Maggie Hassan officially secured her seat as the new Democratic senator of New Hampshire on Nov. 8, defeating Kelly Ayotte after one of the most expensive and hard-fought races of the year. Don’t know much about her? Learn all about the ambitious politician here!
1.) Maggie Hassen was serving as the governor of New Hampshire before her big win.
She was elected as governor in 2012 and was sworn into office in 2013. Now, she has unseated Kelly Ayotte with 48% of the vote, which amounted to a 716 person difference after an extremely competitive race! “It has been a tremendous privilege to serve New Hampshire in the Senate,” Kelly said in a statement. “Now more than ever, we need to work together to address our challenges.”
2.) She’s extremely educated and knowledgeable about the political system.
Maggie has the book smarts to back up her victory, graduating from Brown University before pursuing her Doctor of Law degree from Northwestern University. She first ran for senate in 2002, but lost to Senator Russell Prescott, only to win two years later.
3.) The new Senator has been a long-time supporter of Hillary Clinton.
Maggie was a prominent advocate for Hillary in her failed 2008 presidential bid, when she ultimately lost the nomination to Barack Obama. She also endorsed the candidate in the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary.
4.) Maggie’s the only Democratic governor to call for a temporary ban on Syrian refugees.
Her communications director, William Hinkle released a statement on her behalf in 2015. “The Governor believes that the federal government should halt acceptance of refugees from Syria until intelligence and defense officials can assure that the process for vetting all refugees, including those from Syria, is as strong as possible to ensure the safety of the American people.”
5.) She’s married and is the mother of two.
Maggie and Thomas E. Hassan are happily married and the couple shares two adult children together. Now that she secured the senate seat, he will be referred to as the First Gentleman of New Hampshire!
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