If NH Gov. John Sununu had gotten his way, redistricting would have made NH-01 more red and NH-02 more blue. But the mapping process went to the state Supreme Court, which left the district lines relatively intact. Today, Kuster’s district, NH-02, is D+2 and rated Lean Dem.
When Annie Kuster was first elected to Congress in 2012, she pledged to bring a new approach to Washington. Annie’s top priority remains looking out for the best interests of Granite Staters, and she believes members of Congress must reach across party lines to end the gridlock and dysfunction in Washington.
Rep. Kuster is running against Bob Burns (not the poet), whose only election thus far has been as a delegate – Trump, of course – to the 2016 Republican convention. He’s against sensible gun legislation and is virulently anti-abortion, saying he’d support a so-called “fetal heartbeat law” in Congress.
Kuster was born and raised in Concord, NH. Her parents were community leaders who taught her the importance of public service through example. Annie’s mother, Susan McLane, served in the New Hampshire State Senate and was a fierce advocate for equal rights and a true pioneer for women. Her father, Malcolm McLane, served as mayor of Concord, was on the state’s Executive Council, and ran for governor as an Independent in 1972.
Rep. Kuster received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1978 and was a member of the third class of women to graduate from the college. She received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984, and then went on to work as an adoption attorney for 25 years.
A strong advocate for her community, Kuster has served on the boards of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, New Hampshire Public Radio, the Capitol Center for the Arts, and Child and Family Services of New Hampshire.
ON THE ISSUES
Rep. Kuster has staunchly defended a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions and is an unwavering leader in New Hampshire and Washington to protect abortion access and keep the government out of personal reproductive decisions. In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, she helped introduce and pass legislation to enshrine the right to an abortion as well as protect access to contraception and prohibit states from limiting a woman’s right to travel to receive abortion care. She is to keep politicians out of doctors’ offices and ensure every Granite Stater can access the reproductive care they need.
Protecting the environment is high on Kuster’s list of priorities. She has supported legislation to combat climate change and reduce carbon pollution. In January 2020, Annie introduced her “Clean Energy Agenda” which includes bipartisan legislation to create a clean energy future of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean transportation in NH.
Kuster (NH-02) voted legislation that authorizes and establishes procedures for federal courts to issue extreme risk protection orders, often referred to as ‘Red Flag’ laws. This key bill would allow family members and law enforcement officers to petition a federal court for an extreme risk protection order – if the court deems an individual a danger to themself or others, that person would temporarily be prevented from legally accessing firearms.