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Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R)  

Experience: NH Attorney General, 2004-2009
Committees: Armed Services, Commerce, Science and Transportation, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aging
Residence: Nashua
Family: Married, 2 children
Education: BA Penn. St. University, Villanova University School of Law


Position on the Issues

Economy, Budget & Taxes:

"She would also like to see taxes on capital gains and personal income rolled back. She said she is willing to work  behind the scenes to achieve those goals."
-Foster's Daily Democrat, August 19, 2010

National Security & Foreign Policy:

Ayotte "called on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to support the New Hampshire National Guard’s Deployment Cycle Support Program"

Health Care:

"voted for a key measure to move forward on a full repeal of the federal takeover of health care"

"One way Ayotte wants to cut the deficit is repeal the $900 billion health care reform bill. She noted many components don't kick in until after the presidential election in 2012."
-Foster's Daily Democrat, August 19, 2010

Energy & Environment:

"Encouraging new nuclear power plants...will create jobs and prevent the country from 'continuing to buy oil from  people who hate us,' she said."
-Foster's Daily Democrat, August 19, 2010

Social Issues:


Interest Group Ratings
  • In 2012 Planned Parenthood gave Ayotte a grade of 0.
  • In 2011 NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Ayotte a grade of 0%
  • In 2011 National Right to Life Committee gave Ayotte a grade of 100%
  • In 2011 the American Farm Bureau Federation gave Ayotte a grade of 20%
  • In 2011 the National Taxpayers Union gave Ayotte a grade of 91%
  • In 2011 the National Federation of Independent Business gave Ayotte a grade of 88%
  • In 2011 the National Small Business Association gave Ayotte a grade of 50%
  • In 2011 the National Education Association gave Ayotte a grade of F.
  • In 2011 Environment America gave Ayotte a grade of 45%
  • In 2011 the League of Conservation Voters gave Ayotte a grade of 18%
  • In 2011 Gun Owners of America gave Ayotte a grade of 75%
  • In 2010 the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund gave Ayotte a grade of A.
  • In 2011 AFL-CIO gave Ayotte a grade of 11%
  • In 2011 Vietnam Veterans of America gave Ayotte a grade of 50%



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The Live Free or Die Alliance will continue to update this official's page with new sponsored bills and final votes on pieces of legislation throughout the current legislative session.

Voting Record:

  • Voted against HR 4348: Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act - Makes changes and reforms to federal transportation spending
  • Voted for HR 3606: Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act - Encourages funding of small businesses by easing various securities regulations
  • Voted for HR 3630: Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 - Extends unenmployment benefits, payroll tax cut, TANF, job incentives for small businesses, and more.
  • Voted for HR 3078: United States-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
  • Voted for HR 3079: Panama-United States Trade Promotion Agreement
  • Voted for HR 3080: South Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement
  • Voted for HR 1249: Leahy-Smith America Invents Act - Changes US patent issuance from "first to invent" to "first inventor to file"
  • Voted against S 365: Budget Control Act of 2011 - raising the debt ceiling and enacting budget cuts
  • Voted for HR 514: Extending certain expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005
  • Voted for 2011 Budget Bills HR 1 and HR 1473

Sponsored Legislation:

  • Cosponsored S 982: Detaining Terrorists to Secure America Act of 2011






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Contact Information

DC Office:
188 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3324

NH Office:
41 Hooksett Road, Unit 2
Manchester, NH 03104
Phone: 603-622-7979

E-mail: Click here

NH U.S. Senate News

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June 11, 2013
WMUR: Ayotte signals support for immigration bill
-WMUR: Analysis: Ayotte's immigration position undercuts key political friend
NHPR: Sen. Ayotte says she'll support immigration reform bill

June 10, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Ayotte to back immigration overhaul
Union Leader: Granite Status: An anti-Sheehan ad getting attention
Union Leader: Ayotte support for immigration bill could assure filibuster-proof majority
WMUR: Republican Sen. Ayotte supports bipartisan overhaul of national immigration

June 9, 2013
Eagle-Tribune: NH campaigns heat up well ahead of election cycle

June 8, 2013
WMUR: Ad attacks Shaheen on health care
WMUR: Shaheen answers questions in Leaders Listen event

June 6, 2013
Union Leader: Granite Status: Conservative NH group airs first TV ad of '14 US Senate election, hitting Shaheen for health care vote
WMUR: Conservative group launches TV ads against Shaheen
Nashua Telegraph: Health care legislation spurs continued debate

June 5, 2013
Eagle-Tribune: Ayotte takes heat for gun control stance
Union Leader: Sens. Ayotte, Shaheen questioning military leaders over sexual assaults

June 4, 2013
Union Leader: Sen. Shaheen announces push for young women to focus on engineering
Seacoast Online: Sen. Shaheen starts STEM caucus
Nashua Telegraph: Shaheen: Getting students excited about science, technology, engineering and math early on, pays off
Seacoast Online: Congressional delegation seeks funds to replace Sarah Long Bridge

June 2, 2013
Union Leader: Granite Status: 2014 Senate run? Better get started

May 31, 2013
Union Leader: Ayotte honors veterans, their families and cadets at annual gathering

May 29, 2013
WMUR: Ayotte calls for tigher controls on spending in Afghanistan

May 28, 2013
NHPR: Sen. Ayotte to speak about 'Never Contract with the Enemy' bill at NHIOP

May 25, 2013
Seacoast Online: KC-46A tanker base pick celebrated at Pease event by Hassan, Shaheen
NHPR: Sens. Ayotte, Shaheen support U.S. District Court nominee McCafferty
Nashua Telegraph: Shaheen offers bill to boost STEM education initiatives

May 24, 2013
Eagle-Tribune: Sen. Shaheen sponsors robotics grant program
Foster's Daily Democrat: NH refueling wing gets visit from Shaheen, Hassan

May 23, 2013
Seacoast Online: Pease selected as base for new KC-46A tanker
Union Leader: Pease chosen to receive refueling tanker

May 21, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Shaheen, Ayotte address culture of sexual assault in military

May 19, 2013
Concord Monitor: Sen. Ayotte speaks to New England College graduates

May 17, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Families of Sandy Hook shooting victims come to NH, urge Kelly Ayotte to change position on gun background checks
Seacoast Online: Ayotte still a lightning rod in gun control debate
Union Leader: Advocacy group keeps spotlight on Ayotte gun vote
WMUR: Advocacy group, Newtown families criticize Ayotte

May 16, 2013
Union Leader: Sen. Shaheen under fire for 2012 letter sent to the IRS
Foster's Daily Democrat: Shaheen faces scrutiny over IRS letters 
Seacoast Online: Shaheen calls for audit of IRS

May 14, 2013
WMUR: NY Sen. Gillibrand to visit NH for Shaheen
WMUR: Poll: Independents unsure what to make of Ayotte these days

Union Leader: Not-so-Happy Mother's Day card for Sen. Ayotte over gun vote
Seacoast Online: Shaheen: Value of NH exports rising, but help is needed
NHPR: Sen. Shaheen: IRS targeting Tea Party groups 'completely unacceptable'
Nashua Telegraph: Heavy-hitter Republicans defend Kelly Ayotte’s vote against expanded gun background checks
Concord Monitor: Florida's Rubio, potential 2016 presidential candidate, airing TV ad to support Ayotte
Concord Monitor: Two new polls show Shaheen Hassan and Ayotte popular with NH voters
Concord Monitor: NEC poll shows Ayotte with +5 approval rating, Shaheen with +34 rating

May 13, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Shaheen looking strong in bid for reelection, beating Scott Brown, according to early polls
Union Leader: NH Sen. Ayotte calls for full-scale Benghazi investigation

May 12, 2013
WMUR: NEC student protests Ayotte's commencement speech

May 11, 2013
Concord Monitor: Poll: Shaheen in good shape ahead of 2014 election

May 10, 2013
Seacoast Online: Shaheen: GOP boycott of EPA vote is disappointing
WMUR: NH's Washington representative wants immigration reform
WMUR: Rubio backs up Ayotte on gun vote

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