Sen. Maggie Hassan will deliver the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s commencement address on Saturday, May 20.
Hassan, who is the second woman in American history to be elected as both governor and senator, will also receive an honorary degree from the school.
Hassan served two terms as governor of New Hampshire beginning in 2013, becoming the 81st person to hold the office. As governor, she helped ensure New Hampshire’s position as one of the nation’s most livable states: Its unemployment rate was among the lowest in the country while she was in office. She also worked actively to advance public education and health care coverage and combat the heroin, fentanyl and opioid crisis.
Hassan was elected to the United States Senate in 2016, where her committee assignments include homeland security and governmental affairs; health, education, labor and pensions; commerce, science, and transportation; and the joint economic committee.
Hassan first earned election to New Hampshire's senate in 2004, representing the Seacoast area’s 23rd district, and served as both president pro tempore and majority leader of the state senate during her three terms in office.
Hassan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and a Juris Doctor from the Northeastern School of Law.