House Republican Leader Gene Chandler of Bartlett said he still wants to know how she will fund her spending priorities. Hassan delivers her budget to lawmakers next month.
Hassan supports the rights of workers to unionize, for women to have access to abortions and birth control and for gays to marry. Hassan was instrumental in the Senate passing the state’s law legalizing same-sex unions in 2009. An effort to repeal it fell short last year.
She pointed to the importance of New Hampshire’s gay marriage law in making the state welcoming to business.
“As has been true throughout our history, every time we bring more people in from the margins — into the heart and soul of our democracy — we get stronger,” she said.
New Hampshire Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. Morgan, who has terminal breast cancer, is fighting to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act that bars her wife from receiving federal benefits that would help care for their 5-year-old daughter.
The race was Hassan’s first try for governor. She lost her first bid for state Senate in 2002, but won the seat in the following election. She was defeated during a Republican sweep in 2010.
Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, now a U.S. senator, was the state’s first female governor.
Hassan was sworn in by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Dalianis, who is the state’s first female chief justice.