Edward C. Dupont, Jr. founded the Dupont Group in 1993 after serving five terms in the New Hampshire State Senate, representing District 6. While a Senate member, Ed served as Majority Leader and as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee. Through his work on the Finance Committee and as Chair of other policy committees, Ed developed an extensive knowledge of utility, technology and banking issues. He co-chaired the joint Senate and House Committee that developed the first comprehensive reorganization of state government in over twenty years; these efforts led to the consolidation of a number of state agencies, including the creation of a new Department of Environmental Services.
In 1990, Ed was elected President of the Senate. As such, he established and chaired the first standing legislative committee on economic development in New Hampshire history. Under his leadership, the Legislature adopted initiatives to stimulate capital formation, establish the state economic development fund, provide research and development assistance for emerging companies, and reform the state Business Profits Tax (BPT) to include tax credits for jobs creation and capital investments.
After finishing his final term in the Senate, Ed was approached by a number of firms to be their in-house expert on government affairs; however, he was encouraged by family, friends, political and business leaders to establish the Dupont Group. Ed’s active involvement in both the government and business communities has provided him with the knowledge and experience necessary to build and maintain solid working relationships with government and policymakers for our clients. Ed Dupont was named one of “New Hampshire’s Ten Most Influential People” by Business NH Magazine in 2003 and 2006. He was elected Chair of the University System of New Hampshire’s Board of Trustees in 2008. He continues to be one of New Hampshire’s top lobbyists in earnings, clients and reputation.
James Monahan joined the Dupont Group in 1993 and became Vice President in 1998. He is also the founder and principal of White Birch Communications Group, the public relations and communications division of the Dupont Group. Before coming to the Dupont Group, Jim worked for the New Hampshire State Senate and in electoral politics.