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Maggie Hassan
Maggie Hassan.jpg
Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 3, 2013 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 2
PredecessorJohn Lynch (D)
Base salary$113,834
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,376,074
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
New Hampshire State Senate District 23
2004 - 2010
High schoolLincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (1976)
Bachelor'sBrown University (1980)
J.D.Northeastern University School of Law (1985)
Date of birthFebruary 27, 1958
Place of birthBoston, Massachusetts
Office website
Campaign website
Margaret "Maggie" Hassan (b. February 27, 1958, in Boston, Massachusetts) is the 81st and current Governor of New Hampshire. A Democrat, Hassan easily defeated Ovide Lamontagne (R) and John J. Babiarz (L) on November 6, 2012 to take the seat.[1][2]

Hassan became the second woman in state history elected to lead New Hampshire. If she had lost it would have been the first time in 17 years that there would not have been a Democratic female governor in the country.[3]

As New Hampshire governors only serve a two-year term, Hassan will be up for re-election in 2014. She has not yet officially declared her intention to run.

Hassan previously served in the New Hampshire State Senate, representing district 23 from 2004 to 2010. During her time in office, she served as Majority Leader, president pro tempore, and assistant Democratic whip.[4]


In the past, Hassan has been involved in representing school systems in special education matters, because she brings the unique perspective of a parent whose son went through the public school system and has severe disabilities. This was a motivating factor for her becoming involved in public service. Her involvement grew when then-Governor Jeanne Shaheen asked her to serve as an advocate on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission. [5]

Before entering public service, Hassan was Information Officer for the Massachusetts Department of Social Services from 1980 to 1982. She then worked as an attorney for Palmer and Dodge from 1985 to 1992. She also worked as attorney/Assistant General Counsel for Brigham and Women's Hospital/Partners Healthcare from 1993 to 1996. She has been an attorney for Sullivan, Weinstein, and McQuay since 1996.[4]

Hassan was born in Boston, but grew up Lincoln, Massachusetts. Hassan earned her B.A. from Brown University in 1980. She went on to receive her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1985.[6][7]


  • Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (1976)
  • B.A. - Brown University (1980)
  • J.D. - Northeastern University School of Law (1985)

Political experience

New Hampshire Governor (2013-present)

Hassan has served as Governor of New Hampshire since January 3, 2013.


Medical marijuana

In June 2013, Hassan signed House Bill 537 to legalize the use of medical marijuana by qualified patients in the state. The nineteenth state to approve such a measure, New Hampshire's version passed by a wide margin in the state house and by a voice vote in the senate. People with "serious health conditions" as defined by the law will be allowed to possess up to two ounces of the drug with a doctor's prescription. Conditions that qualify for a medical marijuana prescription include: cancer, HIV, AIDS, ALS, muscular dystrophy, Crohn’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, among others. An earlier version of the bill would have allowed patients or their caregivers to grow their own marijuana, but that provision was removed when Hassan threatened to not sign the bill because of it. New Hampshire residents holding proper prescriptions will be able to obtain the medicinal drug from any of the four medical marijuana dispensaries scheduled to open across the state in 2015. The legislature passed a similar bill previously but it was vetoed by former Gov. John H. Lynch (D) and the legislature failed their override.[8][9][10]

New Hampshire State Senate (2004-2010)

Hassan first ran for the New Hampshire State Senate in 2002, but she was not elected. She ran for the same office in 2004 and was successful. She continued to serve in that position until 2010.[11] She is the former Assistant Democratic Whip and President Pro Tempore, and served as the State Senate Majority Leader. She represented New Hampshire's 23rd District, which includes the towns of East Kingston, Exeter, Kensington, Kingston, Newfields, Newmarket, Newton, Seabrook, South Hampton and Stratham in Rockingham County.

Committee assignments

While in the New Hampshire State Senate, Hassan served on the following committees:



Senator Hassan sponsored a bill that successfully established New Hampshire's own WARN Act (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act). [12] It requires that companies provide notification to workers in the case of massive layoffs or plant closings. This act was greatly lauded as improving worker protection in the state. [13]

NH Working

Senator Hassan was a lead sponsor on a bill that brought into being the NH Working program. [14] This program is a three-part initiative that helps businesses keep workers on the job, gets unemployed workers back to work, and provides training to aid workers in finding new jobs

Commission on Health Care Cost Containment

On February 17, 2010, Hassan introduced SB 505[15], a bill to establish a state commission on health care cost containment. The bill was signed into law in July of 2010, and by 2012 the Commission on Health Care Cost Containment reported findings on the impact of federal health care reform, options for implementing a common payment system and ways to encourage the use of incentives to improve quality and efficiency.



See also: New Hampshire gubernatorial election, 2014

Hassan is eligible to run for re-election as Governor of New Hampshire in 2014. She has not yet made her intentions in the race known.


See also: New Hampshire gubernatorial election, 2012

Hassan won election as Governor of New Hampshire in the 2012 elections.[16] The primary election was held on September 11, 2012 and the general election took place on November 6, 2012. Hassan defeated Jacalyn Cilley and Bill Kennedy in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012.[17] She defeated Republican nominee Ovide Lamontagne and Libertarian Party candidate John J. Babiarz in the general election on November 6, 2012.[18][1]

Hassan became the second woman in state history to lead New Hampshire. If she had lost to her Republican challenger, Ovide Lamontagne, it would have been the first time in 17 years that there would not have been a Democratic female governor in the country.[19]

Governor of New Hampshire General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaggie Hassan 54.7% 378,934
     Republican Ovide Lamontagne 42.6% 295,026
     Libertarian John J. Babiarz 2.8% 19,251
Total Votes 693,211
Election Results via New Hampshire Secretary of State.


See also: New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2010

Hassan ran for re-election to the 23rd District seat in 2010. She faced no opposition in the September 14 primary but was defeated by Russell Prescott in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.

New Hampshire State Senate, District 23 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Russell Prescott (R) 11,001
Margaret Hassan (D) 9,606


On November 4, 2008 Margaret Hassan won the election for New Hampshire State Senate, District 23 with 17,212 votes.

Hassan raised $124,667 for her campaign.[20]

New Hampshire State Senate, District 23 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Margaret Hassan (D) 17,212
Quandt (R) 12,877
Others 13



General election candidates

Governor of New Hampshire: Hassan vs. Lamontagne
Poll Maggie Hassan Ovide LamontagneOther/undecidedJohn BabiarzMargin of ErrorSample Size
WMUR Granite State Poll
April 9-20, 2012
Public Policy Polling
May 10-13, 2012
WMUR Granite State Poll
August 1-12, 2012
Public Policy Polling
August 9-12, 2012
American Research Group
September 15-17, 2012
Rasmussen Reports
September 18, 2012
WMUR Granite State Poll
September 27-30, 2012
Rasmussen Reports
October 9, 2012
Suffolk University Political Research Center
October 12-14, 2012
AVERAGES 40.67% 40% 18.56% 0.89% +/-3.87 670.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hassan is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Hassan raised a total of $2,376,074 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[21]

Maggie Hassan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of New Hampshire Won $1,881,621
2010 NH State Senate Defeated $126,781
2008 NH State Senate Won $124,667
2006 NH State Senate Won $119,730
2004 NH State Senate Won $73,758
2002 NH State Senate Defeated $49,517
Grand Total Raised $2,376,074


Hassan won election to the position of Governor of New Hampshire in 2012. During that election cycle, Hassan raised a total of $1,881,621.


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Margaret Hassan's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Barbara R. Carpenter $5,500
Harlow Carpenter $4,500
John E. Zucotti $4,000
Beth Goldberg Nash $3,300
Waste Management $2,500


Hassan and her husband, Tom, have two children.

Awards and Endorsements


Hassan received endorsements from:[22]


On February 3, 2010, Hassan was named 2010 Legislator of the Year by the Retail Merchants Association of New Hampshire. The award is presented each year to the legislator who had done the most to assist New Hampshire retailers to conduct business.[25]

Hassan also received several endorsements from New Hampshire organizations in the 2010 election: (in alphabetical order) American Federation of Teachers (New Hampshire chapter), New England Regional Council of Carpenters, New Hampshire AFL-CIO, New Hampshire REALTORS, Planned Parenthood, and the New Hampshire chapter of the Sierra Club. [26]


Hassan lives in Exeter, New Hamsphire. She and her husband, Tom, have two children, both adult-aged. Their son has cerebral palsy.[27]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 WMUR "General Election Results" Accessed November 6, 2012
  2. New Hampshire Governor, " About Governor Hassan," accessed August 9, 2013
  3. Bloomberg "Democrats Risk No Female Governor, First Time in 17 Years" Accessed September 13, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Maggie Hassan "About" Accessed October 12, 2012
  5. Maggie Hassan "Biography" Accessed 2012
  6. Maggie Hassan for Governor Facebook Page "Info" Accessed August 11, 2012
  7. Maggie Hassan for Governor "About" Accessed August 11, 2012
  8. concordmonitor.com, " House, Senate cut deals on voter ID reform, medical marijuana, CHINS and more ," June 21, 2013
  9. sentinelsource.com, " New Hampshire Legislature passes medical marijuana bill; overwhelming support in region," June 27, 2013
  10. unionleader.com, "NH medical marijuana OK’d by legislature," June 26, 2013
  11. Maggie Hassan for Governor "Info" Accessed October 10, 2012
  12. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2009/sb0040.html
  13. http://www.allbusiness.com/government/government-bodies-offices/11597800-1.html
  14. New Hampshire Legislation, SB0501
  15. SB 505, New Hampshire General Court
  16. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "Democratic cumulative filings," retrieved June 11, 2012
  17. New Hampshire Public Radio "New Hampshire Governor" Accessed September 11, 2012
  18. New Hampshire Secretary of State "2012 Election Info" Accessed September 13, 2012
  19. Bloomberg "Democrats Risk No Female Governor, First Time in 17 Years" Accessed September 13, 2012
  20. 2008 Follow the Money's report on Margaret's 2008 campaign contributions
  21. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Margaret Hassan," accessed May 22, 2013
  22. Maggie Hassan for Governor "Endorsements" Accessed August 11, 2012
  23. Huffington Post, "Bill Clinton to endorse Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire gubernatorial race," July 22, 2012
  24. Union Leader "NEA endorses Democrat Hassan for NH governor" Accessed August 16, 2012
  25. Sea Coast Online, "Merchants name Hassan Legislator of the Year," February 9, 2010
  26. http://www.maggiehassan.com/endorsement
  27. The Wall Street Journal, "Election 2012: Maggie Hassan," accessed September 11, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
John Lynch (D)
New Hampshire Governor
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New Hampshire State Senate District 23
Succeeded by
Russell Prescott (R)