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Kelly Ayotte
Kelly Ayotte.jpg
U.S. Senate, New Hampshire
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
PredecessorJudd A. Gregg (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$4,414,291
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Hampshire Attorney General
Bachelor'sPennsylvania State University
J.D.Villanova University
Date of birthJune 27, 1968
Place of birthNashua, New Hampshire
Net worth(2012) $773,505
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Kelly A. Ayotte (b. June 27, 1968, in Nashua, NH) is a Republican member of the United States Senate from the state of New Hampshire. She was first elected to the Senate in 2010. Ayotte is considered a possible presidential candidate in 2016.

Prior to her election to the U.S. Senate, Ayotte was a prosecutor for the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Ayotte is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Ayotte was born in Nashua, New Hampshire. She attended Nashua High School and received a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in political science. Her thesis was The informal organizational culture's effects on women faculty in the College of Liberal Arts at the Pennsylvania State University.[2] In 1993, Ayotte graduated from Villanova University School of Law, where she had served as editor of the Environmental Law Journal.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Ayotte's academic, political and professional career:[1]

  • 2011-Present: U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
  • 2004-2009: Attorney General of New Hampshire
  • 2003-2004: Deputy Attorney General of New Hampshire
  • 2003: Legal Counsel for Republican Governor Craig Benson
  • 1998-2003: Prosecutor for the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General
  • 1994-1998: Associate at McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton
  • 1993: Graduated from Villanova University with a J.D.
  • 1990: Graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Ayotte serves on the following committees:[3]


Ayotte served on the following Senate committees:[4]


Ayotte served on the following committees:[5]

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Ayotte's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Nay3.png Ayotte voted against the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[8]

Drones filibuster
See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[9][10][11]

According to the website Breitbart, Ayotte was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[12][13]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[14]


Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

An aide for Ayotte said, "Any days that federal workers do not get paid, Sen. Ayotte will donate her salary to a New Hampshire charity."[15]

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[16] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Ayotte voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[17]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png Ayotte voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[18]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Mexico-U.S. border

Yea3.png Ayotte voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[19]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Ayotte voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[20]

Background checks on gun sales

On April 17, 2013, the U.S. Senate took a vote on and defeated a measure that would have expanded federal background checks for firearms purchases.[21] The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling six votes short of the required 60-vote threshold.[22] Only four Republican members of the Senate voted for the bill, and Ayotte was not one of them-- making her the sole senator from the Northeast to take part in what was called a "triumph for the National Rifle Association."[23][24] Despite New Hampshire's as well as the region's "long tradition of support for gun rights," one poll from 2013 showed that almost 95 percent of state residents supported background checks. Underlining this statistic, in the weeks following her vote against the legislation, Ayotte encountered severe backlash on both the local and national level. In addition to declining job approval ratings, tensions over Ayotte's decision to oppose the Senate's bipartisan efforts--with full backing from the Obama administrion--to stiffen background checks for prospective gun owners came to the fore through a series of tense live interactions at town hall meetings back in New Hampshire in the aftermath of the vote. The town halls were arranged by national organizations such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and liberal think tank the Center for American Progress, in partnership with New Hampshire voters and local gun control activists.[24] When prompted by the son of one of the victims from the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, to defend her nay vote, Ayotte said she did not believe in the bill's ability to prevent tragedies such as the Newtown elementary school shooting, and instead would like to redirect the debate to target the mental health issues at the root of the violence. She also acknowledged the amount of resistance her vote provoked from colleagues and constituents, saying that “We can have strong disagreements, but ultimately everything should be debated and discussed. And I’ll continue to do that.” Ayotte indicated that she would support measures which, unlike the legislation she recently rejected, would effectively motivate the U.S. Justice Department to take their job of enforcing and prosecuting existing gun laws more seriously, and to staunch the sales of firearms on the black market."[24]

As of Public Policy Polling Institute's April 19-21 poll, Ayotte's approval rating dropped 15 percentage points since October, and 50 percent of New Hampshire voters surveyed said that Ayotte’s rejection of the background check plan would make them less likely to support her in a future election, while 23 percent viewed her decision favorably.[25]

Mental heath bill

Following the Navy Yard shootings in September 2013, Ayotte and Mark Begich released a joint statement asking the Senate to consider a bill on mental health. They said, "Given the clear connection between recent mass shootings and mental illness, the Senate should not delay bipartisan legislation that would help address this issue. We urge Leader Reid and Leader McConnell to work together to bring this bill to the Senate floor as a stand-alone bill that could be voted on and passed immediately."[26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Ayotte voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]


On The Issues Vote Match

Kelly Ayotte's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Ayotte is a Hard-Core Conservative. Ayotte received a score of 10 percent on social issues and 78 percent on economic issues.[28]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[29]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Neutral
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[28] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

National security

Letter to Iran

On March 9, 2015, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) wrote a letter to Iran's leadership, warning them that signing a nuclear deal with the Obama administration without congressional approval was merely an "executive agreement." The letter also stated that "The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time." The letter was signed by 47 Republican members of the Senate. Ayotte was one of the 47 who signed the letter. No Democrats signed it.[30]

The letter caused intense backlash from both the Obama administration and the public. Vice President Joe Biden said of the letter, "In thirty-six years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary — that the president does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them."[31] On Twitter, the hashtag "47Traitors" became the top trending topic in the world, and a debate raged as to whether the 47 who signed the letter were traitors or patriots.[32]

Financial disclosure

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which operates the political financial information website,, the then United States Senator-elect Kelly Ayotte failed to file a personal financial disclosure report for calendar year 2009. While there are records showing that the former New Hampshire Attorney General had filed a disclosure form covering the period of time between January 2008 until November 2009, four months after officially launching her Senate campaign, there is nothing to suggest that she delivered the form comprising all of the year 2009. Disclosure rules set down by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics "require any individual Senate candidate who raises or spends more than $5,000 to file a personal financial disclosure report within 30 days of meeting that financial threshold" and continue filing "reports every year he or she continues to be a candidate."[33][34] Filing late with the committee will earn a candidate a $200 fine and "willful falsification of information of failure to file or report information required" can lead to a civil penalty up to $50,000, disciplinary action by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics or criminal prosecution.[33]

Jeff Grappone, a spokesman for the Republican Senator, stated that she was unaware that she needed to file the form. Ayotte, who resigned from her statewide position as attorney general on July 17, 2009, "received no additional income" for that year and did not believe she "needed to file an additional form," according to a statement released by the campaign.[35] About a day after this report was published, Ayotte's spokesman reported that she had since filed the belated report with the committee.[36]


Prior to the launch of her United States Senate campaign, Ayotte had simply stated that she was pro-life. In the run up to her throwing her hat into the Senate campaign ring, however, she clarified her position, arguing that "she would support abortion in limited cases, such as rape, incest or medical emergency."[37] Ayotte had also said that she was "committed to rescinding taxpayer funding of abortion in health care," in particular those concessions made by pro-abortion groups that helped assure the passage of the federal health care reform measure in March 2010.[38]

During the course of her 2010 United States Senate campaign, Ayotte received the endorsement of several pro-life originations, including the Susan B. Anthony List and the National Right to Life PAC, in addition to numerous national pro-life figures such as former Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.[39][40][41]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Kelly Ayotte endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [42]

Endorsement of Scott Brown

Ayotte endorsed Scott Brown in his run for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire before he had officially announced his candidacy. Ayotte said, "I served with Sen. Brown, I have a lot of respect for him. It’s up to him whether he’s going to run. But absolutely he’d be a very strong candidate."[43]



See also: United States Senate election in New Hampshire, 2016

A survey conducted November 12-18, 2014, by Purple Insights on behalf of Bloomberg Politics and Saint Anselm reported high favorability ratings for Ayotte. According to the study's results, Ayotte was viewed favorably by 47 percent of general election voters and unfavorably by only 27 percent.[44]


In December 2014, the New England College Polling Institute conducted a poll between Ayotte and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D). Although Hassan had not yet announced if she would run for the U.S. Senate seat, she was considered a strong potential candidate, and the poll's results revealed that this potential match-up could be a close race.[45]

Poll Kelly Ayotte Maggie HassanAnother CandidateNot SureMargin of ErrorSample Size
New England College Polling Institute
December 1, 2014
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On November 2, 2010, Ayotte was elected to the United States Senate. She defeated Paul W. Hodes (D), Chris Booth (Independent) and Ken Blevens (Libertarian).[46]

U.S. Senate, New Hampshire General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKelly Ayotte 60.1% 273,218
     Democratic Paul W. Hodes 36.8% 167,545
     Independent Chris Booth 2% 9,194
     Libertarian Ken Blevens 1% 4,753
Total Votes 454,710

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Ayotte attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Ayotte is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Ayotte raised a total of $4,414,291 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[47]

Kelly Ayotte's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (New Hampshire) Won $4,414,291
Grand Total Raised $4,414,291

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Ayotte was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. Her campaign committee raised a total of $4,414,291 and spent $3,540,079.[48]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Ayotte's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $436,015 and $1,489,999. That averages to $963,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Ayotte ranked as the 64th most wealthy senator in 2012.[49] Between 2009 and 2012, Ayotte's calculated net worth[50] increased by an average of 35 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[51]

Kelly Ayotte Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:106%
Average annual growth:35%[52]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[53]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Ayotte received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Securities & Investment industry.

From 2005-2014, 27.47 percent of Ayotte's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[54]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Kelly Ayotte Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $8,142,707
Total Spent $6,364,159
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$773,942
Lawyers/Law Firms$285,490
% total in top industry9.5%
% total in top two industries15.27%
% total in top five industries27.47%


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Ayotte was a "rank-and-file Republican" as of July 2014[55] This was the same rating Ayotte received in May 2013.

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[56]

Ayotte most often votes with:

Ayotte least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime missed votes

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Ayotte missed 14 of 1,010 roll call votes from January 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.4 percent, which is better than the median of 2.0 percent among current senators as of July 2014.[57]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Ayotte paid her congressional staff a total of $1,334,769 in 2011. She ranked second on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked second overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, New Hampshire ranked 48th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $413,476,982 in fiscal year 2011.[58]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Ayotte ranked 35th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[59]


Ayotte ranked 36th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[60]


Ayotte ranked 17th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[61]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Ayotte voted with the Republican Party 85.1 percent of the time, which ranked 31st among the 45 Senate Republican members as of July 2014.[62]


Ayotte voted with the Republican Party 84.4 percent of the time, which ranked 32nd among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[63]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Judd Gregg
United States Senate
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Peter Heed
New Hampshire Attorney General
Succeeded by
Michael Delaney