Christopher T. Sununu ’98 was elected governor of New Hampshire on Nov. 8, and in January will become the nation’s youngest governor at age 42.
Sununu graduated from MIT with an environmental engineering degree and spent the next eight years working to clean up hazardous waste sites before running Sununu Enterprises, a strategic consulting group. In 2010, he led a group of investors in the buyout of Waterville Valley Resort where he became general manager and CEO, and was also elected to the New Hampshire Executive Council where he is serving his third term.
“Republican Chris Sununu Elected Governor Of New Hampshire,” CBS Boston, Nov. 8, 2016
“(Sununu) frequently described himself as a ‘stakeholder’ in the key issues facing the state and said he’d focus on maintaining the state’s tradition of local control in education, health care and other issues.”
A Course 1E graduate, Sununu is the most recent in a line of MIT-educated family members to earn election to public office. His father, John H. Sununu ’61, SM ’63, PhD ’66 served three terms as New Hampshire governor (1975–1989) and was the White House Chief of Staff for President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1991. John H. Sununu also served on MIT’s Advisory Board of the Technology and Policy Program from 1984–1989.
Christopher Sununu’s brother, John E. Sununu ’87, SM ’87, served as member of New Hampshire’s House of Representatives from 1997–2003 and was the state’s senator from 2003–2009.
As a student at MIT, Sununu was a part of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and played men’s rugby, where he served as a team correspondent for The Tech.
As of the 2016 United States elections, Sununu is one of three MIT alumni governors or governors-elect within the United States government. Ricardo “Ricky” Rosselló ’01, a Course 10 graduate, was elected governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Thomas Wolf PhD ’81, a Course 17 graduate, was elected governor of Pennsylvania in 2014.