Kay Hagan

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Kay Hagan
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U.S. Senate, North Carolina
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Carolina State Senator from the 27th district
North Carolina State Senator from the 32nd district
Bachelor'sFlorida State University
J.D.Wake Forest University
Date of birthMay 26, 1953
Place of birthShelby, North Carolina
ProfessionAttorney, Banker
Office website
Campaign website
Kay Ruthven Hagan (b. May 26, 1953) is a Democratic member of the United States Senate from North Carolina. She was first elected to the Senate in 2008.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hagan is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[1]


Hagan was born in Shelby, North Carolina. She earned a B.A. from Florida State University in 1975 and a Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University in 1978.[2]


After her education, Hagan worked in the financial industry, becoming a vice president of North Carolina's largest bank, NCNB (North Carolina National Bank), which is now a part of Bank of America.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Hagan serves on the following committees:[4]


Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Hagan 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 a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]



On November 4, 2008, Hagan was elected to the United States Senate. She defeated Elizabeth Dole (R), Christopher Cole (Libertarian), and the write-in candidates.[6]

United States Senate, North Carolina General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKay Hagan Incumbent 52.7% 2,249,311
     Republican Elizabeth Dole 44.2% 1,887,510
     Libertarian Christopher Cole 3.1% 133,430
     Write-in 0% 1,719
Total Votes 4,271,970

Campaign donors



Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Heller paid his congressional staff a total of $2,947,537 in 2011. She ranks 12th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and she ranks 14th overall of the highest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, North Carolina ranks 34th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[7]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Hagan's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $3,139,633 and $34,360,977. That averages to $18,750,305, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[8]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Kay Hagan voted with the Democratic Party 90.0% of the time, which ranked 42nd among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[9]

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Hagan and her husband Chip have three children.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth Dole
United States Senate - North Carolina
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Garwood
North Carolina State Senate - District 27
Succeeded by
Don Vaughan
Preceded by
John Blust
North Carolina State Senate - District 32
Succeeded by
Linda Garrou