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Margaret Wood HassanDEMDemocrat United States Senator
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Margaret Coldwell Hassan (née Wood; born February 27, 1958) is an American politician and attorney serving as the junior United States senator from New Hampshire. A Democrat, Hassan was elected to the Senate in 2016 while serving as the 81st governor of New Hampshire, an office she held from 2013 to 2017.Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Hassan is a graduate of Brown University and earned a J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law. After graduating from law school in 1985, she worked at the law firm Palmer & Dodge. She later worked as associate general counsel for Brigham and Women’s Hospital.Hassan first ran for the New Hampshire Senate in 2002 after Democratic Party leaders recruited her. She lost to incumbent Russell Prescott but ran against Prescott again in 2004 and won. Hassan was elected to a total of three two-year terms, representing New Hampshire's 23rd district from January 2005 to December 2010. She became the State Senate majority leader in 2008 before losing reelection in a 2010 rematch with Prescott.Hassan declared her candidacy for governor in October 2011. She defeated former state senator Jacalyn Cilley in the Democratic primary and faced the Republican nominee, attorney Ovide M. Lamontagne, in the general election. Hassan won with 55% of the vote, becoming the state's second female governor. She was reelected in 2014.

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Education6 - 6 of 4
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
1976
Northeastern University
Juris Doctor
1985
Brown University
Bachelor of Arts study of history
1980
Northeastern University School of Law
Past Positions1 - 10 of 10
Senator
United States Senate, New Hampshire
2016 - Current
Governor
State of New Hampshire
2013 - 2016
Majority Leader
New Hampshire State Senate
2008 - 2010
Senator
New Hampshire State Senate
2004 - 2010
Former Assistant Democratic Whip
New Hampshire State Senate
Former President Pro Tempore
New Hampshire State Senate
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
Attorney
Sullivan, Weinstein and McQuay
Other Experience1 - 28 of 28
Member
United Church of Christ, Exeter
Current
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
Member
American Bar Association
1998 - Current
Member
New Hampshire Bar Association
1998 - Current
Board Member
Community Developmental Services
1992 - 1993
Member
Town of Exeter New Hampshire Budget Committee
1992 - 1993
Member
Massachusetts Bar Association
1985 - Current
Member
Boston Bar Association
1985 - Current
Former Board Member
Disabilities Rights Center
Former Member
Exeter School Department Budget Recommendation Committee
Former Vice Chair
Democratic Governors Association (DGA)
Former Volunteer
Exeter Public Schools
Former Chair
Municipal Affairs Committee, New Hampshire State Senate
Former Chair
Commerce Committee, New Hampshire State Senate
Former Chair
Capital Budget Committee, New Hampshire State Senate
Former Member
Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, United States Senate
Former Member
Finance Committee, New Hampshire State Senate
Former Member
Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth, United States Senate
Former Vice-Chair
Energy, Environment and Economic Development, New Hampshire State Senate