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NEW: Four US Governors Will Be From Brown University in 2013

Thursday, November 08, 2012


Maggie Hassan, Brown '80, is one of four alums who will be in their states' top spot as US governors. On Tuesday, Hassan was elected Governor of the state of New Hampshire. Photo: Maggie Hassan.

When the state governments begin their business in January, four of the 50 governors’ offices are going to be held by Brown University alumni.

Tuesday night, Democrat Maggie Hassan was elected governor of New Hampshire, and Democrat Jack Markell was reelected governor of Delaware. Both Hassan ‘80 and Markell ‘82 are Brown alums and join Independent Lincoln Chafee ‘75, of Rhode Island and Republican Bobby Jindal ‘92 of Louisiana as the quartet of U.S. governors from Rhode Island's own Ivy League university.

Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire

Democrat Maggie Hassan ‘80 beat her opponent, Manchester conservative Ovide Lamontagne, with a clear victory in New Hampshire. A former senate majority leader, mother of two, wife, and attorney, and Brown Undergraduate alum, Hassan takes over the role of retiring John Lynch who had governed since 2005. Fighting for education and job creation, Hassan has promised to increase funding to the university system in New Hampshire. “For our families and our state to thrive in the future we must come together to make New Hampshire an innovative job-creating state with the best economy and best workforce in the nation,” Hassan said.

Jack Markell, Delaware

In Delaware, Jack Markell ‘82 won reelection with over 70 percent of the vote. With a record of a balanced budget, energy reduction, and education reform, he stole the show Tuesday night and begins his second term as the state’s first Jewish governor. Markell is the chair of the National Governors Association, a previous businessman, and held the position of Delaware state treasurer for three terms. “Tonight we celebrate, but tomorrow we get to work,” Markell said in his acceptance speech.

Bobby Jindal + Linc Chafee, Louisiana + Rhode Island

Louisiana Republican, Bobby Jindal  ‘92 and RI Independent, Lincoln Chafee ‘75 both continue serving in their states.

Elected to his second term as governor in 2011, Bobby Jindal, the son of Indian immigrants, a student in the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) Undergrad program while at Brown, and a Rhodes Scholar. Jindal is a published author and possible future presidential candidate.

Independent, Lincoln Chafee, a RI native, a Republican U.S. Senator, and Classics undergraduate concentrator at Brown, Lincoln has served as governor since January 2011 and helped endorse President Obama’s campaign this election season.



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