Kay Hagan knows you can’t make a difference standing on the sidelines. When North Carolinians need one of their own to advocate for them, they turn to Kay because of her common sense, independent, results-oriented record. She’s never been afraid to work hard to bridge partisan divides, and she always puts people before politics.
Kay has three grown children and has lived in Greensboro with her husband, Chip, for more than 30 years. When she’s not crisscrossing the state of North Carolina for work, Kay enjoys taking their dog Elli for a walk, working in her garden, and gathering her whole extended family whenever possible. She is also an active member at the Hagan’s church in Greensboro.
After ten years in the North Carolina State Senate, a career at NCNB (then North Carolina’s largest bank), and many years serving her local Greensboro community, Kay understands that it takes determination and action to get things done.
Kay’s commitment to accountability has driven her efforts since day one. She goes home to North Carolina every weekend and has held open town hall meetings in every single one of North Carolina’s one hundred counties. She has made good on her promise to bring North Carolina values to Washington by getting input from North Carolinians at hundreds of issue-based roundtables, forums, site visits and listening tours. She has given our state a voice.
The concerns and ideas she hears at home are reflected in Kay’s legislative priorities, which are focused on restoring a strong economy and fiscal responsibility. Kay has fought for legislation to increase lending for small businesses, close the skills gap, reduce the cost of college, ensure equal pay for women, and get our federal deficit under control. She was a leader in passing legislation to create incentives for small business to hire unemployed veterans and has led a group of moderate senators in advocating for common sense education reforms that will improve the quality of our schools.
As a member of a proud military family, Kay’s work on the Senate Armed Services Committee for North Carolina’s military installations, veterans, service members and their families is about more than just good policy, it’s personal. North Carolina’s service members know they have an advocate in Kay. During her first term, her office has resolved more than 2,000 cases for North Carolina’s veterans, and when a crucial military spouse education program was abruptly shut down, Kay got answers and results for military families by getting the education benefits restored.
North Carolina is a dynamic state that deserves an equally dynamic and energetic senator. Kay has never lost sight of the shared North Carolina values, and she wakes up every single day ready to work on common sense solutions to the issues that matter most to North Carolinians.