Maggie Hassan

Born:February 27, 1958 (age 62)
Career:U.S. Senate, 2017-present
Governor of New Hampshire, 2013-2017
New Hampshire State Senate, 2005-2010
State:New Hampshire
Education:B.A., Brown University
J.D., Northeastern School of Law

Margaret "Maggie" Hassan assumed office as a U.S. senator from New Hampshire in January 2017. Previously, she was governor of New Hampshire from 2013 to 2017, the second woman to be elected to the office after fellow Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

Hassan was born February 27, 1958, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her father, Robert Coldwell Wood, briefly served as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Hassan earned her B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from the Northeastern School of Law in 1985. She began her career in private practice, served as an associate counsel at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston from 1993 to 1996, and then returned to private practice in New Hampshire in 1996.

Hassan began her career in public service in 1999 when she was appointed as a citizen advisor to the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission. She ran for the New Hampshire state Senate in 2002 but lost. In 2004, she ran again and won, representing the 23rd district for three terms until losing re-election in 2010. During her time in office, she served as both resident pro tempore and majority leader of the State Senate, as chair of both the Commerce Committee and the Public and Municipal Affairs Committee, on the Finance Committee, and as vice chair of the Committee on Energy, Environment and Economic Development.

In 2011, after Governor John Lynch announced he would not be running for reelection, Hassan ran for governor and won. Hassan was elected vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association in December 2013, and won re-election as New Hampshire governor in 2014.

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