Maggie Hassan ’85 Elected Governor of New Hampshire, Other Graduates Take State Senate Seats
11.07.12 — Maggie Hassan, a 1985 graduate of the School of Law, will be New Hampshire’s next governor. She said her Northeastern education, including her co-op experiences, will serve her well in leading the Granite State.
“My time at Northeastern was remarkable in a lot of different ways,” Hassan said in an interview Wednesday evening. “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.”
Governor- elect Hassan, a 54-year-old Democrat, is New Hampshire’s former Senate Majority Leader. At the end of an often-contentious campaign, Hassan reached across the aisle in her victory speech Tuesday night, pledging to work with both parties. She defeated Republican Ovide Lamontagne, winning the support of 54.6 percent of New Hampshire voters.
“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, who ran on a plan to develop a more robust and innovative economy and ensure the state has the strongest workforce in the nation.
Hassan is Northeastern’s second law school graduate to become a state governor; the first, John Pastore '31, served as governor of Rhode Island from 1945 to 1950 and as a US State Senator from 1950 to 1976.
In the race for the 3rd Middlesex (Massachusetts) State Senate seat, Mike Barrett ’77 triumphed and will represent Bedford, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Lincoln, Waltham, Weston and parts of Lexington and Sudbury. Barrett is no political newcomer: after three terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and four terms in the State Senate in the 1980s and 1990s, he ran for governor of Massachusetts in the 1994 democratic primary.
In Rhode Island, Frank Lombardi ’88, who heads his own practice and is vice chairman of the Cranston School Committee, won a hotly contested race for the District 26 State Senate seat. Lombardi has received many awards for his commitment to community service, including the Pro Bono Publico Award for Equal Justice from the Rhode Island Bar Association for his work with indigent clients.
Also, in Massachusetts, Karen Spilka ’80, who has represented the 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk districts since 2004, was re-elected in an uncontested race.
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