Ann McLane Kuster was born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire. She and her husband Brad, an environmental lawyer, now live nearby in Hopkinton where they raised their two sons, Zach and Travis.
Annie was elected to the United States Congress to represent New Hampshire’s 2nd District in November 2012, and was sworn into office on January 3, 2013. She is the first woman to ever represent the district in Congress. She is a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Small Business Committee.
Annie’s late mother was former State Senator Susan McLane, a pioneer for women in New Hampshire politics. Her late father, Malcolm McLane, was Mayor of Concord, a New Hampshire Executive Councilor, and one of the state’s most prominent attorneys for over 50 years.
As a longtime community activist, author, attorney, and advocate, Annie has focused her career on increasing access to affordable health care and higher education for families. She has been actively involved in a number of significant health and education policy issues, including the creation of the Medication Bridge Program to distribute free medication to low-income families, and the UNIQUE College Savings Program to help families save for their children to attend college.
With her late mother, Annie co-authored a book entitled “The Last Dance: Facing Alzheimer’s with Love and Laughter.” Annie and her father, Malcolm McLane, toured the state speaking out about aging and Alzheimer’s disease and the burdens on families and caregivers. In 2008, Annie received the Rainbow Award from Riverbend Community Mental Health Center, which celebrates those who raise awareness of mental health issues in New Hampshire.
Active in community service, Annie served on the Board of Trustees of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, New Hampshire Public Radio, the Capitol Center for the Arts, and Child and Family Services of New Hampshire. She was a Founder of the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire and served on the Board of the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College to encourage community service. In addition, Annie is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and before her election to Congress maintained a private adoption practice in which she helped hundreds of New Hampshire families adopt children.
Annie graduated from Dartmouth College in 1978, in the third class with women. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984.