2024 Speakers and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Christopher T. Sununu
State of New Hampshire
Christopher T. Sununu, New Hampshire's 82nd Governor, now in his fourth term, holds the record for the most votes in state history (2020). Under his leadership, New Hampshire ranks as the #1 state for personal freedoms and fiscal responsibility, per the Cato Institute. He's achieved three balanced budgets with no new taxes, cutting the Interest & Dividends Tax for retirees, offering tax relief to employers and small businesses, reducing property taxes by $100 million, introducing voluntary paid family medical leave, and increasing public education funding. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he balanced health and economic concerns effectively, making New Hampshire one of the safest states for COVID. The state is now the Northeast's fastest-growing, boasts low unemployment, and has the nation's lowest child poverty rate. Governor Sununu pioneered The Doorway and the Recovery Friendly Workplace initiative, national models for substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery. New Hampshire, per the CDC, was one of four states to reduce drug overdose deaths in 2021. Chris is an MIT graduate with a BS in Civil/Environmental Engineering and a former environmental engineer. He also completed a five-month through-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 1998. Governor Sununu resides in Newfields with his wife, Valerie, and their three children.