Senator Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire
Kelly Ayotte served her home state of New Hampshire for five years
as its first female Attorney General where she earned a reputation
as a tough on crime prosecutor. While Ayotte was serving as the
state's top law enforcement officer, New Hampshire remained one of
the safest states in the nation. The Union Leader named Ayotte
Citizen of the Year in 2008 for her successful prosecutions of the
first capital murder cases in New Hampshire in over 60 years.
As a product of New Hampshire's public schools, Kelly went on to
graduate from Pennsylvania State University (with honors) in 1990
with a B.A. in Political Science and graduated from the Villanova
University School of Law in 1993, where she served as Executive
Editor of the Environmental Law Journal. Ayotte spent one year as a
law clerk to the Honorable Sherman D. Horton, Associate Justice of
the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
Kelly's husband, Joe, an Iraq war veteran who flew combat missions
over Iraq, currently serves in the Air National Guard. On the home
front, Kelly worked side-by-side with Joe to create a landscape and
snow removal company. She understands the importance of small
businesses to the New Hampshire economy and the direct impact
fiscal decisions made in Washington can have on small businesses
and the jobs they create.
Kelly lives with her husband, five year old daughter Katherine, and
two year old son Jacob, in Nashua.