LACONIA – Gov. John Lynch and the Executive Council today confirmed Thomas Burack, who will bring both business and environmental experience to the job, as Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services.
“New Hampshire’s environment and natural resources are among our state’s most important economic assets, and I look forward to working with Tom Burack to protect them while fostering economic growth,” Gov. Lynch said. “Tom brings a broad range of environmental and business experience to this job, and we will work closely to bring people together to find common-sense solutions that work for New Hampshire.”
Burack will begin his new post on Nov. 1.
Burack is a partner at Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green in Manchester, where he specializes in environmental, real estate and corporate law. From 1988 to 1989, Burack served as a law clerk for then-Associate New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice David Souter. From 1982 to 1984, he served as legislative assistant for environmental matters for U.S. Senator Gordon Humphrey.
Since 1990, Burack has served as chair of the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire’s WasteCap Program Steering committee, which works to help New Hampshire businesses save money by reducing solid waste, conserving energy and water, and preventing pollution. As a member of the BIA’s Environmental Affairs Committee, Burack assisted in the drafting of the state’s Brownfields Program, a law enacted in 1996 that helps promote the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties.
Burack is chair of the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Authority, and served as a member and chairman of the commission that recommended the creation of LCHIP. He is a former member of the board of trustees for the Audubon Society of New Hampshire and now serves as an honorary trustee. He also served from 1992 to 1996 as the vice chairman of the New Hampshire Superfund Task Force established by former Congressman Bill Zeliff and as a member of the New Hampshire Recycling Markets Development Steering Committee.
Burack is a member of the Board of Advisers for the George C. Marshall Foundation; a former president and chair of the board of trustees of the Truman Scholars Association; a former chairman of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s section on environmental and natural resources law; and a former legal counsel to the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.
In 2001, Business NH Magazine named Burack one of the ten state leaders on environmental matters.
Burack graduated from Dartmouth College in 1982 and received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1988.
Burack was raised in Jackson, where his parents still live. His wife, Emilie Christie, is a Lancaster native. They live with their two children in Hopkinton.