Maggie Hassan Elected 81st Governor of the State of NH

MANCHESTER – Tonight, Maggie Hassan was elected New Hampshire’s 81st governor, making Hassan the second woman ever elected Governor of the State of New Hampshire.  Following her victory, Governor-elect Hassan addressed supporters at the Puritan Backroom Conference Center in Manchester.  Her remarks, as prepared for delivery, are as follows:

Thank you, thank you to all of you for your hard work and support throughout this campaign.

Most of all, thank you to the people of New Hampshire for the trust you have placed in me. I will not let you down. I will work as hard as I can every day to serve you and to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire, where our businesses can grow, flourish and create good jobs for our people.

Let me take a moment to thank my family for all their support: My husband, Tom, and our children Ben and Meg. My mom, Peg. My brother Frank and my sister, Franny. Our honorary family members – Liz and Joyce.

Without all of you, this campaign would not have been possible. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything.

I want to thank Ovide Lamontagne for his commitment to public service and for his campaign. A few moments ago, he offered his assistance in the coming months, and I look forward to working with him for a common purpose.

New Hampshire faces great challenges in the coming years to ensure we are building a strong and vibrant economic future. From early results, it appears that the New Hampshire legislature will be nearly evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. We should see this not as an obstacle, but as an opportunity to move beyond the partisan divide.

Throughout this campaign, I have been strengthened and inspired by the hard work and creativity that Granite Staters use to solve problems.

Whether it is building a community playground, bringing cost-saving renewable energy to schools or plowing our way out of snowstorm – we work together to get things done.

And we do it regardless of political affiliation. That is the example we need to keep in mind.

The challenges our state faces must be met with the best solutions and ideas we can muster – and good ideas and good people reside on both sides of the aisle.

In the coming weeks, I will be reaching out to legislators and people across New Hampshire – Democrats, Independents and Republicans – to ask for their help and advice. The campaign season is now behind us. It is time to focus on finding the common ground and compromise that will result in progress for our citizens.

As Governor, I will always be willing to work with people who have ideas to offer and are ready to roll up their sleeves.

That is how we will build a New Hampshire that will lead the nation, and compete with the world. Together, we will help our businesses grow, and build a stronger economy on a vision of innovation and growth.

We will build a New Hampshire that nurtures innovation and entrepreneurs. Where businesses can – and want to – grow. Where young people will stay and work, and create their own new companies.

A New Hampshire where every child goes to a good school; where all families can afford college; and where all of our workers can get the training they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Together, we will build a smarter, transparent state government on a foundation of fiscal responsibility and common sense. We will meet our responsibilities, and we will do so without an income or sales tax.

And we will continue to ensure that all of our citizens share in the liberties and rights our state holds so dear.

Through our work together, we will build a New Hampshire that is growing.

A New Hampshire that is more competitive and economically dynamic.

A New Hampshire that will ensure that all of our citizens can succeed.

A New Hampshire that incorporates and honors the talents of all of our people.

I just want to take a moment to thank some of the many people who have helped in this effort.

Let me start with my campaign co-chairs, Bill Shaheen, Kathy Sullivan, Jackie Cilley and Sean O’Kane. Our finance chair, Alan Reische. And my fiscal agent, and dear friend, Karen Prior.

I want to thank Governor John Lynch and Senator Jeanne Shaheen for their leadership, their friendship and their support.

This campaign brought people together from across New Hampshire.

Parents and teachers who care about our schools and the education of our children. .

Firefighters and police officers, and the people they serve, who want to keep our state the safest in the nation.

Women, and the men, who care about access to health care for everyone. Construction workers, business owners and public employees who want to build stronger communities and a stronger future.

I want to thank my wonderful campaign staff and the remarkable volunteers they mobilized.  A special thanks to my great campaign manager, and friend, Matt Burgess. And another special thanks to my talented friend and adviser, Pam Walsh.

Over the past year, I’ve met so many wonderful people across New Hampshire.

Some of the men and women building the new renewable energy plant in Berlin, who want to continue to build a new economic future for the North Country. Business owners who want to do right by their workers, but are worried about rising workers’ compensation costs.

Parents who are afraid they won’t be able to afford to send their children to college.

Know that I will take what I heard from you, what I learned from you with me into the Governor’s Office.

And I’m going to work every day to keep listening, and to make a difference in that way.  Together, we will build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.

Now, we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us to make progress for our state. It will take all of us coming together. All of our ideas.  All of our energy.

But that’s always been the New Hampshire way. Together, we will move forward. Thank you New Hampshire, now let’s get to work.

Thank you.