Policies that work and issues that matter
Maggie Hassan is running to represent New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate, where she’ll fight for hardworking women and families in the state. When her son Ben was diagnosed with cerebral palsy 26 years ago, Maggie realized that the reason he would be able to go to school with the other children in their community was “because of the advocates and families who had come before us.” Shortly after Ben’s diagnosis, Maggie became an advocate herself, balancing her job as an attorney with working with Concord politicians to make better policies for children. Growing up, her father taught her that “policies that don’t help people are bad policies,” and Maggie has spent her career in public service motivated by that same belief.
A pragmatic problem-solver with New Hampshire values
From her time in the New Hampshire state legislature to her years serving as the state’s governor, Maggie has shown she knows what to do to get things done — and she’s done it with pragmatism and compassion. Because of Ben’s diagnosis, issues like equal pay, access to public education, and access to affordable insurance are deeply personal for her. Maggie is pro-choice and strongly supports the right of women to make their own reproductive health care decisions. As governor, she worked to expand access to Medicaid coverage for some of New Hampshire’s most vulnerable citizens and, under her watch, New Hampshire was named one of the best states in the country for child well-being. When she is elected, Maggie will bring her New Hampshire values with her to the U.S. Senate, believing that “the equal devotion to individual freedom and community [that] we share in New Hampshire is what makes America unique in the world.”
A chance to take back the Senate and an opponent who’s too extreme for New Hampshire
Maggie is running for a seat currently held by Kelly Ayotte, a Republican senator whose agenda is too extreme for New Hampshire. Kelly Ayotte voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act and has repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood. This seat is a must-win for Democrats to take back control of the Senate — and Maggie is the best candidate to win. But with all eyes on New Hampshire in 2016, deep-pocketed special interests and extremist donors will be pouring resources into the state and doing everything they can to keep this seat for the GOP — and outside groups have already spent money trying to attack Maggie. We’ve been with Maggie since her first race for New Hampshire state senator, and Maggie will need the full support of the EMILY’s List community to get the message out about how out of touch Kelly Ayotte is with the issues that matter to women and families in the state — and she’ll need our support to win.