Governor Maggie Hassan was sworn in as the 81st Governor of New Hampshire on January 3, 2013.
Now in her second term, Governor Hassan is focused on bringing people together to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire, with more good jobs that can support a growing middle class and where all of our citizens are included in our shared success and prosperity.
Working with legislators from both parties, the Governor has successfully led efforts to develop and pass two fiscally responsible, balanced budgets that protect New Hampshire's priorities, without an income or sales tax. The State finished Fiscal Year 2015 with a $62 million surplus, more than doubling the Rainy Day Fund, and the Governor cut taxes for small businesses while maintaining the State's ability to support critical economic priorities. She has moved forward with implementing her "Innovate NH" jobs plan, seeking to build the best workforce in the country and strengthen the economy by freezing in-state tuition at public colleges and universities and restoring scholarship funding, doubling and making permanent the state’s research and development tax credit, and providing businesses with technical assistance to help them create jobs.
Governor Hassan also worked across party lines to enact and to reauthorize a bipartisan plan that expands access to health coverage to as many as 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters, the most significant piece of health care legislation that the State of New Hampshire has seen in decades. The bipartisan health care expansion plan is a fiscally responsible, uniquely New Hampshire solution that will boost the state's economy, reduce cost-shifting on businesses, and improve the health and economic security of working families.
Recognizing that a modern, safe transportation infrastructure is critical for New Hampshire’s businesses and commuters, Governor Hassan signed a bipartisan transportation funding bill, a measure supported by the business community that invests in road and bridge projects across the state – including finishing the expansion of I-93.
And the Governor has worked to maintain New Hampshire’s high quality of life as one of the safest, healthiest and most livable states in the nation. Governor Hassan successfully worked to invest in a stronger mental health system, put more State Troopers on the road, restore the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program, increase funds for services for people with acquired brain disorders and developmental disabilities, and restore funding for the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP).
Known for her ability to bring people together to find common ground, Governor Hassan helped secure the most bipartisan budget vote in over a decade, following through on her pledge to restore the New Hampshire tradition of commonsense problem-solving in Concord.
Governor Hassan began her career in public service in 1999 when Governor Jeanne Shaheen asked her to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission. Her experience as a business attorney, along with her role as the parent of two children, one of whom experiences severe disabilities, enabled her to provide a unique perspective as the commission did its work.
In 2004, Governor Hassan was first elected to the New Hampshire Senate, serving the people of the 23rd District, which included numerous Seacoast towns. During her six years in office, she was selected by her colleagues to serve as both President Pro Tempore and Majority Leader of the State Senate.
As a leader in the Senate, she helped pass universal kindergarten so that every child has the same opportunity to succeed; helped lower the state's dropout rate by increasing the legal dropout age to 18 and establishing alternative education programs; worked to pass New Hampshire Working, a nationally recognized effort to help businesses and workers during the recession; sponsored the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to reduce long-term energy costs, curb pollution, and create jobs; and was instrumental in passing marriage equality in New Hampshire.
The Governor earned her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from the Northeastern School of Law. Governor Hassan and her husband, Tom, the former principal of Phillips Exeter Academy, are the proud parents of two children, Ben (27) and Meg (23). They live in Newfields along with the family dog, Honey Mae.