A champion for New Hampshire women and families
Annie Kuster was born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire. Her mother, Susan McLane, served in the state Senate and was a pioneer for women in Granite State politics; her father, Malcolm McLane, was a WWII veteran and POW who served as Concord mayor and as a New Hampshire executive councilor — and both taught Annie the importance of public service. She worked as an adoption attorney for 25 years, and she has said that she “witnessed the extraordinary courage and compassion of women” facing unplanned pregnancy. “Not once did I believe that the government should interfere with their personal and private decision,” Annie has said. “In fact, I believe in less government interference in people's personal lives, including whom to marry, when and whether to bear a child and how to raise kind and compassionate children.” She is a longtime community activist, and has served on the boards of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, New Hampshire Public Radio, the Capitol Center for the Arts, and Child and Family Services of New Hampshire. Annie and her husband Brad live in Hopkinton, where they raised their two sons. In 2012 she defeated an incumbent Republican to become the first woman to represent New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District. During her first term she also made history as part of the nation’s first all-women delegation. Annie works tirelessly to increase economic opportunity for Granite Staters, and she is committed to breaking through gridlock in Congress to get results for the women and families she serves.
An experienced problem solver helping Granite Staters get a fair shot
Annie has fought for legislation to help small businesses create jobs, hosted job fairs in New Hampshire, and introduced a bill in Congress to cut taxes for New Hampshire employers who provide job training for students — that was the first thing she did in Congress. Annie will continue fighting to give all New Hampshire working families a fair shot. She is a champion of women’s economic security, and is committed to passing legislation to address gender discrimination in pay, childcare affordability, paid family and medical leave, and the minimum wage. She is a strong advocate for college affordability, and prior to serving in Congress she helped create a program that makes it easier for New Hampshire families to save for their children’s education. In Congress, she continues to fight for college affordability and cosponsored bipartisan legislation to improve and strengthen college savings plans. “Keeping higher education within the reach of every young person who is willing to work hard is not just important for students, it’s important for our entire economy,” she has said. As a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee — and the daughter of a WWII veteran and POW — Annie works to ensure our veterans have access to the resources and support they need. She successfully fought for the opening of two new VA clinics to better serve New Hampshire’s North Country veterans, and helped pass a package of legislation, including her own bill, to help eliminate the claims backlog for VA benefits. Annie has examined current pain management practices within the Veterans’ Administration and its connection to the ongoing opioid epidemic in New Hampshire and across the country; and she serves as co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic.
A leader who puts New Hampshire first
Annie is a champion for New Hampshire women’s rights, and she fights back against the dangerous Republican agenda that would undo all the progress we have made. “I will continue to fight for women's health services at the federal level, and I urge my colleagues not to let such extremist, partisan games interfere with ensuring women across the country can access the health services they need and deserve,” she has said. Annie puts New Hampshire first, and she is committed to addressing Granite State working families’ most serious challenges. The EMILY’s List community is proud of her continued leadership, and is thrilled to support her as she keeps moving New Hampshire forward.