Kay R. Hagan

  • Spring 2015

For more than 14 years, Senator Kay R. Hagan has been a champion for North Carolina families, our military and veterans, quality education and sound fiscal policy. She and her husband, Chip, have lived in Greensboro for more than 30 years, where they raised their three children. After serving ten years in the North Carolina state Senate, Senator Hagan was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008 by North Carolinians seeking an active, effective leader who would bring commonsense North Carolina ideas and values to Congress.

Since taking office in January 2009, Senator Hagan has worked tirelessly for North Carolinians. She serves on four Senate committees that are integral to the needs of the state: Armed Services; Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Small Business & Entrepreneurship; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

Senator Hagan is focused on getting North Carolinians back to work and growing the economy. She understands that small businesses drive economic success in North Carolina and across the country, and has supported legislation to free up capital for businesses to hire new workers and grow. She has also introduced bipartisan legislation to train workers for the jobs that are available right now by bringing businesses together with community colleges to create a nationwide credentialing program.

Hailing from a proud military family, Senator Hagan is committed to maintaining North Carolina's status as the most military-friendly state in the nation and has made it a priority as a member of the Armed Services Committee to ensure federal policies work for our active-duty servicemembers, veterans and their families.

She has also been a champion for education throughout her career in public service. As a member of the Senate HELP Committee, she is working to include her legislation, the Financial Literacy for Students Act, into education reform. To ensure we remain competitive, Hagan is leading the fight to update technology in our public schools to meet the needs of today’s students.

Senator Hagan was born in Shelby, North Carolina. A graduate of Florida State University and Wake Forest Law School, she worked at North Carolina National Bank, a predecessor to Bank of America, for 10 years, becoming a vice president in the estates and trust division before entering public service.