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|Junior U.S. Senator from New Hampshire|
From: January 3, 2017 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Former Governor of New Hampshire|
From: January 3, 2013 – January 2, 2017
|Former Majority Leader of the New Hampshire Senate|
From: January 3, 2008 – December 1, 2010
|Former State Senator from New Hampshire's 23rd District|
From: December 1, 2004 – December 1, 2010
Margaret Coldwell “Maggie” Hassan is the current junior senator from New Hampshire. She was elected to the seat in 2016, defeated her then-incumbent Republican predecessor Kelly Ayotte in the 2016 Senate race by a slim margin of 743 votes. Prior to serving in the Senate, Hassen was the Governor of New Hampshire. She is the second woman in American history to be elected as both Governor and United States Senator, along with fellow New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
Early political career
In 1999, Governor Jeanne Shaheen asked her to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission. Her experience as a business attorney, along with her role as the parent of a child who experiences disabilities, enabled her to provide a unique perspective as the commission did its work.
New Hampshire Senate
Senator Hassan was first elected to the New Hampshire Senate in 2004, serving the people of the 23rd District. During her six years in the State Senate, she was selected by her colleagues to serve as both President Pro Tempore and Majority Leader.
Governor of New Hampshire
In 2013, she became the 81st Governor of New Hampshire. Throughout her two terms as Governor, she responsibly balanced the state budget; created a business-friendly environment that saw New Hampshire's unemployment rate drop to among the lowest in the nation; worked to implement a comprehensive, hands-on approach to the heroin, fentanyl and opioid crisis; and froze in-state tuition at state universities for the first time in 25 years while lowering tuition at community colleges.
United States Senate
Hassan earned her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from the Northeastern School of Law. She and her husband Tom, who serves as the President of School Year Abroad, are the proud parents of two children. Senator Hassan was drawn to public service as an advocate fighting to ensure that children like her son Ben, who experiences severe disabilities, would be fully included in their communities and have the same opportunities that all parents want for their children.