Penn State Alumna Kelly Ayotte Defeated In New Hampshire Senate Election
Penn State alumna Kelly Ayotte was defeated in yesterday’s general election, ending her single-term tenure as a Senator representing New Hampshire. Ayotte, a Republican, lost a close race against current New Hampshire Governor, Democrat Maggie Hassan. According to the New Hampshire Secretary of State website, Ayotte lost by just 1,023 votes, clocking in at 353,617 as compared to Hassan’s 356,640.
Ayotte was elected in 2010 and serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Commerce, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committees. She also currently chairs the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations.
Prior to her term as Senator, Ayotte was the first female attorney general for New Hampshire from 2004 to 2009. In this position, she led efforts to seal the first capital murder convictions in New Hampshire in more than 60 years.
During her time at Penn State, Ayotte was a member of Delta Gamma sorority and served as president of the Panhellenic Council. She graduated in 1990 with a B.A. in political science before earning her J.D. at Villanova University.
Ayotte was the commencement speaker for the Dickinson School of Law Class of 2015.