New Hampshire Governor Margaret Hassan will deliver the keynote address at Northeastern University School of Law’s commencement on May 24, 2013, at 1 p.m. in Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena. A 1985 graduate of the School of Law, Hassan was sworn into office in January 2013, with a promise to bring people together to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.

“Governor Hassan’s poise, professionalism and commitment to improving the lives of all New Hampshire residents exemplify the values we hold dear here at Northeastern. We are grateful she has agreed to share her experiences with our commencement audience,” said Dean Jeremy Paul.

Governor Hassan began her career in public service in 1999 when Governor Jeanne Shaheen asked her to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission. Her experience as a business attorney, along with her role as the parent of two children, one of whom experiences severe disabilities, enabled her to provide a unique perspective as the commission did its work.

In 2004, Governor Hassan was first elected to the New Hampshire Senate, serving the people of the 23rd District, which included numerous seacoast towns. During her six years in office, she was selected by her colleagues to serve as both President Pro Tempore and Majority Leader of the State Senate.

Governor Hassan approached legislative work as an opportunity to solve problems in a collaborative, bipartisan way. Her focus was on keeping taxes low, creating jobs, balancing the budget, improving access to high quality and affordable health care, ensuring a quality education for every child, developing regional approaches to meet infrastructure needs, environmental protection and the development of a green economy. Because of her ability to get things done, in 2010 Business NH named Governor Hassan one of the state's Most Powerful People.

In the Senate, she worked closely with Governor John Lynch to balance the budget and focus on the economy and New Hampshire families. In 2008, she helped pass universal kindergarten so that every child has the same opportunity to succeed. In order to lower the state’s dropout rate, she worked to increase the legal dropout age to 18 and to establish alternative education programs.

Governor Hassan has also tackled consumer protections in health care by enabling children to remain on their parent's health insurance until the age of 26 and by passing Connor's Law requiring insurance companies to cover treatment for autism. She also worked to pass New Hampshire Working, a nationally recognized effort to help businesses and workers during the recession; sponsored the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to reduce long-term energy costs, curb pollution, and create jobs; and was instrumental in passing marriage equality in New Hampshire.

Known during her time in the state Senate for her ability to bring together colleagues to find common ground, Governor Hassan is focused on working with Democrats, Republicans and Independents to find bipartisan solutions to New Hampshire's challenges.