In Minority Party, Hassan Says She'll Stand Up to Trump

Nov 14, 2016


Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan heads to the U.S. Senate pledging to find ground with Republicans but stand up to President-elect Donald Trump when necessary.

Hassan will be the second woman ever to serve as a state's governor and U.S. senator. The other is New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

With Republicans in charge, Hassan's priorities of campaign finance reform, protecting women's health care and maintaining the Affordable Care Act look uncertain. But she's expressing hope that issues like infrastructure improvement and helping the middle class can gain bipartisan traction.

She says her first priority will be ensuring there is federal funding to help states fight heroin and opioid abuse.

Hassan defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte by only about 1,000 votes.