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Kelly Ayotte
Kelly Ayotte, Official Portrait, 112th Congress 2.jpg
United States Senator
from New Hampshire
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Serving with Jeanne Shaheen
Preceded by Judd Gregg
Attorney General of New Hampshire
In office
June 15, 2004 – July 17, 2009
Governor Craig Benson
John Lynch
Preceded by Peter Heed
Succeeded by Michael Delaney
Personal details
Born Kelly Ann Ayotte
(1968-06-27) June 27, 1968 (age 47)
Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Joseph Daley
Children Katherine
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Villanova University
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]
Website Senate website

Kelly Ann Ayotte (/ˈɒt/ AY-ot;[2] born June 27, 1968) is an American politician and the junior United States senator from New Hampshire, serving since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, she is the second youngest of the 20 female Senators, and the twelfth-youngest overall.

Born in Nashua, New Hampshire, Ayotte is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University at University Park and Villanova University School of Law. She worked as a law clerk for the New Hampshire Supreme Court before entering private practice. She also worked as a prosecutor for the New Hampshire Department of Justice, and briefly served as the legal counsel to New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson, before returning to the Department of Justice to serve as deputy attorney general of New Hampshire. In June 2004, Governor Benson appointed Ayotte as attorney general of New Hampshire, after the resignation of Peter Heed. She became New Hampshire's first female attorney general, serving from 2004 to 2009, after she was twice reappointed by Democratic governor John Lynch. In July 2009, Ayotte resigned as attorney general to pursue a bid for the U.S. Senate, after three term incumbent Judd Gregg announced his retirement from the Senate.

In September 2010, Ayotte won a close victory over lawyer Ovide M. Lamontagne in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. She then defeated Democratic congressman Paul Hodes, with 60% of the vote in the general election, and was later sworn into the U.S. Senate as a member of the 112th Congress, on January 3, 2011. Ayotte was mentioned as a possible running mate for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.[3][4][5][6] An August 2013 cover story by Newsmax magazine named Ayotte No. 1 among the 25 most influential women in the GOP, calling her “an emerging force in Congress.”[7]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Ayotte was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, on June 27, 1968, the daughter of Kathleen M. (née Sullivan) and Marc Frederick Ayotte. Her father's family is of French-Canadian descent.[8] She attended Nashua High School. She received a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University at University Park in political science.[9] While a student at Penn State, Ayotte was initiated into the Delta Gamma sorority.[10] In 1993, Ayotte received a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, where she had served as editor of the Environmental Law Journal.[11]

Ayotte clerked for Sherman D. Horton, associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, for one year. From 1994 to 1998, she was an associate at the Manchester law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton.[12]

In 1998, she joined the office of the New Hampshire Attorney General as a prosecutor. In 2003, Ayotte became legal counsel to Governor Craig Benson. Three months later, she returned to the attorney general's office as deputy attorney general.[13] In June 2004, Ayotte was appointed Attorney General of the State of New Hampshire by Governor Benson following Peter Heed's resignation.[14]

New Hampshire Attorney General[edit]

Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England[edit]

In 2003, the Federal District Court for the District of New Hampshire found the New Hampshire law requiring parental notification of a minor's abortion, the Parental Notification Prior to Abortion Act, unconstitutional and enjoined its enforcement. In 2004, New Hampshire attorney general Peter Heed appealed this ruling to the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which affirmed the District Court's ruling. In 2004, Ayotte appealed the Appeals Court's ruling to the Supreme Court, over the objection of incoming Democratic Governor John Lynch. Ayotte personally argued the case before the Supreme Court.

In the case, the Supreme Court vacated the ruling by the District Court and remanded the case back to the District Court.[15] In 2007, the New Hampshire Parental Notification Prior to Abortion Act was repealed by the New Hampshire legislature, rendering a rehearing by the District Court moot.[16]

In 2008, a Federal District Court judge ordered the New Hampshire Department of Justice to pay Planned Parenthood's attorney fees and court costs, finding that Planned Parenthood's position had been upheld at every level of judicial review.[17] In April 2009, Ayotte, as attorney general, authorized a payment of $300,000 to Planned Parenthood.[18]

Prosecution of murder cases[edit]

As assistant attorney general, Ayotte prosecuted two defendants for the "Dartmouth Murders" in Etna, New Hampshire. After she became attorney general, she prosecuted the high profile capital murder of a Manchester police officer, Michael Briggs, in 2006. It resulted in a conviction and death penalty sentence.[19] Members of the slain police officer's family have appeared in television ads for her Senate campaign praising her leadership.[20][21]

Financial Resources Mortgage fraud[edit]

Scott Farah, the former president of Financial Resources Mortgage which went bankrupt in 2009, was accused of swindling investors out of millions of dollars, using investor funds to pay other investors and his own personal expenses, and agreed, under a plea agreement, to plead guilty to federal wire and mail fraud charges in exchange for a nearly 20-year prison sentence.[22] In May 2010, New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney issued a report[23][dead link] faulting the state Banking Department and the state Securities Bureau, as well as New Hampshire's attorney general's office during Ayotte's tenure, for failing to investigate complaints against Financial Resources Mortgage. The Joint Legislative Committee to Review the State’s Regulatory Oversight Over Financial Resources Mortgage reached conclusions similar to those of Delaney's report, according to a draft report.[24][dead link]

In 2002, the State Legislature transferred responsibility for investigating complaints against companies regulated by the Banking Department or the Bureau of Securities Regulation to those agencies. Consequently, complaints about Financial Resources Mortgage that the attorney general's office received were sent to the Banking Department for further investigation. Ayotte said that she was not aware of the complaints filed against the company.[25]

New Hampshire Institute of Politics[edit]

Ayotte previously served as a board member of the Public Advisory Board at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College while Attorney General.[26] She has returned to the Institute since being elected Senator. She made a visit in March 2011 to talk to political science students.[27]

On May 28, 2013, she attended a forum at Saint Anselm College to explain her "Never Contract With the Enemy Act" (S. 675) she co-sponsored with Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).[28] She was accompanied by Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen. They addressed military contractor fraud and how to prevent funds paid to military contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq from winding up in the hands of parties hostile to the United States.[29]

U.S. Senate[edit]

2010 election[edit]

Ayotte campaigning in Amherst, New Hampshire on Independence Day 2010

Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Judd Gregg decided to retire, instead of seeking re-election in the 2010 senate election in New Hampshire. Ayotte resigned as attorney general on July 7, 2009 to explore a run for U.S. Senate in 2010.[30][31][32] Ayotte was recruited by the National Republican Party (National Republican Senatorial Committee) in Washington to enter the race.[33][34][35][36] On September 14, 2010, Ayotte defeated lawyer Ovide M. Lamontagne, businessman Bill Binnie and Jim Bender in the Republican Senate primary. In the general election, Ayotte ran against Democratic nominee U.S. Representative Paul Hodes, Libertarian nominee Ken Blevens, and Independent Chris Booth, and won with 60 percent of the vote.[37]


Many prominent GOP figures went to New Hampshire to help Ayotte in her 2010 campaign, including John McCain, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour, and Rick Santorum.[38] According to one senior GOP aide, “The addition of a Republican woman from New England who’s young, who’s a mom … all of these things broaden the Republican party’s appeal and say to different segments of the population, ‘This party has folks in it that are just like you.’”[38]


Ayotte was appointed counsel to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in January 2013, which is considered a leadership position.[37] She has been visible on national security matters as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.[37] In October 2011, Ayotte sponsored a bill with Senator John McCain to control costs associated with major defense acquisition programs.[37] She also fought attempts by the Obama administration to try terror suspects in civilian courts.[37]

Ayotte has advocated for a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget annually as a member of the Senate Budget Committee.[37] During the standoff over increasing the national debt limit in 2011, Ayotte pushed for greater cuts in government spending and voted against the eventual deal.[37] In 2012, Ayotte voted with four other GOP senators to defeat a proposal to block the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating the first federal standards regulating air pollution from power plants.[37]


Ayotte has sponsored forty-one bills of her own, including:[39]

112th Congress (2011–2012)[edit]

  • S. 944 and S. 982, bills to keep the Guantanamo Bay detention camp open, to prohibit prisoners held there from being released back to their country of origin, and to prohibit the construction or modification of any facilities used to house any individual under detention at Guantanamo, introduced May 11 and 12, 2011
  • S. 1704, a bill to reduce the number of strategic airlift aircraft used by the United States Air Force from 316 to 301, introduced October 13, 2011
  • S. 1996, a bill to require the Congressional Budget Office to release macroeconomic reports alongside its budget reports for major bills and resolutions (which the bill defines), introduced December 15, 2011, reintroduced in the 113th Congress as S. 184
  • S. 2320, a bill to treat Clark Veterans Cemetery in the Republic of the Philippines as a permanent military cemetery in a foreign country under the purview of the American Battle Monuments Commission, and to have the Commission restore and maintain the cemetery, introduced April 19, 2012. While this bill did not become law, an agreement has since been made between the U.S. and Philippine governments to do what the bill intended.[40]

113th Congress (2013–2014)[edit]

  • S. 31, a bill to permanently ban state and local governments from imposing taxes on the access to the internet and on goods sold by means of the internet, introduced January 22, 2013
  • S. 263, a bill to prohibit federal agencies from hiring more than one employee for every three full-time employees who leave employment from that agency until the Office of Management and Budget determines that employment in that agency is at least 10% less than it was previously, and to prohibit members of Congress from receiving a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in their pay in years in which the federal government has a budget deficit, introduced February 7, 2013
  • S. 862, a bill to allow certain individuals to be exempted from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's minimum essential health care coverage requirements[note 1] if one's religious beliefs would cause them to object to medical care provided under any of the requirements, introduced May 6, 2013.
  • S. 1406, introduced July 31, 2013, a bill to permit the Secretary of Agriculture to issue regulations for the issuance of permits for people hired for the management of horse shows, exhibitions, auctions, and sales, requiring all such individuals to be qualified to identify instances of soring. Individuals receiving the permits must be cleared of any potential conflicts of interest and preference is to be given to accredited veterinarians. The bill further makes it a crime for any person to sell, auction, exhibit, or race any sore horse, and bans Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking horses, and Spotted Saddle horses from being sold, auctioned, exhibited, or raced if they are equipped with any action device (which the bill defines) or equipment that would alter the gait of the horse. A companion bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives as H.R. 1518.
  • S. 1764, a bill to prohibit the Department of Defense from retiring the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II until a sufficient number of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning IIs have been constructed to replace the existing A-10s, introduced November 21, 2013
  • S. 1869, a bill to repeal the provision of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that reduces the COLA to the retirement pay of members of the Armed Forces under age 62, and to require individuals claiming the refundable portion of the child tax credit to include their Social Security number on their tax returns, introduced December 19, 2013. The first part of this bill is identical to another bill, S. 1963, sponsored by Senator Mark Pryor.
  • S. 1977, which has the same provisions as S. 1869, but also requires the name and Social Security number of the qualifying child of the individual claiming the tax credit to be on the tax return, introduced January 30, 2014.
  • S. 2355 and S. 2377, bills to exempt from the federal income tax any benefits received from a disability program for public safety officers if such disability was acquired as a result of an injury sustained in the line of duty, introduced May 20 and 21, 2014.

Committee assignments (113th Congress)[edit]

Political positions[edit]

LGBT issues[edit]

Ayotte opposes same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.[41][41][42] Speaking about gay marriage, Ayotte said: "Ultimately I do think this is a matter for the states and states should decide how to define marriage. New Hampshire’s already made that decision and I respect the decision."[43] In 2015, Ayotte was one of eleven U.S. Senate Republicans who voted to extend Social Security and veterans benefits to all legally married same-sex couples.[44]


Ayotte voted for comprehensive immigration reform (Senate Bill 744).[45]

Labor rights and minimum wage[edit]

Ayotte opposes passage of Employee Free Choice Act ("Card Check"), which proposes to amend the National Labor Relations Act in a way that would bypass a secret ballot whenever the National Labor Relations Board verifies 50% of the employees at a company sign authorization cards.[46]

Ayotte opposes increasing the minimum wage,[47] including federal legislation that would increase the minimum wage based on COLAs.[48]

In April 2014, the United States Senate debated the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199; 113th Congress). According to Ayotte, it was a bill that "punishes employers for retaliating against workers who share wage information, puts the justification burden on employers as to why someone is paid less and allows workers to sue for punitive damages of wage discrimination."[49] Ayotte said that one of her reasons for voting against ending debate on the bill was that Majority Leader Harry Reid had refused to allow votes on any of the amendments that Republicans had suggested for the bill.[49]

Ayotte voted in April 2014 to extend federal funding for unemployment benefits. Federal funding had been initiated in 2008 and expired at the end of 2013.[50]

In March 2015, Ayotte voted for an amendment to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow employees to earn paid sick time.[51]

Gun rights[edit]

Ayotte supports an individual's right to bear arms and Second Amendment rights.[41] Ayotte supported the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of the Washington, DC, and City of Chicago gun ownership bans. As Attorney General, Ayotte fought against the reauthorization of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.[52]

In 2006, Ayotte opposed a Republican-backed bill that would have established a castle doctrine for New Hampshire. Democratic Governor John Lynch vetoed the bill.[53][dead link]

In 2013, Ayotte was the only New England Senator to oppose legislation offered by Sens. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey to mandate background checks for all commercial gun sales.[54] According to the Washington Post, Ayotte's vote resulted in a coordinated effort by gun-control groups to turn her vote into a political liability.[55] Following her nay vote, Ayotte was confronted by the daughter of one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting at a town hall meeting in Warren, New Hampshire.[56] During the subsequent congressional recess a woman whose husband was killed by gun violence invited Ayotte to dinner to discuss the issue; she declined.[57] Ayotte experienced a significant drop in her approval rating immediately following the vote, according to pollster Public Policy Polling.[58]

Climate change[edit]

Ayotte questions the conclusiveness of the findings of scientific studies that human activity has caused significant climate change.[59] She said that there is "scientific evidence that demonstrates there is some impact from human activities. However I don't think the evidence is conclusive."[60]

In October 2015, Sen. Ayotte became the first congressional Republican to endorse a measure by President Obama dubbed the Clean Power Plan. This measure would see a 32 percent cut in the power sector's carbon dioxide emissions. In a statement, Ayotte told her constituents, "After carefully reviewing this plan and talking with members of our business community, environmental groups, and other stakeholders, I have decided to support the Clean Power Plan to address climate change through clean energy solutions that will protect our environment."[61]

Health care[edit]

Ayotte supports state-administered healthcare programs such as SCHIP and federal tax credits that serve to reduce the number of uninsured.[62] In November 2013, amid growing concerns over the launch of the Affordable Care Act, particularly relating to delays associated with initial online signups for health coverage, Ayotte called for a "time-out" on the law during a televised interview with CNN, suggesting instead to "convene a group of bipartisan leaders to address health care concerns in this country because this is not working."[63] Ayotte was given the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Congressional Award in recognition of her support for increasing mental health resources.[64]

Social Security[edit]

Ayotte has stated that she is open to raising the Social Security retirement age for younger workers.[48]

U.S. Supreme Court[edit]

Ayotte opposed the confirmation of Justice Elena Kagan, stating that Kagan was unqualified.[65] Ayotte said that she probably would have voted in favor of confirming Justice Sonia Sotomayor.[66]

Government spending[edit]

Ayotte favors passage of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.[67] Ayotte favors ending any additional spending under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "Stimulus Bill") and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 ("TARP").[68][68]

Ayotte believes that Congress should end the process of earmarking.[68]

"I wouldn't have supported the TARP or the bailouts," Ayotte told a reporter. "Let the market adjust and pick the winners and losers. I do not think we should have bailed out the private sector. You start a business and when you succeed, the fruits of that is profits and when you fail, you pay the price."[60]

To counter the federal government's debt and deficit problem, Ayotte proposes that every government department cut its budget by 20 percent from current levels, though "some may cut more, some may cut less."[60][69] "We are on the path to bankrupt the greatest nation in the world."[60][69]

Financial regulation[edit]

Ayotte opposed passage of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, on her belief that it failed to directly address problems with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and that the Act imposed additional regulatory burdens on community banks.[70]

Social issues[edit]

Ayotte is pro-life, and believes that abortion should be prohibited except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother.[41]

Ayotte voted for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2012.[71]

Foreign affairs[edit]

In July 2012 on CNN, Ayotte stated: "The president's first major foreign policy speech in Cairo was to apologize for our country, and he's actually made us weaker around the world as opposed to stronger, and Mitt Romney will stand strong with our allies." Political commentary on whether the president apologized in his Cairo speech was mixed. PolitiFact, though its experts were split on the question, and it found that "Obama did get very close to regretting decades-old U.S. actions in Iran", rated Ayotte's claim that Obama's first speech abroad as President was an apology "false."[72]

In October 2014 she wrote an op-ed in The Hill entitled "Abbas and the path to peace", in which she said: "Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has embarked on a destructive course harmful to the prospects for rebuilding Gaza and achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace."[73]


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