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Personal Details

Education

  • JD, School of Law, Northeastern University, 1985
  • BA, History, Brown University, 1980

Professional Experience

  • JD, School of Law, Northeastern University, 1985
  • BA, History, Brown University, 1980
  • Attorney, Sullivan, Weinstein and McQuay
  • Assistant General Counsel, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Partners Healthcare, 1993-1996
  • Attorney, Palmer and Dodge, 1985-1992
  • Information Officer, Massachusetts Department of Social Services, 1980-1982

Political Experience

  • JD, School of Law, Northeastern University, 1985
  • BA, History, Brown University, 1980
  • Attorney, Sullivan, Weinstein and McQuay
  • Assistant General Counsel, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Partners Healthcare, 1993-1996
  • Attorney, Palmer and Dodge, 1985-1992
  • Information Officer, Massachusetts Department of Social Services, 1980-1982
  • Senator, United States Senate, New Hampshire, 2016-present
  • Former President Pro Tempore, New Hampshire State Senate
  • Former Assistant Democratic Whip, New Hampshire State Senate
  • Governor, State of New Hampshire, 2013-2016
  • Candidate, United States Senate, New Hampshire, 2016
  • Candidate, Governor of New Hampshire, 2012, 2014
  • Candidate, New Hampshire State Senate, District 23, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010
  • Majority Leader, New Hampshire State Senate, 2008-2010
  • Senator, New Hampshire State Senate, District 23, 2004-2010

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Chair, Capital Budget Committee, New Hampshire State Senate

Former Chair, Commerce Committee, New Hampshire State Senate

Former Member, Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, United States Senate

Former Member, Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Vice-Chair, Energy, Environment and Economic Development, New Hampshire State Senate

Former Member, Finance Committee, New Hampshire State Senate

Former Chair, Municipal Affairs Committee, New Hampshire State Senate

Former Member, Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, United States Senate

Former Member, Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee, United States Senate

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Finance

Member, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Member, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Member, Joint Economic Committee

Member, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Member, Subcommittee on Children and Families

Member, Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth

Member, Subcommittee on Health Care

Member, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, School of Law, Northeastern University, 1985
  • BA, History, Brown University, 1980
  • Attorney, Sullivan, Weinstein and McQuay
  • Assistant General Counsel, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Partners Healthcare, 1993-1996
  • Attorney, Palmer and Dodge, 1985-1992
  • Information Officer, Massachusetts Department of Social Services, 1980-1982
  • Senator, United States Senate, New Hampshire, 2016-present
  • Former President Pro Tempore, New Hampshire State Senate
  • Former Assistant Democratic Whip, New Hampshire State Senate
  • Governor, State of New Hampshire, 2013-2016
  • Candidate, United States Senate, New Hampshire, 2016
  • Candidate, Governor of New Hampshire, 2012, 2014
  • Candidate, New Hampshire State Senate, District 23, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010
  • Majority Leader, New Hampshire State Senate, 2008-2010
  • Senator, New Hampshire State Senate, District 23, 2004-2010
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1998-present
  • Member, New Hampshire Bar Association, 1998-present
  • Member, Boston Bar Association, 1985-present
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1985-present
  • Member, United Church of Christ, Exeter, present
  • Former Vice Chair, Democratic Governors Association (DGA)
  • Former Board Member, Disabilities Rights Center
  • Former Volunteer, Exeter Public Schools
  • Former Member, Exeter School Department Budget Recommendation Committee
  • Member, New Hampshire Democratic Committee, 2004
  • Member, Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce, 2002
  • Member, Advisory Committee, New Hampshire Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission, 1999-2000
  • Board Member, Community Developmental Services, 1992-1993
  • Member, Town of Exeter New Hampshire Budget Committee, 1992-1993

Other Info

  • 1 Dog: Honey Mae

Spouse's Occupation:

Principal, Phillips Exeter Academy

Policy Positions

2020

Abortion

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

Budget

In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Unknown Position

Crime

1. Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
- Unknown Position

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

Education

1. Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- Yes

Energy

1. Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Yes

Environment

Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

Guns

Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

Health Care

Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- No

Immigration

Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

Marriage

Do you support same-sex marriage?
- Yes

National Security

Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
- Yes

Social Security

Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
- No

New Hampshire State Legislative Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test

Abortion

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

1. Abortions should always be illegal.
- No Answer

2. Abortions should always be legal.
- X

3. Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
- No Answer

4. Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
- No Answer

5. Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
- No Answer

6. Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
- No Answer

7. Allow pharmacists to dispense emergency contraceptive pills without a prescription.
- X

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Budget, Spending, and Tax

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.j) Do you support the adoption of a taxpayers? bill of rights, which would:

1. Education (higher)
- Slightly Increase

2. Education (K-12)
- Maintain Status

3. Environment
- Slightly Increase

4. Health care
- Slightly Increase

5. Law enforcement
- Maintain Status

6. Transportation and highway infrastructure
- Maintain Status

7. Welfare
- Maintain Status

8. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

9. Alcohol taxes
- Maintain Status

10. Capital gains taxes
- Maintain Status

11. Cigarette taxes
- Slightly Increase

12. Corporate taxes
- Maintain Status

13. Gasoline taxes
- Maintain Status

14. Property taxes
- Slightly Decrease

15. Vehicle taxes
- Maintain Status

16. Should Internet sales be taxed?
- Undecided

17. cap spending at the rate of inflation plus population growth?
- No

18. require a two-thirds majority to override the cap?
- No

19. require a two-thirds majority to raise taxes?
- No

20. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Campaign Finance and Government Reform

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

1. Do you support limiting the number of terms for New Hampshire governors?
- No

2. Do you support limiting the number of terms for New Hampshire state senators and representatives?
- No

3. Individual
- Yes

4. PAC
- Yes

5. Corporate
- Yes

6. Political Parties
- Undecided

7. Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
- Yes

8. Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
- Undecided

9. Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying, and ensuring accuracy of votes?
- Yes

10. Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in New Hampshire are closed?
- Yes

11. Should New Hampshire recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
- Yes

12. Should New Hampshire restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
- Undecided

13. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Crime

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

1. Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
- No Answer

2. Support the death penalty in New Hampshire.
- No Answer

3. Raise the minimum execution age in New Hampshire from 17 to 18.
- X

4. Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
- X

5. End parole for repeat violent offenders.
- X

6. Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
- X

7. Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
- No Answer

8. Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
- No Answer

9. Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
- No Answer

10. Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
- X

11. Increase funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent and to respond to terrorist attacks.
- X

12. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Education

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

1. Support national standards and testing of public school students.
- No Answer

2. Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
- No Answer

3. Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
- No Answer

4. Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
- No Answer

5. Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
- No Answer

6. Funds from affluent school districts should be redirected to meet the needs of poorer districts.
- X

7. Increase the cigarette tax to raise revenue for education.
- X

8. Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
- No Answer

9. Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
- No Answer

10. Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
- No Answer

11. Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
- No Answer

12. Increase funding for Head Start programs.
- X

13. Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
- No Answer

14. Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
- X

15. Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
- No Answer

16. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Employment and Affirmative Action

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies? decisions on:

1. Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today?s job market.
- X

2. Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
- No Answer

3. Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
- No Answer

4. Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- X

5. Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- No Answer

6. Increase the state minimum wage.
- X

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

8. Public employment
- Yes

9. State college and university admissions
- Yes

10. State contracting
- Yes

Environment and Energy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

1. Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
- X

2. Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
- No Answer

3. Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
- X

4. Increase funding for New Hampshire?s Land and Community Heritage Investment program.
- X

5. Increase the penalty for taking land out of Current Use status.
- No Answer

6. Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
- X

7. Other or expanded principles
- X

Gun

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

1. Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

2. Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

3. Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

4. Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
- No Answer

5. Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
- X

6. Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
- No Answer

7. Require a license for gun possession.
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- X

Health

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

1. Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
- X

2. Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
- No Answer

3. Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
- No Answer

4. Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
- No Answer

5. Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
- X

6. Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
- No Answer

7. Legalize physician assisted suicide in New Hampshire.
- No Answer

8. Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
- No Answer

9. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Welfare and Poverty

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.

1. Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
- No Answer

2. Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
- X

3. Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
- X

4. Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
- No Answer

5. Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
- No Answer

6. Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
- X

7. Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
- No Answer

8. Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
- No Answer

9. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Legislative Priorities

Please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- No Answer

Congress Bills
Speeches
Articles

Medium - How We Can Honor the Fallen This Memorial Day

May 22, 2020

By Sen. Maggie Hassan If I could only choose one place in New Hampshire to tell someone to visit -- to see what we really stand for -- it would be the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery. It's both a place to reflect and to find solace, and it's an honor every year to participate in its annual Memorial Day ceremony. This year, of course, our Memorial Day commemorations will be different. Many Memorial Day ceremonies have either been cancelled or moved online because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. I know it's hard not to be together in-person on such an important day, especially this year as we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. But even though we may not be attending parades or speeches, we must all still take the time to recognize our nation's greatest heroes. Last year, I visited two World War II sites -- the beaches of Normandy that Allied Forces stormed on D-Day, and the battlegrounds of the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium and Luxembourg. On the anniversary of D-Day, I joined a bipartisan group of my colleagues at Normandy, where thousands of brave young men charged through a storm of heavy gunfire to take the beaches and set us on the path to defeating the Nazis. There I visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where more than 9,000 of these courageous service members are buried. A few months later in December, I visited the hallowed grounds of the Battle of the Bulge. This was particularly special for me because my father served in that battle, and I grew up hearing stories about his time at war and the men he fought alongside. Throughout WWII, men like my father fought to protect our freedoms -- many making the ultimate sacrifice. In the Battle of the Bulge alone, there were nearly 80,000 American casualties. Standing at the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium, I saw rows and rows of gravestones marking the final resting place of thousands of those Americans, and later on I visited the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, a 57-acre cemetery that is the final resting place of forty brave Granite Staters. While visiting the burial grounds of our service members throughout Normandy and Belgium, I noticed that each cemetery was immaculately cared for by the people of France and Belgium, who are still grateful 75 years later for the sacrifices that American soldiers made for them. They are breathtaking memorials to the lives of those we lost. These sacred places both reflect our respect for our fallen heroes and also serve as a reminder to the living of the great cost of our freedom. My dad's generation -- the Greatest Generation -- never forgot the bloody consequences of their fight against fascism, continuing to reinforce democratic values throughout their lives. Generations before them did and generations after them will continue to make great sacrifices in order to defend liberty. Though we can never fully repay the sacrifices of our courageous service members and their families, we must try. This Memorial Day, I invite you to not only remember the lives and service of those we have lost, but also ask you to recommit to upholding the American values that so many have fought and died for.

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