Maggie (Margaret) Hassan earned her B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. Her career in public service began as an advocate for children with disabilities.
Hassan worked as an attorney in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire before becoming a New Hampshire State Senator in 2004. In 2013, she began two terms as the 81st Governor of New Hampshire.
She was in her second term as Governor when she was first elected to the US Senate in 2016.
HASSAN ON THE ISSUES
• “Trans rights are human rights. On #TransDayOfVisibility know that we see you, we support you, and we are fighting for you.” (http://hassan.senate.gov/)
• When the Senate was on the verge of repealing the Affordable Care Act, Hassan cast one of the deciding votes to protect it. (hassan.senate.gov)
• “Nothing is more important than keeping America safe, secure, and free. My top priority is protecting the homeland and ensuring that the United States Military remains both the strongest fighting force in the world, and also the greatest force for good.” (hassan.senate.gov)
• She is a cosponsor of the Child Care for Working Families Act, which would ensure that low- and middle-income families do not pay more than seven percent of their income for childcare. The bill would also ensure that all three- and four-year olds have access to high quality pre-school, including access to more supports for children who experience disabilities. (hassan.senate.gov)
• “I will always fight to ensure that women have the freedom to make their own health care decisions and live as free and equal citizens in our country. (http://hassan.senate.gov/) Endorsed by EMILY’S list for pro-choice Democratic Women
• 100% rating from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (votesmart.org)
• Co-sponsored bill for a background check for every firearm sale. (ontheissues.org) She has a “D” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA)
POLITICS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
Hassan defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte by fewer than 800 votes in 2016. The National Republican Senatorial Committee will fund her Republican opponent in 2022.
Current governor, and bearer of a familiar New Hampshire political name, Chris Sununu, may challenge Hassan in 2022. Although New Hampshire currently has two Democratic senators, Sununu won his latest election with 65% of the vote, compared to Hassan’s miniscule lead. This could be one of the most competitive, and costly Senate races in 2022.
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• Joint Economic Committee
• Subcommittee on Investigations
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