Kelly Ayotte

Born:June 27, 1968 (age 55)
Career:U.S. Senate, 2011-2017
New Hampshire Attorney General, 2004-2009
State:New Hampshire
Education:B.A., Pennsylvania State University
J.D., Villanova University - School of Law

Kelly Ayotte served as New Hampshire's United States senator from 2011 to 2017. On July 24, 2023, Ayotte announced her candidacy for governor of New Hampshire.

Ayotte was born June 27, 1968, in Nashua, New Hampshire. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in political science. In 1993, she graduated from Villanova University School of Law with a Juris Doctor.

From 199301994, Ayotte served as a law clerk in the New Hampshire supreme court, then worked in private practice until 1998 when she became a prosecutor in the New Hampshire attorney general’s office, later becoming head of the homicide division. In 2003, she was named state deputy attorney general and in 2004 she became first female attorney general in New Hampshire.

Ayotte resigned as attorney general to run for the U.S. Senate in 2011, winning that election. She ran for re-election in 2016, losing to Governor Maggie Hassan in a very tight race. After leaving office, Ayotte became a visiting fellow at Harvard University.

For information on Ayotte's policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation during her time in the U.S. Senate, please visit her profile on


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