Policies that work and issues that matter
Maggie Hassan was elected 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. Now, 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 tough fighter when we need one most
In 2016, Maggie faced one of the toughest fights of the cycle, ultimately winning her battle to unseat Sen. Kelly Ayotte, an extreme Republican incumbent who had repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood. We’ve been with Maggie since her first race for New Hampshire state senator, and we are proud to see her take her place in the U.S. Senate.The EMILY’s List community raised more than $1 million to support Maggie’s campaign and WOMEN VOTE! invested more than $3.5 million defining her opponent’s record on women’s access to health care. At a time when every issue that matters to women and families is on the table, we know Maggie is no stranger to tough battles, and that she’ll fight hard to defend our rights every single day.