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Weeks later, Ayotte called Trump a role model during a televised debate, but quickly walked it back saying she had “misspoke.”. var photocredit = "'' 'Sen. [116] In 2011, she voted to limit the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. [90], Ayotte has been described as both a conservative Republican and a centrist. [75], Ayotte favors passage of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Ayotte was mentioned as a possible running mate for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.[2][3]. [146], In June 2016, Ayotte voted against an amendment offered by Senator Chris Murphy which would have required background checks for gun sales at gun shows, over the internet, and between friends and family. Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte thanks supporters Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, after telling them her race with Democratic challenger for Senate, Gov. [10], In 1998, Ayotte joined the office of the New Hampshire Attorney General as a prosecutor. Help a local business Why a mask will help In 2004, Ayotte appealed the First Circuit's ruling to the Supreme Court, over the objection of incoming Democratic Governor John Lynch. [70] She is also a leading opponent of the Internet sales tax. She attended Nashua High School and received a B.A. [161][162], Ayotte authored and released an unclassified report that summarized information about the 107 original detainees at Guantanamo Bay, including the detainees' affiliations and terrorist activities prior to their detention. Before joining the U.S. Senate, Ayotte was the state’s first female attorney general, appointed by Republican Gov. [101], Speaking about gay marriage, Ayotte said in 2010: "Ultimately I do think this is a matter for the states and states should decide how to define marriage. All four amendments failed. 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KELLY AYOTTE (R), NEW HAMPSHIRE: Well, I have to tell you right now with where we are in our economic recovery. objLink.PageTitle = currentheadline; [104], Ayotte did not support Hillary Clinton's proposal to bring an additional 65,000 Syrian refugees to the United States, unless stricter vetting was implemented to "guarantee to the American people that none of the individuals that are being brought to the United States have any connections to ISIS. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat. Former United States Senator The Honorable Kelly A. Ayotte is a member of the Board of Directors of BAE Systems, Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of BAE Systems plc. For more numbers and news on the pandemic in New Hampshire, click through. She voted for an amendment to increase funding for the background check system and enhance the definition of "mental competency" for purchasing firearms. [101], Ayotte voted for the comprehensive immigration reform bill (the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013) brought forward by the bipartisan Gang of Eight, calling it a "a thoughtful, bipartisan solution to a tough problem. [9], Ayotte clerked for Sherman D. Horton, associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, for one year. "[73], Ayotte voted in April 2014 to extend federal funding for unemployment benefits. 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, S. 862, a bill to allow certain individuals to be exempted from the, 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, S. 1764, a bill to prohibit the Department of Defense from retiring the, S. 1869, a bill to repeal the provision of the. [21], In 2008, Planned Parenthood sued to recover its attorney fees and court costs from the New Hampshire Department of Justice. Senator the group would not be supporting in 2016, due to Ayotte's support for the Clean Power Plan to combat climate change. “I’m still not happy she did not endorse Trump.”. Don’t be alarmed, scientists say, Osborne Agway’s store cat Fennel returned safe and sound. She then defeated Democratic congressman Paul Hodes in the general election with 60% of the vote and was sworn into the U.S. Senate as a member of the 112th Congress on January 3, 2011. var photocredit = photocredit.toUpperCase(); [147][148][149], Ayotte chaired the Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and was a leading voice in the hawkish wing of the Senate Republican Conference. Ms. Ayotte was elected to the board of directors effective May 13, 2019. Senator Kelly Ayotte's reelection campaign is shaping up as a test of Donald Trump's effect on down-ballot Republican candidates. '"[32], In 2016 Ayotte ran for reelection to the U.S. Senate against Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire's sitting governor. He became a senior policy advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a lobbying and law firm in Washington, D.C. Kelly Ayotte biography. FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. objLink.Render(); In 2001, she married Joseph Daley, a pilot in the National Guard. 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. [13] Ayotte had both of her children while serving as the first and only female New Hampshire Attorney General. Ayotte served briefly as legal counsel to Benson in 2003 and spent the preceding years at the attorney general’s office and in a private practice. [159], In July 2016, Ayotte released a comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS, including a "more aggressive" campaign of U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Ms. Ayotte represented New Hampshire in the United States Senate from 2011 to 2016, where she chaired the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations. [120], In 2010, when asked about climate change, Ayotte acknowledged that "there is scientific evidence that demonstrates there is some impact from human activities" but stated that "I don't think the evidence is conclusive. "[116], Ayotte favors the permanent repeal of the estate tax and has co-sponsored legislation to repeal the tax. from Pennsylvania State University in political science. [115] In 2013, she voted for a point of order opposing a carbon tax or a fee on carbon emissions. objLink.IsAboveImage = false; [145] As part of the debate over Manchin-Toomey, Ayotte voted for an amendment which would have increased access to mental health records for background checks and provided funding to prosecute background check violations. [6] Ayotte attended Nashua High School and received a B.A. In 2016, Ayotte was defeated in her bid for reelection by Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan by a very narrow margin of 1,017 votes (0.14%). [26] She was accompanied by Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen. [45] NOAA later backed off forcing fishermen to pay the full cost. objLink.LinkClass = "mycapturelink"; objLink.LinkContent = " » Buy this Image"; Defense secretary. Ayotte meets with Obama's Supreme Court nominee, "Ayotte offers free condoms to promote bill", "Hassan slams Ayotte on Planned Parenthood funding", "New Hampshire GOP Senate Primary Tests Sarah Palin, Tea Party", "Who will be the next Republican senator to embrace gay marriage? She also voted for two amendments to block or delay the sale of firearms to known or suspected terrorists. [164] They have two children. "[128], Ayotte was given the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Congressional Award in recognition of her support for increasing mental health resources. Ambassador to the United Nations. The bill would have punished employers for retaliating against workers who share wage information and put the justification burden on employers as to why someone is paid less while allowing workers to sue for punitive damages of wage discrimination. var sellablestring = "MONITOR STAFF"; objLink.LinkClass = "mycapturelink"; [12] In June 2004, Governor Benson appointed Ayotte as Attorney General of the State of New Hampshire after Peter Heed resigned. [7] While at Penn State, she was initiated into the Delta Gamma sorority. [49], Ayotte offered the Gender Advancement in Pay Act to implement New Hampshire's equal pay law at the federal level, as explained under in "Labor issues". objLink.PageTitle = currentheadline; [115] Ayotte opposes the Defense Department's wishes to retire the U.S.'s fleet of Cold War-era A-10 Thunderbolt II jets and redirect those funds elsewhere. [155][156], In October 2014, Ayotte wrote an op-ed in The Hill criticizing Mahmoud Abbas, writing that the Palestinian Authority president "has embarked on a destructive course harmful to the prospects for rebuilding Gaza and achieving Israeli–Palestinian peace. [61], Ayotte supported making the money that parents save for their kids' college tax-free. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) speaks at a news conference July 25, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  May 5, 2016, 3:09 PM UTC / Updated May 5, 2016, 3:20 PM UTC By Steve Benen [34], On May 4, 2016, an Ayotte spokeswoman said Ayotte "intends to support the Republican nominee" for U.S. President but did not plan to make an endorsement. Ayotte said that the legislation failed to directly address problems with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and that the Act imposed additional regulatory burdens on community banks. Prior to that, she was named New Hampshire's first female attorney general, serving from 2004 until 2009. ", "11 Senate Republicans vote to extend benefits to same-sex couples", "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 1st Session", "Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Overwhelmingly Passes Senate", "McCaskill Set to Win the Battle on Sexual Assault in the Military", "Sens. “Gordon is a highly respected and talented attorney who possesses great intellect and integrity,” Ayotte told the Union Leader. Federal funding had been initiated in 2008 and expired at the end of 2013. Kelly Ann Ayotte serves as Independent Director of the Company. [138] In November 2013, Ayotte was one of 10 Senate Republicans who voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,[139] which passed by a vote of 64–32. [115] She opposed the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and introduced a bill in the Senate that would block the closure of the prison and ban any transfer of detainees to the United States. Kelly Ayotte, a prominent national figure in Republican politics, will join the center-right Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) as a senior … New Hampshire's already made that decision and I respect the decision. Ayotte has pushed for the Pentagon to publicly disclose more details about the detainees; the Pentagon currently releases only detainees' names and countries where they are transferred. ☹️ Will you get a check? objLink.BackText = "Go back to the Concord Monitor"; Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte was New Hampshire’s attorney general from mid-2004 to mid-2009 and was personally involved in the prosecution of Michael Addison, who … "[105], Ayotte opposes increasing the minimum wage,[106] and opposes federal legislation to index the minimum wage to inflation, reflecting adjustments in the cost of living. Defense secretary. var photocredit = "'' 'Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte thanks supporters Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, after telling them her race with Democratic challenger for Senate, Gov. McCaskill, Ayotte: Keep Military Sexual Assault Cases in Chain of Command", "Ayotte pushes for passage of campus sexual assault bill", "New Hampshire Sens. [131][132], Ayotte believes abortion should be prohibited except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother. The Herald endorsement was notable as it had endorsed Ayotte's opponent, Maggie Hassan, in Hassan's prior runs for office. Ayotte was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, on June 27, 1968, the daughter of Kathleen M. (née Sullivan) and Marc Frederick Ayotte. Kelly Ann Ayotte is an American attorney and politician who served as a Republican United States Senator from 2011 to 2017 and Attorney General for New Hampshire from 2004 to 2009. [119], Ayotte opposed the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan, in a virtual dead heat, try to break through with voters. Johnson and Ayotte also have to deal with the overall damaging brand of Senate Republicans as they seek second terms- Mitch McConnell is a remarkably unpopular figure with a 14/58 approval spread in both Wisconsin and New Hampshire. [99] The Lugar Center at Georgetown University ranked Ayotte as the 11th most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate during the 113th Congress. [127], In November 2013, amid growing concerns over the launch of HealthCare.gov, particularly relating to delays associated with initial online signups for health coverage, Ayotte called for a "time-out" on the Affordable Care Act 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. There’s a long time between now and 2016, when Ayotte faces voters for a second time. 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Weeks later, Ayotte called Trump a role model during a televised debate, but quickly walked it back saying she had “misspoke.”. var photocredit = "'' 'Sen. [116] In 2011, she voted to limit the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. [90], Ayotte has been described as both a conservative Republican and a centrist. [75], Ayotte favors passage of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Ayotte was mentioned as a possible running mate for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.[2][3]. [146], In June 2016, Ayotte voted against an amendment offered by Senator Chris Murphy which would have required background checks for gun sales at gun shows, over the internet, and between friends and family. Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte thanks supporters Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, after telling them her race with Democratic challenger for Senate, Gov. [10], In 1998, Ayotte joined the office of the New Hampshire Attorney General as a prosecutor. Help a local business Why a mask will help In 2004, Ayotte appealed the First Circuit's ruling to the Supreme Court, over the objection of incoming Democratic Governor John Lynch. [70] She is also a leading opponent of the Internet sales tax. She attended Nashua High School and received a B.A. [161][162], Ayotte authored and released an unclassified report that summarized information about the 107 original detainees at Guantanamo Bay, including the detainees' affiliations and terrorist activities prior to their detention. Before joining the U.S. Senate, Ayotte was the state’s first female attorney general, appointed by Republican Gov. [101], Speaking about gay marriage, Ayotte said in 2010: "Ultimately I do think this is a matter for the states and states should decide how to define marriage. All four amendments failed. 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KELLY AYOTTE (R), NEW HAMPSHIRE: Well, I have to tell you right now with where we are in our economic recovery. objLink.PageTitle = currentheadline; [104], Ayotte did not support Hillary Clinton's proposal to bring an additional 65,000 Syrian refugees to the United States, unless stricter vetting was implemented to "guarantee to the American people that none of the individuals that are being brought to the United States have any connections to ISIS. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat. Former United States Senator The Honorable Kelly A. Ayotte is a member of the Board of Directors of BAE Systems, Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of BAE Systems plc. For more numbers and news on the pandemic in New Hampshire, click through. She voted for an amendment to increase funding for the background check system and enhance the definition of "mental competency" for purchasing firearms. [101], Ayotte voted for the comprehensive immigration reform bill (the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013) brought forward by the bipartisan Gang of Eight, calling it a "a thoughtful, bipartisan solution to a tough problem. [9], Ayotte clerked for Sherman D. Horton, associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, for one year. "[73], Ayotte voted in April 2014 to extend federal funding for unemployment benefits. 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, S. 862, a bill to allow certain individuals to be exempted from the, 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, S. 1764, a bill to prohibit the Department of Defense from retiring the, S. 1869, a bill to repeal the provision of the. [21], In 2008, Planned Parenthood sued to recover its attorney fees and court costs from the New Hampshire Department of Justice. Senator the group would not be supporting in 2016, due to Ayotte's support for the Clean Power Plan to combat climate change. “I’m still not happy she did not endorse Trump.”. Don’t be alarmed, scientists say, Osborne Agway’s store cat Fennel returned safe and sound. She then defeated Democratic congressman Paul Hodes in the general election with 60% of the vote and was sworn into the U.S. Senate as a member of the 112th Congress on January 3, 2011. var photocredit = photocredit.toUpperCase(); [147][148][149], Ayotte chaired the Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and was a leading voice in the hawkish wing of the Senate Republican Conference. Ms. Ayotte was elected to the board of directors effective May 13, 2019. Senator Kelly Ayotte's reelection campaign is shaping up as a test of Donald Trump's effect on down-ballot Republican candidates. '"[32], In 2016 Ayotte ran for reelection to the U.S. Senate against Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire's sitting governor. He became a senior policy advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a lobbying and law firm in Washington, D.C. Kelly Ayotte biography. FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. objLink.Render(); In 2001, she married Joseph Daley, a pilot in the National Guard. 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. [13] Ayotte had both of her children while serving as the first and only female New Hampshire Attorney General. Ayotte served briefly as legal counsel to Benson in 2003 and spent the preceding years at the attorney general’s office and in a private practice. [159], In July 2016, Ayotte released a comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS, including a "more aggressive" campaign of U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Ms. Ayotte represented New Hampshire in the United States Senate from 2011 to 2016, where she chaired the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations. [120], In 2010, when asked about climate change, Ayotte acknowledged that "there is scientific evidence that demonstrates there is some impact from human activities" but stated that "I don't think the evidence is conclusive. "[116], Ayotte favors the permanent repeal of the estate tax and has co-sponsored legislation to repeal the tax. from Pennsylvania State University in political science. [115] In 2013, she voted for a point of order opposing a carbon tax or a fee on carbon emissions. objLink.IsAboveImage = false; [145] As part of the debate over Manchin-Toomey, Ayotte voted for an amendment which would have increased access to mental health records for background checks and provided funding to prosecute background check violations. [6] Ayotte attended Nashua High School and received a B.A. In 2016, Ayotte was defeated in her bid for reelection by Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan by a very narrow margin of 1,017 votes (0.14%). [26] She was accompanied by Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen. [45] NOAA later backed off forcing fishermen to pay the full cost. objLink.LinkClass = "mycapturelink"; objLink.LinkContent = " » Buy this Image"; Defense secretary. Ayotte meets with Obama's Supreme Court nominee, "Ayotte offers free condoms to promote bill", "Hassan slams Ayotte on Planned Parenthood funding", "New Hampshire GOP Senate Primary Tests Sarah Palin, Tea Party", "Who will be the next Republican senator to embrace gay marriage? She also voted for two amendments to block or delay the sale of firearms to known or suspected terrorists. [164] They have two children. "[128], Ayotte was given the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Congressional Award in recognition of her support for increasing mental health resources. Ambassador to the United Nations. The bill would have punished employers for retaliating against workers who share wage information and put the justification burden on employers as to why someone is paid less while allowing workers to sue for punitive damages of wage discrimination. var sellablestring = "MONITOR STAFF"; objLink.LinkClass = "mycapturelink"; [12] In June 2004, Governor Benson appointed Ayotte as Attorney General of the State of New Hampshire after Peter Heed resigned. [7] While at Penn State, she was initiated into the Delta Gamma sorority. [49], Ayotte offered the Gender Advancement in Pay Act to implement New Hampshire's equal pay law at the federal level, as explained under in "Labor issues". objLink.PageTitle = currentheadline; [115] Ayotte opposes the Defense Department's wishes to retire the U.S.'s fleet of Cold War-era A-10 Thunderbolt II jets and redirect those funds elsewhere. [155][156], In October 2014, Ayotte wrote an op-ed in The Hill criticizing Mahmoud Abbas, writing that the Palestinian Authority president "has embarked on a destructive course harmful to the prospects for rebuilding Gaza and achieving Israeli–Palestinian peace. [61], Ayotte supported making the money that parents save for their kids' college tax-free. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) speaks at a news conference July 25, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  May 5, 2016, 3:09 PM UTC / Updated May 5, 2016, 3:20 PM UTC By Steve Benen [34], On May 4, 2016, an Ayotte spokeswoman said Ayotte "intends to support the Republican nominee" for U.S. President but did not plan to make an endorsement. Ayotte said that the legislation failed to directly address problems with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and that the Act imposed additional regulatory burdens on community banks. Prior to that, she was named New Hampshire's first female attorney general, serving from 2004 until 2009. ", "11 Senate Republicans vote to extend benefits to same-sex couples", "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 1st Session", "Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Overwhelmingly Passes Senate", "McCaskill Set to Win the Battle on Sexual Assault in the Military", "Sens. “Gordon is a highly respected and talented attorney who possesses great intellect and integrity,” Ayotte told the Union Leader. Federal funding had been initiated in 2008 and expired at the end of 2013. Kelly Ann Ayotte serves as Independent Director of the Company. [138] In November 2013, Ayotte was one of 10 Senate Republicans who voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,[139] which passed by a vote of 64–32. [115] She opposed the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and introduced a bill in the Senate that would block the closure of the prison and ban any transfer of detainees to the United States. Kelly Ayotte, a prominent national figure in Republican politics, will join the center-right Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) as a senior … New Hampshire's already made that decision and I respect the decision. Ayotte has pushed for the Pentagon to publicly disclose more details about the detainees; the Pentagon currently releases only detainees' names and countries where they are transferred. ☹️ Will you get a check? objLink.BackText = "Go back to the Concord Monitor"; Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte was New Hampshire’s attorney general from mid-2004 to mid-2009 and was personally involved in the prosecution of Michael Addison, who … "[105], Ayotte opposes increasing the minimum wage,[106] and opposes federal legislation to index the minimum wage to inflation, reflecting adjustments in the cost of living. Defense secretary. var photocredit = "'' 'Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte thanks supporters Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, after telling them her race with Democratic challenger for Senate, Gov. McCaskill, Ayotte: Keep Military Sexual Assault Cases in Chain of Command", "Ayotte pushes for passage of campus sexual assault bill", "New Hampshire Sens. [131][132], Ayotte believes abortion should be prohibited except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother. The Herald endorsement was notable as it had endorsed Ayotte's opponent, Maggie Hassan, in Hassan's prior runs for office. Ayotte was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, on June 27, 1968, the daughter of Kathleen M. (née Sullivan) and Marc Frederick Ayotte. Kelly Ann Ayotte is an American attorney and politician who served as a Republican United States Senator from 2011 to 2017 and Attorney General for New Hampshire from 2004 to 2009. [119], Ayotte opposed the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan, in a virtual dead heat, try to break through with voters. Johnson and Ayotte also have to deal with the overall damaging brand of Senate Republicans as they seek second terms- Mitch McConnell is a remarkably unpopular figure with a 14/58 approval spread in both Wisconsin and New Hampshire. [99] The Lugar Center at Georgetown University ranked Ayotte as the 11th most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate during the 113th Congress. [127], In November 2013, amid growing concerns over the launch of HealthCare.gov, particularly relating to delays associated with initial online signups for health coverage, Ayotte called for a "time-out" on the Affordable Care Act 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. There’s a long time between now and 2016, when Ayotte faces voters for a second time. 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[73], Ayotte and Democratic New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen co-sponsored a bill to combat pregnancy discrimination in the workplace and ensure expectant mothers can continue working during their pregnancy. [111] 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. Sen. Kelly Ayotte speaks during an election night party at the Grappone Center in Concord on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. She was part of a bipartisan group of eight senators who supported compromise legislation to close the "No Fly, No Buy" loophole and ensure people on the No Fly list are not able to purchase firearms. soil. Ayotte was one of four senators, two Republicans and two Democrats, who introduced the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, federal legislation to support local solutions and implement a comprehensive federal strategy to tackle the heroin and prescription opioid abuse epidemic. [69], In December 2015, Ayotte voted to suspend the Medical Device Tax, which she says threatens nearly 3,500 manufacturing jobs in New Hampshire. Kelly Ayotte, in full Kelly Ann Ayotte, (born June 27, 1968, Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.), American lawyer and politician who was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and represented New Hampshire in that body from 2011 to 2017. [5] [75][76], Ayotte sponsored 217 bills, including:[77], During her time in the Senate, Ayotte received a number of awards for her legislative activity from a variety of civic organizations and interest groups, including the National Retail Federation,[83] CCAGW PAC,[84] the AARP,[85] Save the Children,[86] the New Hampshire Veterans of Foreign Wars,[87] the National Association of Police Organizations,[88] and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. "[102][103] She has been a vocal critic of the practice of sanctuary cities and voted to withhold federal funding from municipalities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials. "[116], Ayotte has called for federal budget cuts to reduce the federal debt and deficits, proposing in 2010 that every government department cut its budget by 20 percent from current levels, though "some may cut more, some may cut less. [163] Daley is retired from the Air National Guard and owns a small landscaping and snow plow business in Merrimack. objLink.BackText = "Go back to the Concord Monitor"; [111] Ayotte went on to offer her own equal pay bill, the Gender Advancement in Pay Act, which would implement New Hampshire's equal pay law at the federal level, but "a little stronger in its anti-retaliation provision because it explicitly addresses written policies. objLink.Render(); The loss represents a stunning fall for Ayotte, who had become the state’s top Republican after winning the U.S. Senate seat in 2010. "[137] 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. [8] In 1993, Ayotte received a J.D. The number of new cases may be starting to turn down, however, as hospitalizations remain well below the peak of a month ago. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff). from Villanova University School of Law, where she had served as editor of the Environmental Law Journal. But will Republicans care? objLink.Notes = "From this page " + currentLocation; [28][30] In the general election, Ayotte defeated Democratic nominee U.S. Representative Paul Hodes, Libertarian nominee Ken Blevens, and Independent Chris Booth with 60 percent of the vote. Ayotte’s tumultuous relationship with Trump may have played a role in her election downfall, and it’s a prime reason why supporters dismiss reports she is being considered for his cabinet. In 1993, Ayotte graduated from Villanova University School of Law, where she had served as editor of the Environmental Law Journal. Born and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire, Ayotte is a graduate of Nashua High School, Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University School of Law. Contact information for Kelly Ayotte includes her email address, phone number, and mailing address. Ayotte was chosen by Senator John McCain to deliver a Bible reading at his memorial service in Washington D.C. on September 1, 2018. “I will always find a way to serve our state and our country, even as a private citizen,” Ayotte said when asked whether she would serve in a Trump administration. She became the first and only woman to serve as New Hampshire's Attorney General, serving from 2004 to 2009, after she was twice reappointed by Democratic governor John Lynch. “Her elevation would signal that Trump campaign cronies won’t be moving into the West Wing – or the Pentagon; Trump would get credit for selecting a mainstream, serious person,” wrote Jennifer Rubin, a conservative who writes for the Washington Post. 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. N.H. COVID-19 update: Another 12 deaths were reported Wednesday, bringing the total to 950 people who have succumbed to the pandemic in New Hampshire. [141][142] In 2015, Ayotte and New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act to combat sexual assault on college campuses and better support survivors. [41][42], She helped include provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act to boost STEM education, particularly among girls and underrepresented minorities, and to support career and technical education in schools. “She will have terrific opportunities.”. objLink.BackText = "Go back to the Concord Monitor"; The act became law on December 19, 2014. [52], Ayotte was critical of the Obama administration's response to ISIS, and released a comprehensive plan to destroy ISIS.[53]. Help us improve with a 60-second survey Act Now The Supreme Court unanimously vacated the district court's ruling and remanded the case back to the district court, holding that it was improper for the district court to invalidate the statute completely instead of just severing the problematic portions of the statute or enjoining the statute's unconstitutional applications. She ran again for the U.S. Senate seat in 2008, successfully defeating Republican incumbent John E. Sununu in the pair’s second matchup. Following other failed U.S. Senate campaigns, candidates have turned to the private sector and academia. Visit Ayotte’s Website » Head over to Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s website. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat. She worked as a law clerk for the New Hampshire Supreme Court before entering private practice. If you are having a problem with a government agency, look for a contact link for casework to submit a request for help. [33], In February 2016, the Koch Brothers-linked conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity announced that Ayotte was the lone vulnerable Republican U.S. [101], Ayotte voted for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2012. "[157], In October 2011, Ayotte sponsored a bill with Senator John McCain to control costs associated with major defense acquisition programs. }, Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte thanks supporters Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, after telling them her race with Democratic challenger for Senate, Gov. Her thesis was The informal organizational culture's effects on women faculty in the College of Liberal Arts at the Pennsylvania State University. "[125][126], Ayotte supports state-administered healthcare programs such as SCHIP and federal tax credits that serve to reduce the number of uninsured. Sen. Kelly Ayotte Kelly Ann Ayotte Bottom line Seven Senate races to watch in 2022 Bottom line MORE ... “We need to ensure that this isn’t just surrounding what we’re doing now,” she said. [74], She offered and cosponsored legislation to make it easier for employers to offer flex-time to working parents and to expand access to affordable childcare. 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. var photocredit = photocredit.toUpperCase(); In September 2010, Ayotte won a close victory over lawyer Ovide M. Lamontagne in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. 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[115], Ayotte has pushed to end congressional earmarks, and has co-sponsored legislation that would permanently ban the practice. News outlets began reporting that Ayotte was under consideration for a cabinet post after columnists for the Washington Post and the National Review opined last week that the Republican would be a good fit. “Kelly has a strong record as an independent voice who delivers results for New Hampshire, and that’s what our campaign is focused on,” said Ayotte spokeswoman Liz Johnson. var sellablestring = "MONITOR STAFF"; objLink.LinkClass = "mycapturelink"; if (photocredit.indexOf(sellablestring) > -1) { [32] 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. 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. In June 2004, Governor Benson appointed Ayotte as Attorney General of New Hampshire, after the resignation of Peter Heed. 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Weeks later, Ayotte called Trump a role model during a televised debate, but quickly walked it back saying she had “misspoke.”. var photocredit = "'' 'Sen. [116] In 2011, she voted to limit the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. [90], Ayotte has been described as both a conservative Republican and a centrist. [75], Ayotte favors passage of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Ayotte was mentioned as a possible running mate for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.[2][3]. [146], In June 2016, Ayotte voted against an amendment offered by Senator Chris Murphy which would have required background checks for gun sales at gun shows, over the internet, and between friends and family. Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte thanks supporters Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, after telling them her race with Democratic challenger for Senate, Gov. [10], In 1998, Ayotte joined the office of the New Hampshire Attorney General as a prosecutor. Help a local business Why a mask will help In 2004, Ayotte appealed the First Circuit's ruling to the Supreme Court, over the objection of incoming Democratic Governor John Lynch. [70] She is also a leading opponent of the Internet sales tax. She attended Nashua High School and received a B.A. [161][162], Ayotte authored and released an unclassified report that summarized information about the 107 original detainees at Guantanamo Bay, including the detainees' affiliations and terrorist activities prior to their detention. Before joining the U.S. Senate, Ayotte was the state’s first female attorney general, appointed by Republican Gov. [101], Speaking about gay marriage, Ayotte said in 2010: "Ultimately I do think this is a matter for the states and states should decide how to define marriage. All four amendments failed. 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Kelly Ayotte greets supporters outside a polling place at Bedford High School on Election Day. [114] She has advocated for such a constitutional amendment as a member of the Senate Budget Committee. 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KELLY AYOTTE (R), NEW HAMPSHIRE: Well, I have to tell you right now with where we are in our economic recovery. objLink.PageTitle = currentheadline; [104], Ayotte did not support Hillary Clinton's proposal to bring an additional 65,000 Syrian refugees to the United States, unless stricter vetting was implemented to "guarantee to the American people that none of the individuals that are being brought to the United States have any connections to ISIS. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat. Former United States Senator The Honorable Kelly A. Ayotte is a member of the Board of Directors of BAE Systems, Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of BAE Systems plc. For more numbers and news on the pandemic in New Hampshire, click through. She voted for an amendment to increase funding for the background check system and enhance the definition of "mental competency" for purchasing firearms. [101], Ayotte voted for the comprehensive immigration reform bill (the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013) brought forward by the bipartisan Gang of Eight, calling it a "a thoughtful, bipartisan solution to a tough problem. [9], Ayotte clerked for Sherman D. Horton, associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, for one year. "[73], Ayotte voted in April 2014 to extend federal funding for unemployment benefits. 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, S. 862, a bill to allow certain individuals to be exempted from the, 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, S. 1764, a bill to prohibit the Department of Defense from retiring the, S. 1869, a bill to repeal the provision of the. [21], In 2008, Planned Parenthood sued to recover its attorney fees and court costs from the New Hampshire Department of Justice. Senator the group would not be supporting in 2016, due to Ayotte's support for the Clean Power Plan to combat climate change. “I’m still not happy she did not endorse Trump.”. Don’t be alarmed, scientists say, Osborne Agway’s store cat Fennel returned safe and sound. She then defeated Democratic congressman Paul Hodes in the general election with 60% of the vote and was sworn into the U.S. Senate as a member of the 112th Congress on January 3, 2011. var photocredit = photocredit.toUpperCase(); [147][148][149], Ayotte chaired the Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and was a leading voice in the hawkish wing of the Senate Republican Conference. Ms. Ayotte was elected to the board of directors effective May 13, 2019. Senator Kelly Ayotte's reelection campaign is shaping up as a test of Donald Trump's effect on down-ballot Republican candidates. '"[32], In 2016 Ayotte ran for reelection to the U.S. Senate against Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire's sitting governor. He became a senior policy advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a lobbying and law firm in Washington, D.C. Kelly Ayotte biography. FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. objLink.Render(); In 2001, she married Joseph Daley, a pilot in the National Guard. 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. [13] Ayotte had both of her children while serving as the first and only female New Hampshire Attorney General. Ayotte served briefly as legal counsel to Benson in 2003 and spent the preceding years at the attorney general’s office and in a private practice. [159], In July 2016, Ayotte released a comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS, including a "more aggressive" campaign of U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Ms. Ayotte represented New Hampshire in the United States Senate from 2011 to 2016, where she chaired the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations. [120], In 2010, when asked about climate change, Ayotte acknowledged that "there is scientific evidence that demonstrates there is some impact from human activities" but stated that "I don't think the evidence is conclusive. "[116], Ayotte favors the permanent repeal of the estate tax and has co-sponsored legislation to repeal the tax. from Pennsylvania State University in political science. [115] In 2013, she voted for a point of order opposing a carbon tax or a fee on carbon emissions. objLink.IsAboveImage = false; [145] As part of the debate over Manchin-Toomey, Ayotte voted for an amendment which would have increased access to mental health records for background checks and provided funding to prosecute background check violations. [6] Ayotte attended Nashua High School and received a B.A. In 2016, Ayotte was defeated in her bid for reelection by Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan by a very narrow margin of 1,017 votes (0.14%). [26] She was accompanied by Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen. [45] NOAA later backed off forcing fishermen to pay the full cost. objLink.LinkClass = "mycapturelink"; objLink.LinkContent = " » Buy this Image"; Defense secretary. Ayotte meets with Obama's Supreme Court nominee, "Ayotte offers free condoms to promote bill", "Hassan slams Ayotte on Planned Parenthood funding", "New Hampshire GOP Senate Primary Tests Sarah Palin, Tea Party", "Who will be the next Republican senator to embrace gay marriage? She also voted for two amendments to block or delay the sale of firearms to known or suspected terrorists. [164] They have two children. "[128], Ayotte was given the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Congressional Award in recognition of her support for increasing mental health resources. Ambassador to the United Nations. The bill would have punished employers for retaliating against workers who share wage information and put the justification burden on employers as to why someone is paid less while allowing workers to sue for punitive damages of wage discrimination. var sellablestring = "MONITOR STAFF"; objLink.LinkClass = "mycapturelink"; [12] In June 2004, Governor Benson appointed Ayotte as Attorney General of the State of New Hampshire after Peter Heed resigned. [7] While at Penn State, she was initiated into the Delta Gamma sorority. [49], Ayotte offered the Gender Advancement in Pay Act to implement New Hampshire's equal pay law at the federal level, as explained under in "Labor issues". objLink.PageTitle = currentheadline; [115] Ayotte opposes the Defense Department's wishes to retire the U.S.'s fleet of Cold War-era A-10 Thunderbolt II jets and redirect those funds elsewhere. [155][156], In October 2014, Ayotte wrote an op-ed in The Hill criticizing Mahmoud Abbas, writing that the Palestinian Authority president "has embarked on a destructive course harmful to the prospects for rebuilding Gaza and achieving Israeli–Palestinian peace. [61], Ayotte supported making the money that parents save for their kids' college tax-free. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) speaks at a news conference July 25, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  May 5, 2016, 3:09 PM UTC / Updated May 5, 2016, 3:20 PM UTC By Steve Benen [34], On May 4, 2016, an Ayotte spokeswoman said Ayotte "intends to support the Republican nominee" for U.S. President but did not plan to make an endorsement. Ayotte said that the legislation failed to directly address problems with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and that the Act imposed additional regulatory burdens on community banks. Prior to that, she was named New Hampshire's first female attorney general, serving from 2004 until 2009. ", "11 Senate Republicans vote to extend benefits to same-sex couples", "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 1st Session", "Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Overwhelmingly Passes Senate", "McCaskill Set to Win the Battle on Sexual Assault in the Military", "Sens. “Gordon is a highly respected and talented attorney who possesses great intellect and integrity,” Ayotte told the Union Leader. Federal funding had been initiated in 2008 and expired at the end of 2013. Kelly Ann Ayotte serves as Independent Director of the Company. [138] In November 2013, Ayotte was one of 10 Senate Republicans who voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,[139] which passed by a vote of 64–32. [115] She opposed the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and introduced a bill in the Senate that would block the closure of the prison and ban any transfer of detainees to the United States. Kelly Ayotte, a prominent national figure in Republican politics, will join the center-right Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) as a senior … New Hampshire's already made that decision and I respect the decision. Ayotte has pushed for the Pentagon to publicly disclose more details about the detainees; the Pentagon currently releases only detainees' names and countries where they are transferred. ☹️ Will you get a check? objLink.BackText = "Go back to the Concord Monitor"; Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte was New Hampshire’s attorney general from mid-2004 to mid-2009 and was personally involved in the prosecution of Michael Addison, who … "[105], Ayotte opposes increasing the minimum wage,[106] and opposes federal legislation to index the minimum wage to inflation, reflecting adjustments in the cost of living. Defense secretary. var photocredit = "'' 'Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte thanks supporters Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, after telling them her race with Democratic challenger for Senate, Gov. McCaskill, Ayotte: Keep Military Sexual Assault Cases in Chain of Command", "Ayotte pushes for passage of campus sexual assault bill", "New Hampshire Sens. [131][132], Ayotte believes abortion should be prohibited except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother. The Herald endorsement was notable as it had endorsed Ayotte's opponent, Maggie Hassan, in Hassan's prior runs for office. Ayotte was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, on June 27, 1968, the daughter of Kathleen M. (née Sullivan) and Marc Frederick Ayotte. Kelly Ann Ayotte is an American attorney and politician who served as a Republican United States Senator from 2011 to 2017 and Attorney General for New Hampshire from 2004 to 2009. [119], Ayotte opposed the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan, in a virtual dead heat, try to break through with voters. Johnson and Ayotte also have to deal with the overall damaging brand of Senate Republicans as they seek second terms- Mitch McConnell is a remarkably unpopular figure with a 14/58 approval spread in both Wisconsin and New Hampshire. [99] The Lugar Center at Georgetown University ranked Ayotte as the 11th most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate during the 113th Congress. [127], In November 2013, amid growing concerns over the launch of HealthCare.gov, particularly relating to delays associated with initial online signups for health coverage, Ayotte called for a "time-out" on the Affordable Care Act 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. There’s a long time between now and 2016, when Ayotte faces voters for a second time. 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