State Representative

State Representative

Hollis, New Hampshire

    

Endorsements

NEA NH Endorsement
  • NEA-NH is recommending Kat McGhee in Hillsborough District 27, which includes Hollis.
  • End Citizen’s United and Let America Vote endorses anti-corruption candidate, Kat McGhee. “If we want to win the fight against corruption and protect the fundamental right to vote, we must elect reformers at the state level,” said ECU and LAV President Tiffany Muller. “These 30 reformers are running people-powered campaigns, putting constituents ahead of corporate special interests. They will stand up to Big Money by passing comprehensive anti-corruption, voting rights, and fair maps legislation in their state legislatures.”
End Citizens United - Let America Vote

The Politics of NH Energy — Net Metering 

New Hampshire House Science, Technology and Energy Committee members, Rep. Kat McGhee and Rep. Ken Wells, discuss Net Metering, the New England Ratepayers Association & the need for an agency dedicated to setting NH's energy strategy with host, Rick Maynard.

ABOUT KAT

Personal Story

My dad served in the navy for 20 years (1944-1964) and he met my mom on a tour of London, where she worked as a supervisor in an aircraft factory during WWII. I have 2 older brothers and from an early age I loved learning in the public school system. Education was my ladder of opportunity to a meaningful career and lifelong learning has led me to personal and professional success.

A self starter, I paid my own way to London on money I earned from jobs I worked during High School. I attended Birkbeck College in England and returned to attend classes at community college and UMass Boston on my way to a Masters degree from Cambridge College. I followed the working class way to a better life, hard work, perseverance and one foot in front of the other!

I married young and my first marriage did not work out. But, I gained the greatest gift of my life, my daughter Megan and the invaluable lesson of independence as a successful single mom. I came to understand that many of our most important lessons are the ones we would not choose. I also learned that it is not being knocked down that defines you, but how you pick yourself up. I never looked back and I am forward-looking to this day.

I married my husband John, a retired air-force officer with a PhD in nuclear engineering, just as he was working to get a small start-up off the ground. He made a success of his business since we met in 2000 and today, we are empty nesters with a family consisting of 4 grown children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild!

 
 

Experience

Professional Career

I began managing enterprise-wide projects at John Hancock Financial Services during my 20 +year career as a technology training professional in the Technical Education Center (TEC). As a dedicated consultant to the Chief Information Office of the company, I managed IT organizational development and workforce learning through a competency management program that I led for TEC. I left Hancock when we moved to Hollis, NH in 2005.

  • Lead the development of John Hancock's Learning Management platform 'EdSite' integrating our competency management model
  • Lead the Skills Based Management program for the IT Workforce
  • President, ADAPT 2000-2002 (Association for Development, Advancement & Productivity through Technology Training)
  • Chair, Information Technology Training Conference, Newport, RI 2002-2004
  • Project Management Professional Designation 2004 - present
  • Program Manager for several international teams at one of the premiere e-learning companies in the world, SkillSoft.

My Hollis History

We moved to Hollis in 2005 for the schools while our youngest was still at home. Although I was working full-time at SkillSoft in Nashua as a Software Program Manager, I volunteered to serve on the Hollis Old Home Days Committee in 2007 when they put out the word that they needed new members. I got to use my project management skills and to meet some great members of the Hollis community. That started a string of volunteer roles for me in town.

  • Chair of Hollis Pipeline Taskforce
  • Member of the NH Pipeline Awareness group
  • Hollis Member, Nashua Regional Planning Commission, Energy Facility Advisory Board
  • Hollis Zoning Board, alternate (current)
  • Chair, Hollis Democratic Town Committee
  • Old Home Days 2007-2012
  • Strawberry Festival Outside Worker Chair, Ways & Means Chair
  • Hollis Woman's Club member (current)

New Hampshire State Representative

  • Member of Science, Technology & Energy Committee, 2018-2020
  • Worked with subcommittees and committees of conference in my first term to facilitate bills on energy, clean water/PFAS help for towns, and raising the net metering cap to aid the NH municipal energy economy.
  • Passed SB284 in the House by collaborating with utilities, the consumer advocate, and other energy stakeholders to define a multi-use, statewide, online, energy platform that will enable electric restructuring, roll up various forms of electric data, and support energy efficiency and grid modernization in New Hampshire.
  • Currently working with a large group of stakeholders at the Public Utilities Commission as an intervenor on the implementation of the statewide energy platform, to ensure it meets its full potential.
  • A House Member of the Emissions' Commission - This group is tasked to develop a science-based set of goals for state emissions' reduction targets for 2030, 2040, and 2050.

Taking the knowledge gained during my time leading a community response to the NED Pipeline Project and my experience at the Nashua Regional Planning Commission to ensure there is a voice at the table for future-facing energy decisions. The goal has got to be multi-faceted (think of me as your 'walk and chew gum' Representative).

It is not enough to say we have only one goal when it comes to energy decisions. It is not a choice between clean solutions, low prices, or reliability. We need all of these for the people of New Hampshire, so it really matters who is working for you in Concord at this critical time. That is the lane I have worked for and I hope you will trust me to return to my job with the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee.

Personal Info

  •   (617)791-3166
  •   Hollis, NH 03049

My Promise

Who we choose to represent us makes a big difference in what we get out of our government. Whether you are Republican, Democrat or Independent, good decisions about our budgets and our investments can improve your life or hamper your future.

"Privatizing the Public Good" is a choice that reflects a priority of  greed and immediate payback. It pays no mind to the long term stability or progress of our towns and state. Greed as a priority does not serve working families. If a system isn't working, the question becomes whether breaking it completely is an appropriate answer. For me, the answer is a resounding NO. As the world gets more complex, easy answers and old thinking will increasingly miss the mark.

When Government is 'of, by and for the people', it is responsible, practical and forward-facing. So let's start there. You have my promise that I will follow these simple, tried and true principles as your representative. Responsible (with your money), Practical (working across the aisle), Forward-facing (tending to the long-term, so you don't have to worry about it).

We need to fight back together on behalf of democracy, our greatest American asset. We can make a stand right here in New Hampshire. It's not about left and right, it never has been. The best legislatures work together to create solutions.

To save the best of our system we must elect people with the vision to bring greater opportunity and prosperity to New Hampshire and it's people. We can only fix what ails us, one representative at a time.

I am stepping up to be part of the solution, let me be your voice in Concord.

CONTACT KAT

Are you interested in volunteering to help Kat in her campaign?
If so, please contact the campaign and let Kat know!

ISSUES & PRIORITIES

Government is Us

Government is having a hard time these days. Our lack of trust in government has eroded our faith in institutions and more importantly, our faith in each other. To recover, we need to remember that government isn’t the enemy; government is us. Big-money, nasty-media, undoing of long-standing rules and stirring political divisions are all part of […]

New Hampshire’s Future

Reset the State House Clock Forward  John and I have 4 grown children between us and 9 grandchildren ranging from infant to college-age. My husband served as a US air force captain flying on F111’s, and his two eldest children served as Air Force officers, as well. I was a Navy brat, five years old […]

Democracy in New Hampshire

Fight to Revive Our Democracy Long established checks and balances have come under unprecedented attack in recent years. I believe we need to elect people who understand how to revive our democracy and who are not beholden to outside groups. Getting the money out of our elections is a good start. But we must also […]

Money in Politics

Stop ‘Pay to Play’ politics Probably the biggest driver of ineffective laws is the effect of money on our legislatures. In recent years, even New Hampshire’s legislature has been infiltrated by outside groups writing their own bills and taking us further from a New Hampshire agenda. Groups like American’s For Prosperity are spending large amounts […]

Families

Enact Family Friendy Policies I’m in favor of solving the actual problems in our state. One of them is our aging population and our inability to attract younger families to locate here and assume the jobs of the future. That is why we need to make workers and families a higher priority. Out-of-state bills like […]

Healthcare

Strengthen the Healthcare System   New Hampshire has come a long way on healthcare since the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2010. Our legislature worked in a bi-partisan way to figure out a plan that would help insure an additional 50,000 New Hampshirites. Although the law is still in place, the recent federal […]

Clean Energy

Gaining the Benefits of Clean Energy  Clean energy moves us into a new economy and helps us with lowered emission goals. Our fossil-fuel dependence will cost us far more than any investments in clean technologies today – because it is very  hard to budget for increasing weather disasters. I support clean energy being used for […]

Future-Focused Economy

Build a Future-Focused Economy Forward-facing programs like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI nets NH income and helps us achieve energy efficiency goals) are win-win. If we pull out of RGGI we are required to continue paying but we no longer receive any benefit. The agreement was designed to prevent chaotic decision-making. Yet NH Republicans […]

Fiscal Management

Reclaim the Mantle of Fiscal Management  To manage money well, you first have to identify goals and priorities. The Republican majority in Concord (and in Washington) use ‘the red queen effect’ to stay in power. They make everyone run as fast as they can, just to stay in place. By threatening working programs and eliminating […]

Public Education

Properly Fund Public Education  In the current session, a dangerous bill to divert funds from public education (HB193) is being pushed hard by DeVos-style, anti-school administrators put in place by Governor Sununu. The current administration is in favor of using our tax dollars to fund vouchers for private schools, religious schools and home schooling, while […]