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Senator
Maggie Hassan


New Hampshire


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EXPERIENCE

Senator 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 after her oldest son, Ben was born with cerebral palsy.

Hassan worked as an attorney in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire before becoming a New Hampshire State Senator in 2004. She was the State Senate Majority Leader from 2008-2010. In 2013, she began two terms as the 81st Governor of New Hampshire. 

She was in her second term as Governor when she was elected to the US Senate in 2016.

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS SENATOR

The Senator has led efforts to create jobs and support innovative businesses, including by expanding COVID-19 relief to more small businesses in New Hampshire and expanding high-speed internet access throughout the state. Senator Hassan has also led efforts to combat climate change, which threatens our environment and our economy. 

Senator Hassan has led bipartisan efforts to lower Granite Staters’ health care costs, combat the substance use disorder crisis, and address the COVID-19 pandemic. She has worked across the aisle to pass legislation into law to help end the practice of surprise medical billing and increase access to lower-cost prescription medication. Since 2017, Senator Hassan has helped secure a nine-fold increase in funding to New Hampshire to help prevent and treat substance use disorder. And Senator Hassan has helped to negotiate and pass into law crucial COVID-19 relief packages.

In addition, Senator Hassan has successfully passed into law bipartisan legislation to strengthen terrorism prevention efforts at the Department of Homeland Security and improve cybersecurity at a federal, state, and local level. She has helped to pass into law bipartisan legislation to improve veterans’ access to COVID-19 vaccines, eliminate barriers to care that many women veterans face, and strengthen veterans’ access to mental health care.

 

SELECTED ENDORSEMENTS 

·       American Federation of Government Employees

·       American Nurses Association

·       EMILY's List

·       Human Rights Campaign

·       J Street PAC

·       NARAL Pro-Choice America

·       National Education Association

·       National Organization for Women

·       National Women's Political Caucus

·       New Hampshire AFL-CIO

·       New Hampshire Sierra Club

·       Newtown Action Alliance

·       NextGen America

·       Planned Parenthood Action Fund

·       Population Connection

·       Pride Fund to End Gun Violence

·       Sierra Club

·       State Employees Association of New Hampshire

 

 

POLITICS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Hassan defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte by exactly 1017 votes in 2016. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has targeted her seat as a top priority in 2022.

Hassan’s opponent is Don Bolduc who defeated state Senate President Chuck Morse In the 9/13 primary 37%-36%.  Many national republican leaders as well as republican Gov. Chris Sununu supported Morse in the primary given Bolduc’s extreme and controversial statements and positions. Bolduc is a retired Army brigadier general. He is  a pro-MAGA,  election result denier who believes the 2020 election was stolen. Democrats as well as many republicans believe Bolduc will be toxic in the general election perhaps giving Hassan an edge in what otherwise promises to be an extremely competitive race the outcome of which will weigh heavily in determining control of the U.S. Senate.

 

COMMITTEES + CAUCUSES

Member, Committee on Finance

Member, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Member, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Member, Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Member, Joint Economic Committee

Member, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Member, Subcommittee on Children and Families

Member, Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure

Chair, Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management

Member, Subcommittee on Health Care

Member, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security

Member, Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy