By Ron Fitzwater
The Freshman Senator was elected in 2008 with nearly 56 percent of the vote (2,249,311 votes) over Republican incumbent Elizabeth Dole and currently serves on four Senate committees: Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
Some of Hagen’s positions on hot button issues include being pro-choice, voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, voted in favor of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell act of 2010, and opposes NC Amendment 1. Hagen stood apart from her party by voting against the Dream Act in 2010 and by voting against the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
According to Hagan’s official website, “Conversations with Kay are held in communities across North Carolina and provide an opportunity for members of the community to visit with Hagan and talk with her about their concerns.
Hagen will be at the Ashe Senior Center, 180 Chattyrob Lane, West Jefferson on Tuesday, April 3rd from 3 to 5 p.m. and at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, 182 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone on Wednesday, April 4th from 9 to 11 a.m. Hagan’s staff will also be on site to assist constituents who need help navigating issues with federal agencies, such as the VA, IRS or Social Security Administration. For more information about Hagan, her voting record, her schedule or to contact the Senator click to http://hagan.senate.gov/. – Ron Fitzwater