Senator Ayotte Committee Assignments 1

Kelly Ayotte, who represented New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate from 2011 to 2016 and was the first woman to serve as the state’s attorney general, is the 2018 Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy.

Named for longtime New Hampshire U.S. Congressman Perkins Bass, Class of 1934, the distinguished visitors program invites New Hampshire citizens who have made outstanding contributions in government to share their experiences with the Dartmouth community.

“I am honored to be coming to Dartmouth as a Perkins Bass visitor and to have the opportunity to engage with students about the importance of public service and civic dialogue,” Ayotte says.

Andrew Samwick, the Sandra L. and Arthur L. Irving '72a P'10 Professor of Economics and director of the Rockefeller Center, says it is a privilege to welcome Ayotte to campus.

“She has always been generous with her time in talking with students. The Perkins Bass visitorship will offer students an even greater opportunity to engage with this experienced policymaker. As a recognized expert on foreign policy, private sector revitalization, and tax reform, Sen. Ayotte will be able to provide students a real-life glimpse into work that spans both the private and public sector.”

A Republican, Ayotte was reappointed twice as New Hampshire attorney general by then-Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat. In the Senate, Ayotte served on the budget, homeland security and governmental affairs, and small business and entrepreneurship committees, and she chaired the armed services subcommittee on readiness. As a lawmaker, Ayotte was part of a circle of Republican senators led by Lindsey Graham and John McCain. After completing one term in the Senate, Ayotte served as a good-will guide to President Donald Trump’s then supreme court nominee Neil Gorsuch as he made courtesy calls on senators.

“As our country becomes more divided along party lines, it is important to have forums where people of different viewpoints can come together and discuss their ideas on the merits in an atmosphere of mutual respect,” Ayotte says. “I look forward to discussing important public policy issues with the students at Dartmouth, sharing my experiences, and learning from them.”

Lynch, who came to Dartmouth as the inaugural Perkins Bass Fellow in 2013 after four terms as New Hampshire’s governor, applauded this year’s choice.

“Kelly Ayotte has devoted a great deal of her life to public service, having served as New Hampshire attorney general and U.S. senator from New Hampshire.  She has served the people of New Hampshire well, and we all appreciate so much all that she has done,” says Lynch, a senior fellow at the Center for Business, Government, and Society at the Tuck School of Business.

Lynch says a benefit of the Perkins Bass endowment “is that it gives students the opportunity to engage with distinguished visitors both in and out of the classroom. Students get the chance to discuss and debate issues which are important to our state and our country, and indeed, the world.”

Ayotte’s Perkins Bass schedule will begin Feb. 19 with a visit to Rockefeller Center Associate Director Ronald Shaiko’s class “Introduction to Public Policy,” followed by a student lunch. Ayotte will also participate in class visits and other events during the spring term, and will deliver a public lecture as the Rockefeller Center’s Constitution Day speaker on Sept. 17.

As Dartmouth’s fifth Perkins Bass visitor, Ayotte follows Lynch; former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick; former Speaker of the New Hampshire House Terie Norelli; and former CEO and President of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Lewis Feldstein.

The Perkins Bass Visitorship Program is supported by the Perkins Bass 1934 Fund, which was established in April 2012. The fund also supports internships for Dartmouth students working in public affairs in New Hampshire.


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Ayotte.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ayotte is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2016 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Ayotte sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Ayotte was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Ayotte sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (22%)Armed Forces and National Security (18%)Health (16%)International Affairs (10%)Economics and Public Finance (10%)Transportation and Public Works (9%)Labor and Employment (7%)Science, Technology, Communications (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Ayotte’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Ayotte’s VoteVote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea On the Nomination PN4: Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General
Apr 23, 2015. Nomination Confirmed 56/43.
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Yea On the Nomination PN192: Regina McCarthy, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Jul 18, 2013. Nomination Confirmed 59/40.
Yea On the Nomination PN5: Patty Shwartz, of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit
Apr 9, 2013. Nomination Confirmed 64/34.
Yea On the Resolution of Ratification Treaty Doc. 112-7
Dec 4, 2012. Resolution of Ratification Rejected 61/38.
Yea S. 1925 (112th): Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012
Apr 26, 2012. Bill Passed 68/31.
Yea H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
Yea H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 17, 2011. Joint Resolution Passed 87/13.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Dec 2016, Ayotte missed 21 of 1,645 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is on par with the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2011 Jan-Mar4612.2%57th
2011 Apr-Jun5811.7%30th
2011 Jul-Sep4900.0%0th
2011 Oct-Dec8211.2%42nd
2012 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2012 Apr-Jun10900.0%0th
2012 Jul-Sep2813.6%59th
2012 Nov-Dec5000.0%0th
2013 Jan-Jan100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar9200.0%0th
2013 Apr-Jun7611.3%34th
2013 Jul-Sep4300.0%0th
2013 Oct-Dec8022.5%62nd
2014 Jan-Mar9300.0%0th
2014 Apr-Jun12375.7%68th
2014 Jul-Sep5400.0%0th
2014 Nov-Dec9600.0%0th
2015 Jan-Mar13500.0%0th
2015 Apr-Jun8511.2%43rd
2015 Jul-Sep5200.0%0th
2015 Oct-Dec6711.5%44th
2016 Jan-Mar3800.0%0th
2016 Apr-Jun7911.3%42nd
2016 Jul-Sep34411.8%79th
2016 Nov-Dec1200.0%0th

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