Kay Hagan

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Kay Hagan
Kay Hagan.jpg
U.S. Senate, North Carolina
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PredecessorElizabeth Dole (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,557,412
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
Net worth$17,833,270
Office website
Campaign website
Kay Ruthven Hagan (b. May 26, 1953, in Shelby, North Carolina) is a Democratic member of the United States Senate from North Carolina. She was first elected to the Senate in 2008.[1]

Hagan faces a powerful Republican force in her bid for re-election as she seeks a second term in November 2014.[2]

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Hagan was a member of the North Carolina State Senate from 1999 to 2009.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Hagan is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, she may break with the Democratic Party line more than her fellow members.


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.[1]


Prior to beginning her political career, Hagan worked in the financial industry. During this time she became 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]


Hagan served on the following committees:[5]


Legislative actions

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 Hagan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Hagan voted for 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]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Hagan, despite being a Democrat in a red state, stuck with the party in rejecting the House passed provision that would delay the implementation of Obamacare for a year. No Democrats crossed party lines in the vote.[9]

Hagan has said that she plans to donate the pay she makes over the course of the shutdown.[10]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Nay3.png On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years.[11] No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014.[11] Hagan was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.

The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.[11]

The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.

The House plan brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs, and it ordered up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.[11]

The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would have left the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.[11]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Hagan 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 suspended 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.[12]


Completion of fence along Mexico border

Voted "No" Hagan voted against 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.[13]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Hagan 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.[14]

Gay marriage

On March 27, 2013, Hagan posted a message on Facebook, giving her position on gay marriage, saying, "Marriage equality is a complex issue with strong feelings on both sides, and I have a great deal of respect for varying opinions on the issue. After much thought and prayer, I have come to my own personal conclusion that we shouldn’t tell people who they can love or who they can marry."[15]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[16]



See also: United States Senate elections in North Carolina, 2014

The FiscalTimes compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.[17]

According to an April 2013 Politico report, Hagan had already raised $1.6 million and had $2.7 million cash on hand.[18]

Democrat Hagan was "swept into office with the aid of presidential turnout in 2008".[17] This time around, there’s no presidential race above her on the ballot and turnout is expected to be down.[17] Among the possible Republican candidates are North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis and Reps. Renee Ellmers, Patrick McHenry, Virginia Foxx and George Holding.[17] Although recent polls show Hagan leading these potential challengers, her middling approval rating and the midterm dynamics make this race a toss-up.[17]


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.[19]

U.S. 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 Write-in 0% 1,719
Total Votes 4,271,970

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hagan is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Hagan raised a total of $8,557,412 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2013.[20]

Kay Hagan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. Senate (North Carolina) Won $8,557,412
Grand Total Raised $8,557,412


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hagan’s reports.[21]

Kay Hagan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2013$1,365,627.08$1,622,571.71$(279,822.20)$2,708,376
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2013$2,708,376.59$2,057,465.19$(584,754.52)$4,181,087.26
Running totals


Top recipients of lobbyist contributions

On a list of Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013 from Open Secrets, Hagan ranked 6th on the list with $70,300 in lobbyist contributions.[24]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hagan is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 24, 2013.[25]

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.[26]

Hagan most often votes with:

Hagan least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Hagan missed 18 of 1,278 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Apr 2013, which is 1.4% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[27]

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 her congressional staff a total of $2,947,537 in 2011. She ranked 12th on the list of the highest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 14th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, North Carolina ranked 34th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[28]

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, Hagan's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,881,562 to $32,784,978. That averages to $17,833,270, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. Her average net worth decreased by 4.89% from 2010.[29]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[30]

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. Hagan ranked 48th in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators.[31]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hagan ranked 32nd in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators.[32]

Voting with party

June 2013

Kay Hagan voted with the Democratic Party 80.2% of the time, which ranked 49th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[33]


Hagan and her husband Chip have three children.[34]

Recent news

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "HAGAN, Kay, (1953 - )"
  2. Greensboro News and Record "Sen. Hagan facing powerful GOP force in 2014" Accessed June 24, 2013
  3. Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate "Kay's Story - About Kay"
  4. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  5. Kay Hagan, United States Senator for North Carolina "About Kay - Committee Assignments"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  9. Politico, "Government shutdown: Red-state Senate Dems stick with their party," September 30, 2013
  10. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 New York Times "Senate Passes $3.7 Trillion Budget, Setting Up Contentious Negotiations" accessed March 25, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  15. Washingtonpost.com "Kay Hagan becomes latest senator to endorse gay marriage" March 2013
  16. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 Fiscal Times " 7 Senate Seats Most at Risk—Hint: They’re All Blue" Accessed February 15, 2013
  18. Politico "Red-state Democrats raise millions" Accessed April 18, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  20. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Kay Hagan" April 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission "Kay Hagan Summary Report," Accessed August 3, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Kay Hagan April Quarterly," Accessed August 3, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "Kay Hagan July Quarterly," Accessed August 3, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Top Recipients of Lobbyists Cash in 2013" Accessed July 3, 2013
  25. Gov Track "Kay Hagan," Accessed June 24, 2013
  26. OpenCongress, "Kay Hagan," accessed September 3, 2013
  27. GovTrack, "Kay Hagan" Accessed April 2013
  28. LegiStorm "Kay Hagan"
  29. OpenSecrets.org "Kay R. Hagan (D-NC), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Hagan, (D-NC), 2010"
  31. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  32. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  33. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  34. Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate "About Kay - Family"
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