Penn State Grad Kelly Ayotte is Now United States Senator Kelly Ayotte

November 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Among the Republicans surging into office during Tuesday’s midterm election was Kelly Ayotte ’90, a former New Hampshire attorney general who was elected to the U.S. Senate from the Granite State. Ayotte, a social and economic conservative who won an endorsement from Sarah Palin, finished with more than 60 percent of the vote.

Dan Onorato ’83 wasn’t so fortunate. The Allegheny County chief executive and Democratic gubernatorial nominee lost to Republican Tom Corbett in the race to replace Ed Rendell as Pennsylvania governor. The statewide tally showed Corbett winning 55%-45%.

It wasn’t a great year for incumbents, but a trio of Penn Staters managed to hold onto their jobs in Congress: Veteran Democratic representative Mike Doyle ’75 held his seat in Pennsylvania’s 14th District, Republican Charlie Dent ’82 retained his job representing Pennsylvania’s 15th District, and long-time Republican representative Frank Wolf ’61 was re-elected by a landslide in Virginia’s 10th District.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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