JUDD GREGG was born in Nashua, New Hampshire. He received degrees from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1965 and Columbia University in 1969. He earned a law degree from Boston University Law School in 1972 and a degree in tax law in 1975. His first public office was as a member of the New Hampshire Executive Council, an institution that predates the American Revolution and that must approve all state expenditures and appointments made by the governor. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980, and he was reelected in 1982, 1984, and 1986. He served on the House Committee on Government Operations, the Committee on Science and Technology, and the influential Ways and Means Committee. In 1988 he was elected governor and he was reelected in 1990. He served as chair of the New England Governors’ Conference.