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Margaret Hassan
Margaret Wood 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
Term limitsN/A
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
Office website
Campaign website
Margaret Hassan (b. February 27, 1958) is the current Democratic Governor of New Hampshire. Hassan defeated challengers to win the election for Governor of New Hampshire on November 6, 2012.[1]

She is a former Democratic member of the New Hampshire State Senate; she represented district 23 from 2004 to 2010, serving as Majority Leader.[2]


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. [3]

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.[2]


Hassan earned her BA from Brown University in 1980. She went on to receive her JD from Northeastern University School of Law in 1985.[4][5]

Political experience

New Hampshire Governor (2013-present)

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

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.[6] She is the former Assistant Democratic Whip and President Pro Tempore, and Hassan 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). [7] 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. [8]

NH Working

Senator Hassan was a lead sponsor on a bill that brought into being the NH Working program. [9] 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[10], 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 will report 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.[11] 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.[12] She defeated Republican nominee Ovide Lamontagne and Libertarian Party candidate John J. Babiarz in the general election on November 6, 2012.[13][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.[14]

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.[15]

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

Campaign donors


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:[16]


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.[19]

Hassan has 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. [20]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Lynch (D)
New Hampshire Governor
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New Hampshire State Senate District 23
Succeeded by
Russell Prescott