The next governor of New Hampshire is Maggie Hassan. Hassan is a 1985 graduate of the Northeastern School of Law. In an interview with news@Northeastern, Hassan said that her education and co-ops while in school will help her lead the state.
“My time at Northeastern was remarkable in a lot of different ways,” Hassan said. “More than anything, what I learned in law school was that everybody counts, and one of the things that lawyers at their best do is make sure different people’s voices are heard. That’s been an important thing I have carried with me since law school, and I know many of my classmates have too.”
Hassan is the former Majority Leader of the state’s senate and is a Democrat. She defeated Republican Ovide Lamontagne by acquiring 54.6 percent of the vote.
“I’m really grateful to the people of New Hampshire for the trust they’ve put in me and I’m excited to work with them to move forward,” said Hassan. She becomes the first graduate of the school to become a state governor.
Hassan earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and entered into the public service sector in 1999. Her first positions in the public sector was as an advocate for the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission. Hassan served six years after being elected to the New Hampshire Senate in 2004.
Hassan enjoyed her co-ops while at Northeastern and they included stops in government, criminal justice and large private firms.
“I was able to get experience in many of kinds of law, and I think those opportunities have served me very well,” Hassan said. “As I went through law school and gained experience through the co-op program, it gave me the foundation to move forward to my time practicing the law and created the foundation for being a state Senator.”