Ann McLane Kuster
|Ann McLane Kuster|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Charles Bass|
September 5, 1956
Concord, New Hampshire
|Residence||Hopkinton, New Hampshire|
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College,
Georgetown University Law Center
|Occupation||lawyer, author, lobbyist|
|Website||Representative Ann McLane Kuster|
Ann "Annie" McLane Kuster (born September 5, 1956) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district since 2013. An attorney and nonprofit consultant from Hopkinton, New Hampshire, Kuster is a member of the Democratic Party. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. As of the 2012 election, New Hampshire's governor and all four members of the New Hampshire congressional delegation are women.
Early life and education 
Kuster was born in Concord in 1956. Both of her parents were politicians. Her father Malcolm McLane was Mayor of Concord and a member of the New Hampshire Executive Council. In 1972, he ran for Governor of New Hampshire as an independent. He got 20 percent of the vote, allowing Republican Mel Thomson to win the election with a plurality of 40 percent of the vote. In the 1976 presidential election, he endorsed Republican Gerald Ford. In the 1980 presidential election, he endorsed Republican turned independent John B. Anderson. Her mother, Susan McLane, was elected to the New Hampshire Senate as a Republican. In 1980, she ran for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, but got second place in the crowded Republican primary with 25 percent. Judd Gregg won with 34 percent of the vote. Kuster's great grandfather, John McLane, was Governor of New Hampshire from 1905–1907. He was elected as a Republican in 1904 with 58 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Henry Hollis.
Legal career 
Kuster was a consultant and owner of Newfound Strategies LLC, "a consulting and training practice that works with nonprofit clients to maximize their effectiveness and sustainability through fundraising, outreach and strategic planning."
She has worked previously as an "of-counsel" partner in the Concord law firm of Rath, Young and Pignatelli. Kuster's legal practice at Rath, Young and Pignatelli focused on education, nonprofit and health care policy. Kuster has also worked for many years as an adoption attorney, having been involved in more than 300 adoptions since 1984, and is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.
Kuster has served as Chair and member of the Board of the Capitol Center for the Arts, as a Founder and Vice Chair of the Women's Fund of New Hampshire and as a member of the Boards of the N.H. Charitable Foundation, New Hampshire Public Radio, Child and Family Services of NH, the Alumni Council and Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College and Womankind Counseling Center.
Kuster's career has also involved many years of lobbying the New Hampshire State Legislature on behalf of clients such as Merck Vaccines; Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) -- with whom she helped created the NH Medication Bridge program, a public-private partnership which provides free prescriptions to patients in need; Fidelity Investments - with whom she helped create the NH UNIQUE College Savings Plan to help families save money for college tax-free; Dartmouth College and Medical School, NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire, Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center, and the New Hampshire College and University Council.
In 2004, Kuster received the 2004 Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Women's Bar Association.
Early political career 
Kuster served on the New Hampshire steering committees of the presidential campaigns for Barack Obama in 2007-8 and John Kerry in 2003-4. Kuster also served as Co-Chair with Peggo Hodes (the wife of Congressman Paul Hodes) of New Hampshire Women for Obama. Kuster was a 2008 delegate for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Denver and a member of the 2004 New Hampshire Delegation in Boston. In 2000, Kuster received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for dedicated service to the Democratic Party at the local, state and national levels.
According to the Concord Monitor, "For 20 years before her campaign announcement, she worked the halls of the New Hampshire State House as a lobbyist representing a range of clients. Kuster's government-relations work accounted for perhaps half of the comprehensive legal services she offered, in addition to her practice arranging private adoptions." Kuster's longtime lobbying clients included Dartmouth Medical School, which receives monies from the State of New Hampshire to reserve places in Dartmouth Medical School for students from New Hampshire. Working on behalf of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Kuster's most prominent project was helping to create the NH Medication Bridge program  which provides free prescription medication to low-income patients earning under or near the poverty level. Since Kuster helped create the program in 2001, more than 16,000 New Hampshire residents have received over 1 million prescriptions valued at over $275 million. Kuster also fought proposed legislation that would prohibit drug makers from offering discounted drugs unless the discounts were offered to every buyer; the bill failed in subcommittee to strong bipartisan opposition. Kuster earned an average of $65,000 annually from 1989 to 2009 for this activity, according to reports she filed with the State of New Hampshire.
Kuster's long involvement in lobbying was a source of controversy during the Democratic primary for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district., and her opponent in the general election, Congressman Charle Bass, also worked for the lobbying arm of a law firm Devine Millimet between his terms in Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives 
In 2010 Kuster ran for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district against Republican nominee Charles Bass, Libertarian nominee Howard Wilson, and Independent candidate Tim vanBlommesteyn. It was an open seat as Democratic incumbent Paul Hodes was running for the U.S. Senate.
Kuster was defeated by Bass 48%-47%, a difference of just 3,550 votes.
Kuster ran for New Hampshire's Second District against Representative Charles Bass again in the 2012 general election. She received the endorsement of Democracy for America, and was selected as one of their Dean Dozen.
On November 6, 2012, Kuster defeated Bass 50%-45%. In doing so, she became a part of the nation's first all-female Congressional delegation. This delegation includes current Senior Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Junior Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Representative Carol Shea-Porter.
Committee assignments 
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Small Business
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Personal life 
Kuster is married to Brad Kuster, a fellow lawyer. They have two college-age sons.
Kuster and her mother, State Senator Susan McLane, coauthored a book titled The Last Dance: Facing Alzheimer's with Love and Laughter. After her mother's death, Kuster and her father, Malcolm McLane, toured New Hampshire speaking publicly about aging and Alzheimer's disease and the burdens on families and caregivers that result.
- Organization memberships
Member, New Hampshire Citizens Commission on the State Courts
Member, The Trust for Public Land N.H. Advisory Council
Member, Board of Trustees, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Member, Board of Trustees, New Hampshire Public Radio
Member, Board of Trustees, Womankind Counseling Center
Co-Chair, Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association's Capital Campaign for the Hospice House
Member, Healthy Beginnings Advisory Committee, Concord Hospital
Co-Chair, M.T. Mennino Legacy Fund-Capitol Center for the Arts
Former Member and Chair, Board of Directors, Capital Campaign of the Capitol Center for the Arts
Chair, United Way of Merrimack County, 1996
Member, Dartmouth College Alumni Council
Member, Board of Visitors, William Jewett Tucker Foundation, Dartmouth College
Vice-Chair (and a founding member), Women's Fund of New Hampshire
Chair, "Tribute to New Hampshire Women of the 20th Century," 1999
- "Voters usher in women leadership in seats representing New Hampshire, Nashua". Telegraph. November 7, 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
- Our Campaigns - NH Governor Race - Nov 07, 1972
- Our Campaigns - Candidate - Malcolm McLane
- "Kuster makes House run official" Concord Monitor (June 2, 2010)
- Our Campaigns - NH District 2 - R Primary Race - Sep 09, 1980
- Our Campaigns - NH Governor Race - Nov 08, 1904
- Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C.: Ann McLane Kuster
- Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C.: Congressman Paul Hodes nominates Ann McLane Kuster for the 2007 Angels in Adoption awards
- "Kuster's lobbying career" Concord Monitor (August 15, 2010)
- Fosters.com - Dover NH, Rochester NH, Portsmouth NH, Laconia NH, Sanford ME
- "2nd District House candidates sling lobbyist label" Union Leader (August 10, 2010)
- Merrill to head Devine lobbying unit. - Free Online Library
- The Last Dance: Facing Alzheimer's with Love and Laughter at WorldCat
- Representative Ann McClane Kuster official U.S. House site
- Attorney profile at Rath, Young Pignatelli
- Ann McLane Kuster for Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Works by or about Ann McLane Kuster in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district
January 3, 2013 – present
|United States order of precedence|
|United States Representatives by seniority