Kelly Ayotte

Kelly Ayotte REPRepublican

American politician

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Kelly AyotteREPRepublican American politician
54
Years of Age
10
Years of Experience
NHResidence (state)

Kelly Ann Ayotte (AY-ott; born June 27, 1968) is an American attorney and politician who served as a United States Senator for New Hampshire from 2011 to 2017, and as the state's Attorney General from 2004 to 2009. She is a member of the Republican Party. Born and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire, Ayotte is a graduate of Nashua High School, Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University School of Law. She worked as a law clerk for the New Hampshire Supreme Court before entering private practice. She served as a prosecutor for the New Hampshire Department of Justice, and briefly served as the legal counsel to New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson, before returning to the Department of Justice to serve as Deputy Attorney General of New Hampshire. In June 2004, Governor Benson appointed Ayotte as Attorney General of New Hampshire, after the resignation of Peter Heed. She became the first and only woman to serve as New Hampshire's Attorney General, serving from 2004 to 2009, after she was twice reappointed by Democratic governor John Lynch. In July 2009, Ayotte resigned as Attorney General to pursue a bid for the U.S. Senate, after three-term incumbent Judd Gregg announced his retirement from the Senate. In September 2010, Ayotte won a close victory over lawyer Ovide M. Lamontagne in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. She then defeated Democratic congressman Paul Hodes in the general election with 60% of the vote and was sworn into the U.S. Senate as a member of the 112th Congress on January 3, 2011.

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Campaign Funding

20
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$17,678,541
Total Raised
$19,253,934
Total Spent
$137,388
Cash on Hand
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
Villanova University
Juris Doctor
1993
Nashua High School South
Pennsylvania State University
Bachelor of Arts
1990
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
Senator
United States Senate
2011 - 2016
Attorney General
State of New Hampshire
2004 - 2009
Former Member
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, United States Senate
Deputy Attorney General
State of New Hampshire
2003 - 2004
Legal Counsel
Governor Craig Benson
2003
Staff
Office of the Attorney General, State of New Hampshire
2000 - 2003
Prosecutor
Office of the Attorney General, State of New Hampshire
1998 - 2000
Litigation Associate
McLane, Graf, Raulerson, and Middleton
1994 - 1998
Former Law Clerk
Honorable Sherman D. Horton, Associate Justice, New Hampshire Supreme Court
Other Experience1 - 15 of 15
Member
Maine Bar Association
Member
New Hampshire Bar Association
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, United States Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, United States Senate
Former Member
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, United Stated Senate
Former Member
Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Armed Services Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Budget Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Seapower, United States Senate