Kelly A. Ayotte
Senator Ayotte has significant legal experience and experience in government and public affairs, as well as leadership and strategic planning skills.
Senator Ayotte represented New Hampshire in the United States Senate from 2011-2016, where she chaired the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations. She also served on the Budget, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Aging Committees. From 2004-2009, Senator Ayotte served as New Hampshire's first female Attorney General having been appointed to that position by Republican Governor Craig Benson and reappointed twice by Democratic Governor John Lynch. Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Attorney General, Chief of the Homicide Prosecution Unit and as Legal Counsel to Governor Craig Benson. She began her career as a law clerk to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and as an associate at the McLane Middleton law firm.
Senator Ayotte serves on the boards of The Blackstone Group L.P., Caterpillar Inc., News Corporation, BAE Systems, Bloom Energy Corporation and Blink Health LLC, and the advisory boards of Microsoft Corporation, Chubb Insurance and Cirtronics Corporation. Senator Ayotte is a Senior Advisor for Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions. She also serves on the non-profit boards of the One Campaign, the International Republican Institute, the McCain Institute, Swim with a Mission and Veterans Count of New Hampshire. In 2017, Senator Ayotte was a joint visiting fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. In 2018, she was a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and the Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor at Dartmouth College. She also is a member of the Aspen Institute's Economic Strategy and Homeland Security groups and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Senator Ayotte graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania State University and received a JD from the Villanova University School of Law.