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Ayotte named adviser for clean energy group

July 17. 2017 10:44AM

Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH. 

Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, is taking on a new role as senior adviser to Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions.

The Republican-leaning non-profit organization made the announcement Monday. Ayotte, in a news release, said she looks forward to supporting "clean energy policies that make sense for New Hampshire and for citizens across the country."

Ayotte, who in 2015 became the first Republican to support the Clean Power Plan to address climate change, lost her reelection bid in 2016 to U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH. She is keeping busy with several positions.

Last month, Cirtronics, an employee-owned business in Milford, announced she was joining its board of advisers, and BAE Systems named Ayotte to a three-year term on its board of directors. In April, News Corp. added Ayotte to its board of directors, a seat that comes with approximately $250,000 total compensation annually.

Ayotte, a former attorney general, was busy earlier this year as the Trump administration's "sherpa" to assist in the nomination and confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch.

She was earlier named a visiting fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a senior advisor for Blink Health.

She continues support for several non-profits, such as Veterans Count NH.

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions was established in 2013 to engage Republicans policymakers and the public on "commonsense, conservative solutions to address our nation's need for abundant, reliable energy while preserving our environment."