Carol Shea-Porter

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Carol Shea-Porter
Carol Shea Porter.jpg
U.S. House, New Hampshire, District 1
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PredecessorFrank Guinta (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$13.95 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primarySeptember 9, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,720,667
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Hampshire
Master'sUniversity of New Hampshire
BirthdayDec. 2, 1952
Place of birthNew York City, New York
ProfessionSocial Worker
Net worth$16,001
Office website
Campaign website
Carol Shea-Porter campaign logo
Carol Shea-Porter (b. December 2, 1952, in New York City, NY) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of New Hampshire. She was first elected in 2012.

She is running for re-election in 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[1]

Previously, she served as the representative of the 1st District of New Hampshire. She is one of nine individuals elected to the U.S. House in 2012 who have prior congressional experience, and one of five House Democrats ousted in 2010 who won back their seats from freshman Republicans two years later.[2][3] She defeated incumbent Frank Guinta.[4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Shea-Porter is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Shea-Porter was born in New York City and then moved to southern New Hampshire. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of New Hampshire.[5]

Shea-Porter is a direct descendant of John Stark, a general in the Continental Army who coined the phrase "live free or die," which is now New Hampshire's motto.[6]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Shea-Porter's academic, professional and political career:[7]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Shea-Porter serves on the following committees:[9]

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[10] For more information pertaining to Shea-Porter's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

National security


Neutral/Abstain Shea-Porter did not vote on HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[12]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Shea-Porter voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Shea-Porter voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Neutral/Abstain Shea-Porter did not vote on HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]


Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Shea-Porter voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[14] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[15]

King Amendment

Shea-Porter signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[16] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[17]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Shea-Porter voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Shea-Porter voted for HR 2775.[21]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Shea-Porter voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Shea-Porter has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[24]

Social issues


Voted "No" Shea-Porter voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Rep. Shea-Porter supported the auto bailout.[26] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[27]

In addition, Rep. Shea-Porter voted for the stimulus bill.[28] A total of 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). Only 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy.[29]

Shea-Porter also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[30] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[31]

Shea-Porter supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[32] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. Only 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[33]

Finally, Shea-Porter voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[34] About 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. Only 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. A total of 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[35]


On The Issues Vote Match

Carol Shea-Porter's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Shea-Porter is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Shea-Porter received a score of 60 percent on social issues and five percent on economic issues.[36]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[37]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Unknown Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[36]




See also: New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Shea-Porter is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Hampshire's 1st District. Shea-Porter is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary on September 9, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Shea-Porter is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[38]

Shea-Porter made Roll Call's "Ten Most Vulnerable" list for the third quarter. According to Roll Call, New Hampshire is a swing state and could be susceptible to national political trends. Depending on her opponent, Shea-Porter could face a tough re-election .[39]


Shea-Porter has received the following endorsements:


See also: New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Shea-Porter ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New Hampshire's 1st District. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.

According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained Libertarian candidates who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Brendan Kelly took in over 2,000 more votes than the number that separated Shea-Porter and Guinta.[42]

U.S. House, New Hampshire District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Frank Guinta Incumbent 46% 158,659
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Shea-Porter 49.8% 171,650
     Libertarian Brandan Kelly 4.2% 14,521
Total Votes 344,830
Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Frank Guinta won election to the United States House. He defeated Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Philip Hodson (L) in the general election.[43]

U.S. House, New Hampshire District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank C. Guinta 54% 121,655
     Democratic Carol Shea-Porter incumbent 42.4% 95,503
     Libertarian Philip Hodson 3.5% 7,966
Total Votes 225,124

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Shea-Porter is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Shea-Porter raised a total of $5,272,334 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[46]

Carol Shea-Porter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Hampshire, District 1) Won $1,720,667
2010 US House (New Hampshire, District 1) Defeated $1,647,774
2008 US House (New Hampshire, District 1) Won $1,543,513
2006 US House (New Hampshire, District 1) Won $360,380
Grand Total Raised $5,272,334


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Shea-Porter's reports.[47]

Carol Shea-Porter (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[48]April 15, 2013$24,944.53$86,057.21$(40,138.20)$70,863.54
July Quarterly[49]July 15, 2013$70,863.54$103,973.46$(34,793.15)$140,043.85
October Quarterly[50]October 14, 2013$140,968.85$183,491.97$(43,459.87)$281,000.95
Year-End Quarterly[51]December 31, 2013$281,000$156,890$(78,896)$357,389
April Quarterly[52]April 15, 2014$357,389.15$201,335.60$(44,826.80)$513,897.95
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Shea-Porter's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Shea-Porter won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Shea-Porter's campaign committee raised a total of $1,720,667 and spent $1,696,703.[53]

Cost per vote

Shea-Porter spent $13.95 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Shea-Porter's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Shea-Porter lost election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Shea-Porter's campaign committee raised a total of $1,647,774 and spent $1,682,124.[54]

U.S. House, New Hampshire District 1, 2010 - Carol Shea-Porter Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,647,774
Total Spent $1,682,124
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,558,556
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,558,063
Top contributors to Carol Shea-Porter's campaign committee
EMILY's List$36,000
League of Conservation Voters$21,065
Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte$19,573
State of New Hampshire$12,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$117,900
Women's Issues$88,049
Candidate Committees$82,250
Public Sector Unions$65,000

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Shea-Porter's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,002 and $30,000. That averages to $16,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Shea-Porter ranked as the 403rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[55] Between 2006 and 2012, Shea-Porter's calculated net worth[56] decreased by an average of 2 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[57]

Carol Shea-Porter Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2006 to 2012:-12%
Average annual growth:-2%[58]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[59]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[60]

Shea-Porter most often votes with:

Shea-Porter least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Shea-Porter is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 19, 2013.[7]

Voting with party


Carol Shea-Porter voted with the Democratic Party 94.4 percent of the time, which ranked 119th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[61]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Shea-Porter missed 96 of 3,623 roll call votes from January 2007 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.6 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[7]


Shea-Porter grew up in a Republican family. She worked as a volunteer relief worker in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. She has two children.[62]

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See also

External links


  1. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2014 Filing Period," accessed June 23, 2014
  2. The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," accessed December 8, 2012
  3. The Washington Post, "Political comeback kids to take seats again in the House," accessed November 18, 2012
  4. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  5. Washington Times, "Carol Shea-Porter - New Hampshire," accessed March 26, 2014
  6. National Journal, "New Faces:New Hampshire, 1st House District," accessed November 20, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 GovTrack, "Carol Shea-Porter," accessed June 19, 2013
  8. National Journal, "Shea-Porter Bio," accessed June 19, 2013
  9., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Shea-Porter's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 29, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "Shea-Porter on agriculture," accessed September 29, 2013
  15. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013
  17., "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Carol Shea-Porter's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 29, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Carol Shea-Porter's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 29, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Shea-Porter on abortion," accessed September 29, 2013
  26. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 690," accessed December 10, 2008
  27. Gallup, "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," accessed September 13, 2010
  28. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 46," accessed January 28, 2009
  29. Rasmussen, "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," accessed August 24, 2010
  30. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 314," accessed June 9, 2009
  31. Rasmussen, "54% Oppose 'Cash for Clunkers' Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," accessed June 23, 2009
  32. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 477," accessed June 26, 2009
  33. Rasmussen, "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," accessed June 30, 2009
  34. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 165," accessed March 21, 2010
  35. Rasmussen, "61% Favor Repeal of Healthcare Law," accessed September 20, 2010
  36. 36.0 36.1 On The Issues, "Carol Shea-Porter Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  37. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  38. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  39. Roll Call, “Roll Call's 10 Most Vulnerable House Members Revealed,” accessed November 5, 2013
  40. SNAP PAC, "SNAP PAC Endorses Representative Carol Shea-Porter and Lee Rogers," accessed May 27, 2014
  41. EMILY's List, "Carol Shea-Porter," accessed May 27, 2014
  42. Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," accessed November 15, 2012
  43. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  44. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  45. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  46. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Carol Shea-Porter," accessed April 18, 2013
  47. Federal Election Commission, "Shea-Porter 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  48. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  49. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  50. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  51. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  52. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  53. Open Secrets, "Carol Shea-Porter 2012 Election Cycle," accessed June 19, 2013
  54. Open Secrets, "Carol Shea-Porter 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 29, 2013
  55. Open Secrets, "Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  56. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  57. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  58. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  59. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  60. OpenCongress, "Carol Shea-Porter," accessed August 6, 2013
  61. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  62. Youtube, "About Shea-Porter," accessed October 29, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Guinta (R)
U.S. House of Representatives New Hampshire District 1
Succeeded by