U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., will be in Louisville on Monday to speak at Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s leadership center and rally for his re-election campaign.

First elected in 2010, Ayotte is considered a leading voice on national security and foreign affairs as a member of the Senate’s Armed Services and Homeland

Security committees.

In a recent interview, she ripped President Obama’s handling of the Ukraine crisis in comparison to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Crimea.

She will be a guest speaker of the McConnell Center‘s lecture series this week, where she is expected to discuss international and fiscal issues.

The public talk is free, but tickets are recommended to get a seat. Ayotte’s speech is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center.

Afterwards McConnell’s re-election campaign is holding a press conference with Ayotte and Kentucky veterans at 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn near the Louisville airport.

She is a McConnell ally in the Senate and a close adviser after being appointed as the Republican leader’s counsel last year.

She is a graduate of Penn State and the Villanova University School of Law. In 2004, Ayotte was appointed New Hampshire’s first female attorney general.