Growing up in Nashua, Kelly learned the only way to achieve success is by working hard. Kelly’s first job was bussing tables during the summer at Mame’s Restaurant in Meredith. She worked her way through college and law school, eventually earning her law degree. To this day, Kelly resides in her hometown with her husband, Joe, and their two children, Kate and Jake.
Kelly comes from a military family and deeply appreciates the sacrifices made by New Hampshire’s many veterans, service members, and their loved ones. Her husband, Joe, was an A-10 Warthog pilot who retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel. Kelly and Joe got married right before September 11, 2001, and after they returned from their honeymoon, Joe deployed to the Middle East to defend our nation. Their daughter, Kate, is a Cadet at the United States Air Force Academy.
In 2004, Kelly made history when she was appointed New Hampshire’s first female Attorney General. As New Hampshire’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer, Kelly worked each and every day to protect the freedom, rights, and safety of Granite Staters, and she stood shoulder to shoulder with New Hampshire’s law enforcement officers. In 2006, Kelly successfully prosecuted the horrific murder case of Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs, resulting in a conviction and death penalty sentence for his killer. Prior to serving as attorney general, Kelly was a murder prosecutor, and brought many criminals and killers to justice.
From 2010 to 2016, Kelly served in the United States Senate. As a Senator, Kelly fiercely defended our Constitution and fought back against the overreach of the Obama/Biden Administration. Kelly was a steadfast advocate for securing our southern border, reining in Washington’s wasteful spending, strengthening our U.S. Military, and protecting New Hampshire from criminals and drugs. Kelly also served as the “Sherpa” for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, nominated by President Donald Trump, aiding efforts to secure his confirmation by the United States Senate.
Kelly has spent the past several years raising her family in Nashua, while working with companies in New Hampshire and across the country, including serving on the boards of BAE Systems Inc., New Hampshire’s largest manufacturing employer, and Cirtronics, an employee-owned manufacturing company in Milford. Kelly helps several local non-profit veterans organizations, including Swim with a Mission and Veterans Count, and also serves on the school board of Saint Christopher Academy in Nashua.