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 the university’s second law school grad­uate to become a state gov­ernor. The first was John O. Pas­tore, L’31, who served as Rhode Island’s gov­ernor from 1945 to 1950.

A res­i­dent of Exeter, Hassan earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown Uni­ver­sity. She and her hus­band Tom, the prin­cipal of Phillips Exeter Academy, have a son Ben, 24, and daughter Meg, 19. Hassan entered public ser­vice in 1999, serving as an advo­cate on the Advi­sory Com­mittee to the Ade­quacy in Edu­ca­tion and Finance Com­mis­sion, and was elected to the New Hamp­shire Senate in 2004, serving for six years. She worked to pass uni­versal kinder­garten in the state and, according to the Con­cord Mon­itor, played a key role in New Hampshire’s legal­iza­tion of mar­riage equality.

Hassan said her co-​​op expe­ri­ence through North­eastern — in fields including crim­inal jus­tice, gov­ern­ment and a large pri­vate law firm — made her more aware of the ways the legal system can be lever­aged to improve the lives of many dis­ad­van­taged people.

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.”