Kay R. Hagan

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Kay R. Hagan

Kay R. Hagan was a Democratic member of the United States Senate, representing North Carolina. She was elected to her position in 2008.

Hagan is married to Chip Hagan and the two live in Greensboro, where they raised their three children there: Jeanette, Tilden, and Carrie.

Hagan was born in Shelby, North Carolina. She earned her degrees from Florida State University and Wake Forest Law School.[1]


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. She left the bank to spend more time with her children and was an active participant in her Greensboro community, becoming involved in local charities, and shuttling carpools to soccer practices.

Senator Hagan got an early start in public service when she helped her uncle, "Walkin' Lawton" Chiles, the former governor and U.S. Senator from Florida, paste bumper stickers on supporters' cars. Senator Hagan and her husband were both active in Guilford County Democratic politics, and in 1992 and 1996, Governor Jim Hunt asked her to run his gubernatorial campaign in Guilford County. In 1998, Senator Hagan ran for the North Carolina State Senate, where she served for 10 years and co-chaired the Budget Committee. She was named one of North Carolina's "Ten Most Effective Senators" three terms in a row by the non-partisan North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.[2]

Black farmers

Senator Hagan was also a leader in the successful fight for justice for African American farmers - including more than 4,000 North Carolinians - who were discriminated against when applying for financial help in the 1980s and 1990s. Along with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), she introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure these farmers receive their due settlements, and worked tirelessly with her colleagues to right this wrong for our farmers.[3]


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." Senator Hagan's father-in-law was a two-star Marine general, her father and brother both served in the Navy, and her husband, Chip, a Navy Vietnam veteran, attended Wake Forest Law School with help from the G.I. Bill. Senator Hagan has two nephews who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Senator Hagan has regularly visited North Carolina military bases and has traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait to meet with North Carolina troops on the ground and to Pakistan to meet with military personnel.

As the Chair of the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats Subcommittee, Senator Hagan has made it a priority to ensure federal policies work for our active-duty military, veterans and their families. Legislation she cosponsored ensures partisan budget battles will never again interfere with funding for veterans' health care. In addition, she backed a law to give necessary support to family caregivers of veterans. Along with her North Carolina colleague Senator Richard Burr, Senator Hagan is fighting to get the families who were affected by water contamination at Camp Lejeune the answers they deserve. [4]

2014 endorsement by CLW


In 2014 Kay Hagan was endorsed for the US Senate, by Council for a Livable World.

With Democrats’ hold on the Senate increasingly in danger, Council for a Livable World has made an endorsement in one of the most crucial races of this cycle. Kay Hagan (D-NC) is defending her Senate seat in an extremely close race in an extremely closely divided state. A first-term Senator, Hagan serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and has a strong record on national security issues. She has earned a 92% on the Council for a Livable World voting scorecard...
The battle for North Carolina is a key one, and will have implications far beyond that state. Council for a Livable World believes it is important to do all we can to defend Kay Hagan against Thom Tillis and his dangerous views.[5]

Durham People’s Alliance


The Durham People’s Alliance, a liberal political-action group, has announced its endorsements for the Nov. 4 election, but took no stand on a proposed amendment to the state constitution. Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan was endorsed by the group, as were Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-1st) and David Price (D-4th).[6]

ARA PAF endorsement, 2014

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Kay R. Hagan in 2014.[7]


  • Senate Armed Services Committee
  • Subcommittee on Airland
  • Subcommittee on Personnel
  • Subcommittee on SeaPower
  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee[8]


Planned Parenthood

Hagan received $5000 in lobbying funds from Planned Parenthood in 2008.

EMILY's List

Hagan has been supported by EMILY's List during her campaigning.

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