Margaret "Maggie" Hassan (née Wood; born February 27, 1958) is an American Democratic Party politician who is the current and 81st Governor of New Hampshire. Hassan was elected governor in 2012 and was sworn into office on January 3, 2013. She won re-election on November 4, 2014. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Hassan is a graduate of Brown University and also earned her J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law. After graduating from law school in 1985 and passing the bar, Hassan began her career in private practice. She later became an associate counsel at Brigham and Women's Hospital and reentered private practice in New Hampshire. After losing an initial run for the New Hampshire State Senate in 2002, Hassan was elected to the New Hampshire Senate in 2004. She was elected to a total of three two-year terms, representing the New Hampshire's 23rd district from January 2005 to December 2010. Hassan became the Majority Leader in the State Senate in 2008 before losing reelection in 2010. After incumbent Governor John Lynch announced he would not be running for reelection, Hassan declared her candidacy for governor in October 2011. Hassan defeated former state senator Jacalyn Cilley in the Democratic primary and faced attorney and Republican nominee Ovide M. Lamontagne in the general election, where she won with 55% of the vote, becoming the second woman to be elected to the office, after fellow Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Since becoming governor, Hassan was elected vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association in December 2013.