earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees at Boston University, and is a proud graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law. 


Updated December 7, 2016