Bonnie Newman

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Jane Ellen "Bonnie" Newman (born June 2, 1945) is a New Hampshire businesswoman and Republican. She served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the Reagan administration [1] and as assistant for management and administration to President George H.W. Bush. She has a long history with the University of New Hampshire, serving as the assistant dean of students from 1969 to 1972, dean of students from 1972-1978, and interim dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics from 1998-1999.[2]

Senate Appointment

On February 3, 2009, President Barack Obama appointed New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg as Secretary of Commerce. In response, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch announced that he would appoint Newman to the United States Senate seat currently held by Gregg. In appointing Newman, a Republican, Lynch ensured that the Democrats would not gain a filibuster-proof majority.[3]