Maggie Goodlander, wife of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, launches campaign for Congress in New Hampshire

Maggie Tamposi Goodlander, a former White House aide and wife of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, launched her campaign to represent New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District on Thursday after six-term Rep. Annie Kuster announced she would not seek re-election .

“I know how to get things done and deliver things for New Hampshire,” Goodlander said in a statement. “I will be a workhorse for the people of the Second District and I will never stop fighting for a freer and more just Granite State.”

Before her stint in the White House, she served as a deputy assistant attorney general, clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court, and served as a senior adviser to Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman.

Goodlander also served as counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during the first impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

“I believe deep in my bones that no politician is above the law,” she said in a campaign launch video.

She married Sullivan in 2015 while he was working as an adviser to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A few years later, they bought a house in Portsmouth, part of the state's first congressional district. Goodlander recently signed a lease in her hometown of Nashua, in the 2nd Congressional District.

Goodlander and Sullivan have struggled to have children, a point she made in her campaign video. She told the painful story of a miscarriage she suffered at 20 weeks, highlighting an issue that has been top of mind for voters — and Democrats — since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

“When I was almost 20 weeks pregnant, we found out we had lost our son,” she said in the video. “I went into labor and I delivered our baby myself. This is where the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling in Dobbs became very, very real for me.”

“It is wrong that women in this state and across the country are denied the basic health care they need and deserve, and I want to fight for those freedoms every day for as long as I can,” Goodlander continued.

Current law in New Hampshire allows abortion up to 24 weeks, with some exceptions.

Goodlander's campaign video:


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Goodlander is the third Democratic candidate to enter the race. Former New Hampshire Assemblyman Colin Van Ostern and Senator Becky Whitley are also running in the Democratic primary for Congress on September 10.

Eight Republicans are vying for the Republican nomination in a district that leans Democratic but is expected to be competitive.

Sullivan did not respond to requests for comment, but a senior White House official told CBS News, “This campaign belongs to Maggie, not Jake. He's very proud of his wife for taking this on, but it's definitely her campaign – not his. “

“Jake will comply with the Hatch Act and all other applicable laws and policies,” the senior official added. “Jake has already been in contact with White House ethics officials to ensure he is fully complying with all obligations and responsibilities. This will be continued if necessary.”

The Hatch Act is a law that prohibits federal employees from using their offices for certain political activities.

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