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Senator Kelly Ayotte
Kelly Ayotte is a New Hampshire native who has devoted her life to public service.
A prosecutor at heart, Ayotte was the first woman to serve as the state’s Attorney General. Appointed to that position in 2004 by a Republican governor, she was twice reappointed by a Democrat. In her first bid for public office, she was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 with 60 percent of the vote.
Not long after her swearing-in, the Senator was assigned to Armed Services, Commerce, Small Business and Aging Committees.
As Attorney General, Ayotte worked with law enforcement officials statewide to protect our cities, towns and neighborhoods – helping New Hampshire to be recognized as the safest state in the nation. She fought to pass tough new laws cracking down on sexual and Internet predators. And strongly committed to honesty in government, she held public officials accountable – regardless of their position or political affiliation.
For successfully prosecuting the first capital murder cases in the state in over 60 years, the Union Leader newspaper named Ayotte “Citizen of the Year” in 2008. She also has been recognized by Business New Hampshire Magazine as one of the ten most powerful leaders in New Hampshire, and New Hampshire Magazine listed her as one of the state's remarkable women.
Before Ayotte’s five years as Attorney General, she previously served as the Deputy Attorney General and the Chief of the Homicide Unit. Among her achievements as the state’s top murder prosecutor, she secured convictions for two defendants who had been charged with brutally killing two Dartmouth College professors.
Born in Nashua, Ayotte attended public schools there. She graduated with honors in 1990 from Pennsylvania State University and earned a Juris Doctor in 1993 from the Villanova University School of Law. After completing her legal education, Ayotte returned to New Hampshire and served for one year as a law clerk to state Supreme Court Associate Justice Sherman Horton (now retired).
She is married to Joe Daley, a Nashua native who flew combat missions during the Iraq war and currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard. Together, they launched a landscaping and snow removal company, which provides the Senator with a firsthand understanding of how decisions made in Washington impact small businesses.
Kelly and Joe live in Nashua with their two children.