|United States Senator
from New Hampshire
January 3, 2017
Serving with Jeanne Shaheen
|Preceded by||Kelly Ayotte|
|81st Governor of New Hampshire|
January 3, 2013 â€“ January 2, 2017
|Preceded by||John Lynch|
|Succeeded by||Chuck Morse (Acting)|
|Member of the New Hampshire Senate
from the 23rd district
December 1, 2004 â€“ December 1, 2010
|Preceded by||Russell Prescott|
|Succeeded by||Russell Prescott|
|Majority Leader of the New Hampshire Senate|
January 3, 2005 â€“ December 1, 2010
|Preceded by||Joseph Foster|
|Succeeded by||Jeb Bradley|
February 27, 1958
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Education||Brown University (BA)
Northeastern University (JD)
I have a record of wanting to make sure that campaigns are open and financing is fair, but it can't just be one sided.
The Granite State needs a senator who knows that New Hampshire comes first – and leads like it.
I strongly believe that the Legislature should not be interfering in private medical decisions.
Together, we can build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire, where our businesses can grow, flourish, and create good jobs for our people.
I am highly distressed and offended by what Donald Trump has been saying, and I don't think his nomination is good for the country. I think he would be a terrible president and terrible for our country.
Through Gateway to Work, we can provide more of the workers our businesses need to thrive, and we can help give more of our families the opportunity to work their way to self-sufficiency and into the middle class.
Iran can never get a nuclear weapon, and it never will as long as I have anything to say about it.
New Hampshire understands the need to pursue modern and long-term energy strategies that will help lower costs, protect our natural resources, and create good jobs.
We are all focused each and every day on doing our jobs, chief executive of our states, until the very last hour that we are in office, and certainly the president is as well.
I served in the state Senate for six years with retiring Gov. John Lynch. During that time, we had the fourth-lowest unemployment rate in the country.
In New Hampshire, we know that small businesses and entrepreneurs are the engines of economic growth in the 21st-century economy, and our state has long been defined by the entrepreneurial spirit of our people.
Working together, we will continue to lay the foundation for a new generation of inclusive economic growth, expand economic opportunity for middle-class families, and ensure that innovative businesses have the support they need to thrive and grow in the years to come.
As governor, I will always be willing to work with people who have ideas to offer and are ready to roll up their sleeves. That kind of teamwork will build a New Hampshire that will lead the nation and compete with the world. Together, we will help our businesses grow and build a stronger economy on a vision of innovation and growth.
As Senator, I will always put the health and safety of New Hampshire's families first.
The reason I decided to run for Senate is one of my responsibilities as governor is to make sure that the voices of our people and our small businesses in New Hampshire are heard in Washington and that we continue to make the type of progress we're making here at the state level; we need that same type of response and progress in Washington.
Expanding traditional energy sources like large-scale hydropower does not mean just accepting what Northern Pass has put on the table, and no one should accept Northern Pass's assertion that the only way for New England to access Canadian hydropower is to trade away the majestic beauty of the White Mountains.
Women are able to fit public service into their lives. Once they find out they like it and can do it, there is plenty of room to grow.
I think it's very important for both women and men to see women working in a variety of capacities.
We've never made progress in this country or in this state by lowering expectations.
New England is demanding newer, cleaner, and more innovative energy sources – energy sources that create jobs here in New England. We should also demand newer, cleaner, and more innovative transmission methods.
When I visit businesses across New Hampshire, they tell me that their No. 1 need is even more highly skilled workers to fill job openings.
The challenges our state faces must be met with the best solutions and ideas we can muster – and good ideas and good people reside on both sides of the aisle.
When you think about the Americans with Disabilities Act and what it takes for employers sometimes to accommodate a person with disabilities, when we talk about reasonable accommodations – it's doable, but the payoff isn't always obvious right away.
I am disappointed that Senator Ayotte has voted repeatedly for deep cuts in Pell Grants that would make college more expensive for thousands of New Hampshire students and voted against allowing young people to refinance their student loans.
We've always made progress by understanding what the next great challenge is.
I support Hillary Clinton for the presidency because her experience and her record demonstrate that she's qualified to hold the job.
I certainly think that we can take steps to prevent this kind of weapon that is designed to create mass casualties from getting into the hands of the wrong people while still protecting the Second Amendment rights of the people of New Hampshire and making sure that we're protecting the ownership and use of legitimate hunting rifles.
What's really important to me is that we have fiscally responsible balanced budgets.
Since entering office, I have focused on working with the people and businesses of New Hampshire to build a stronger economic future through innovation, and in no sector is innovation needed more than our energy industry.
We just have to remember that we're all in this together and that we all want our state, and our country, to succeed.
It is absolutely unacceptable to think that in the last year of the president's term, that he should stop doing his job, and he won't.
You begin to realize that the genius of our country is the constant push to be more inclusive and find new ways of engaging everyone.
The more women serve in executive office, the more confidence they gain in themselves and that voters gain in them.
New Hampshire is moving in the right direction because we have shown time and time again that we can work across the aisle to solve problems.
When you literally build a state of granite, it takes a certain toughness and perseverance as well as a unique blend of community and independence: a culture that also helps spur economic growth.
Our founders said that everybody mattered, everybody counted. But we all know that they didn't count everybody at the beginning. They did somehow have confidence that each generation of Americans would do a better job with it and would bring more and more people in from the margins and into the heart and soul of our democracy.
When I first got asked to run for the state Senate, I was asked by a number of legislators I had worked with, and I thanked them and declined.
President Clinton's record of advocating for the middle class and creating millions of new jobs and opportunity for Americans is second to none. I'm looking forward to campaigning with him and talking about how we keep New Hampshire moving forward and build a strong, innovative economy with the best workforce in the country.
We want New Hampshire to be a haven for entrepreneurs and inventors – the people who are creating the products and good-paying jobs of the future.
The fact that a New Hampshire legislator's position is not seen as a career or a way of supporting a family has meant that it draws women. At times, I think men who might be looking for a paid career have known that they couldn't make one out of serving in the legislature. So there's a little more space for women.
Women are smart enough and strong enough to make their own health care decisions and should be able to make these decisions in private, consulting with their doctors and families as they choose.
I spend a lot of time talking to women interested in office about how they can make it work.
I have always known that New Hampshire is a special place, with a community of people who come together to solve our common challenges.
When you are in a small rural place with cold weather and a lot of granite, you need people who are going to work hard, and you really stop worrying about what gender they are.
I didn't intend to run for public office. I didn't really think about it.
As Governor, I've worked to solve problems the New Hampshire way – bringing together Democrats, Republicans and Independents to help hard-working Granite Staters adapt to our changing economy so that everyone has the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead.
It's important for whoever is governor to be somebody with a breadth of experience in life, in business, and in service.