Kelly Ayotte

Born:June 27, 1968 (age 51)
Career:U.S. Senate, 2011-2017
New Hampshire Attorney General, 2004-2009
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.

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.

Previously, Ayotte held the positions of deputy attorney general and the chief of the homicide unit. As New Hampshire's top murder prosecutor, Ayotte secured convictions for two defendants who had been charged with brutally killing two Dartmouth College professors. From 2004–2009, Ayotte served as New Hampshire's attorney general, becoming the first woman to hold this position. During this time, she also served as a board member of the Public Advisory Board at Saint Anselm College's New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Ayotte ran for re-election in 2016, facing off against Governor Maggie Hassan. Ayotte lost to Hassan by 1,024 votes.

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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