Kelly A. Ayotte
Senator Ayotte has significant leadership and strategic planning skills, as well as legal experience and experience in government and public affairs.
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. She also serves as director on the private company boards of BAE Systems and Blink Health LLC, and serves on the advisory boards of Microsoft Corporation, Chubb Insurance and Cirtronics Corporation. Senator Ayotte formerly served as director of Bloom Energy Corporation from 2017 to 2019.
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, Winning for Women and Veterans Count of New Hampshire. She is also a member of the Aspen Institute's Economic Strategy and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Senator Ayotte also serves as Co-chair for both the Center for Strategic and International Study's Commission on Health Security and the Center for a New American Security's Digital Freedom Forum.
Senator Ayotte graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania State University and received a JD from the Villanova University School of Law.