After President Donald J. Trump fired former FBI director James Comey on Tuesday, names have been circulating around the country of who will be appointed as his replacement. Included in that list is Penn State alumna Kelly Ayotte.
Politico reported that Ayotte is favored by Trump as a candidate given her work in spearheading the nomination process of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Ayotte, a Republican, has also drawn bipartisan support from New Hampshire Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, who both cited her record and appeal to both parties as strengths in the appointment process.
Previously, Ayotte, a native of Nashua, NH, served a term as a New Hampshire Senator. She lost re-election this past November in a narrow race with New Hampshire Democrat governor Maggie Hassan. During her term, Ayotte chaired the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations in addition to serving on the Armed Services, Budget, Commerce, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committees.
Before her congressional duties, Ayotte served as attorney general of New Hampshire from 2004-2009, the first woman to hold the position. While working as the attorney general, Ayotte led a campaign for the state’s first capital murder convictions in over 60 years.
Since graduating with a B.A. in political science in 1990, the sister of the Delta Gamma sorority and former Panhellenic Council president has been a loyal alumna. She delivered the commencement address at the Dickinson School of Law graduation in 2015 and last month, returned to campus for the Great Debate with former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley.