Carol Shea-Porter

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Carol Shea-Porter, a Democrat, has represented the First Congressional District of New Hampshire from 2007 to 2011.


Record and controversies

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American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
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Americans for Democratic Action 95 - 19/20 90 - 18/20
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League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 50 - 10/20 not avail.

Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Ejected by "rogue vigilante bouncer" at Bush event

Diane Carman wrote in the April 26, 2005, Denver Post that the "White House keeps insisting that the guy impersonating a Secret Service agent who tossed the so-called Denver Three out of President Bush's Social Security road show here on March 21 was a nobody, an overzealous Republican Party volunteer, a rogue vigilante bouncer."

However, Carman wrote, "If that's true, this guy really gets around. ...

"And he was in Portsmouth, N.H., on Feb. 16 when he and another guy dressed to look like a Secret Service agent with a serious weight problem ejected two middle-aged women from a sparsely attended Social Security town meeting there.

"Carol Shea-Porter and Susan Mayer had tickets and were admitted to the event staged in an airplane hangar. They even were allowed to stay through the entire show, despite the fact that they sat near the TV cameras and removed their sweaters to reveal red T-shirts that said, 'Turn Your Back on Bush.'

"But when they left their seats to join the crowd on the floor as the president left the hangar, two burly guys grabbed them and gave them the bum's rush.

"'We were there for the whole event, and they knew darn well that we didn't disrupt anything,' said Shea-Porter. 'We never opened our mouths the whole time.'

"Shea-Porter said they went to the edge of the crowd of people as Bush exited and turned their backs to him in silence. 'Somebody grabbed me,' she said. 'It was really frightening. He said something like: 'That's it, you're out of here. We've had enough'.'

"She said she asked him to identify himself. 'He said, 'Never mind who I am'.' ...

"The bouncers took the women to a side door and shoved them outside to a spot where several police dogs and police vehicles were parked.

"'It was like a drunk being thrown out of a bar,' Shea-Porter said. 'They tossed us where nobody would have access to us.'"

Bought voter list from Democratic Party with tax dollars

The Concord [N.H.] Monitor's Lauren R. Dorgan reported on December 15, 2007, that "Rep. Carol Shea-Porter's office used [$5,000 in] taxpayer money to buy access to the New Hampshire Democratic Party's voter file, according to the state party's June filing with the Federal Election Commission.... [Shea-Porter's] Chief of Staff Harry Gural said the office bought the Democratic Party's file because it was 'the best available list at the lowest price' and that they needed the data so they can inform constituents 'about issues that may concern them.' ...But the purchase was criticized by New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen, who trumpeted the sale in a press release... 'Essentially, Shea-Porter made a political contribution to the New Hampshire Democratic Party using taxpayer dollars,' Cullen wrote.... The Shea-Porter news came at the end of a week in which the state's Democratic and Republican parties have traded accusations about each other's use of voter data."


Carol Shea-Porter is the first woman elected to national office in the history of the state of New Hampshire.

Shea-Porter grew up with her six brothers and sisters in a household that included her parents, a great-uncle, and a grandmother. Her family also gave a temporary home to children and teens that needed a place to live during difficult times in their lives.

She graduated from public high school in Durham, New Hampshire and then worked her way through the University of New Hampshire, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Social Services in 1975 and a Master of Arts in Public Administration in 1979.

She married Gene Porter, an Army officer stationed at an Army medical center in Colorado during the Vietnam era. After her husband left the service, they moved to New Orleans where Shea-Porter directed The Shepard's Center, a New Orleans social service organization. When they move to the Washington, DC area where she founded and directed the City of Laurel Multi-Purpose Senior Center in Maryland. In addition, she taught history and Current Issues to Special Populations at Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD (1987-1989) and taught Current Issues in Politics on contract at The Charter House in Silver Spring, MD, for 15 years (1987-2001).teacher.

After returning to New Hampshire with her husband and their son and daughter, the Shea-Porter became active in local politics serving as Chair of the Rochester City Democrats and Strafford County Coordinator for state representative races. During the 2004 Presidential primary, she volunteered and then worked for General Wesley Clark.

Shea-Porter Carol ran for Congress after serving for a month as a volunteer in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans. She said that she saw first-hand the inadequate response of the federal government in meeting the needs of citizens after this tragedy and decided that the voice of hard working families needed to be heard in Washington. She built a district-wide grass roots network that succeeded in electing her, in spite of a lack of campaign funding.

Shea-Porter was sworn into office on January 4, 2007. She is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Education and Labor.

Shea-Porter's volunteer service includes work with the Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Laurel, MD; the Mayor’s Taskforce on Senior Housing, Laurel, MD; the Interfaith Action Committee in Prince George’s County, MD; Patrons for Peace, Laurel, MD; and fundraising at her children's high school annual auction since 2002.

Congressional career

2006 election

Shea-Porter won the 2006 congressional election against Republican incumbent Rep. Jeb Bradley in a 51% to 49% vote. [1]

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
EMILY's List$ 30,150
J Street$ 12,400
JStreetPAC$ 11,350
American Federation of Teachers$ 10,000
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$ 10,000
AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America$ 10,000
BRIDGE PAC$ 10,000
Democrats Win Seats PAC$ 10,000
Human Rights Campaign$ 10,000
International Assn of Fire Fighters$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Carol Shea-Porter
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

More Background Data

Background information on Jeb Bradley, whom Carol Shea-Porter challenged in the 2006 congressional elections:


DC office
  • 1710 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2671 Fax: 202-225-7452
    Webform email
District offices
  • 104 Washington Street, Dover, NH 03820
    Ph: (603) 743-4813 Fax: (none entered)
  • 33 Lowell Street, Manchester, NH 03101
    Ph: (603) 641-9536 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
  • No campaign website entered.
  • No campaign webform email entered.
  • No campaign office information entered.

Top Issues





Shea-Porter Secures $35.3 Million in Defense Spending.
Shea-Porter supports Defense spending and announced 7 projects worth 35.3 million, also including a pay raise for troops and funding for the Defense Health Program. She also secured money for ship yard projects and says, “The Shipyard is a top priority, and I am going to keep bringing construction projects here that help our workers continue to be the best in the Fleet.”



Shea-Porter Announces the Creation of HealthCare.Gov. July 6, 2010.
Shea-Porter announces the creation of the website HealthCare.Gov. This site is to explain the new health care package and gives tips on how to shop for health insurance.

Shea-Porter works hard for New Hampshire vets. July 6, 2010.
Shea-Porter supports solving health problems that relates to burning toxic wastes in combat zones. She wants to help the veterans with health problems and see a reduction in toxic wastes.

Dem lawmaker: Congress could pass health reform if men were 'sent home'. January 24, 2010.
Shea-Porter is in support of the healthcare reform. She said that if they send the congressmen home, they would be able to solve the current healthcare problem.

STEM Education

Shea-Porter Supports Bill to Create and Advance Science and Technology Jobs
Shea-Porter voted to pass the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5116), which will increase the competitiveness of the United States by investing in science and technology. It will include “modernizing manufacturing, spur American innovation through clean energy research, and strengthen math and science education for students.” Shea-Porter says, “This legislation will create jobs here at home while ensuring the U.S. remains at the forefront of scientific and technological research…As a member of the House Trade Working Group, I believe it is critical to spur job growth in the U.S., not in China and India…For too long, math and science education has been put on the backburner… It is vital to invest in these fields now so that our future generations can be worldwide technological leaders.”

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