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Jeanne Shaheen
Jeanne Shaheen.jpg
U.S. Senate, New Hampshire
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2021
Years in position 6
PredecessorJohn Sununu (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last election November 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 3, 2020
Campaign $$14,180,314
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Governor of New Hampshire
New Hampshire Senate
Bachelor'sShippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Master'sUniversity of Mississippi
Date of birthJanuary 28, 1947
Place of birthSt. Charles, Missouri
Net worth(2012) $3,457,871
ReligionNon-Denominational Protestant
Office website
Campaign website
Jeanne Shaheen (b. January 28, 1947, in St. Charles, MO) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of New Hampshire. She was first elected to the Senate in 2008.

In 2014, Shaheen won re-election to the U.S. Senate, representing New Hampshire.[1] She ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary on September 9, 2014, and defeated Republican Scott Brown in the general election.[2]

Prior to her election to the U.S. Senate, Shaheen served as the governor of New Hampshire. She also spent six years in the New Hampshire State Senate.[3]

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


Below is an abbreviated outline of Shaheen's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 2009-Present: U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
  • 1997-2003: Governor of New Hampshire
  • 1990-1996: New Hampshire State Senate

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Shaheen serves on the following committees:[4]


Shaheen served on the following Senate committees:[5]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
    • Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
  • Committee on Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on SeaPower
    • Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
  • Committee on Foreign Relations
    • The Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs
    • The Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues
    • The Subcommittee on European Affairs
    • The Subcommittee on African Affairs
  • Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship


Shaheen served on the following committees:

  • Committee on Foreign Relations
    • Subcommittee on African Affairs
    • Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues
    • Subcommittee on European Affairs (Chairwoman)
    • Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection
  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Impeachment Trial Committee on the Articles against Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr.

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Shaheen's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

Committee vote on Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Yea3.png On September 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved an authorization for President Obama to use limited force against Syria. It was approved by a 10-7 vote.[8][9]

The vote came after a three-hour briefing with top Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.[8]

Of the nine Democratic members and eight Republican members that made up the committee, seven Democrats and three Republicans voted in favor, while five Republicans and two Democrats opposed the authorization.[10] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). Shaheen was one of the seven Democrats who approved the authorization.[11]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png Shaheen voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[12]


No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png Shaheen voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[13]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, 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.[14] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Shaheen voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[15]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png Shaheen voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[16]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Shaheen voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[17]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Shaheen voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[18]


On The Issues Vote Match

Jeanne Shaheen'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, Shaheen is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Shaheen received a score of 51 percent on social issues and 32 percent on economic issues.[19]

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[20]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Neutral Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Neutral Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[19] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Political positions


In October 2013, Shaheen sent a letter to the White House asking for an extension for the open enrollment deadline for the Affordable Care Act, informally known as "Obamacare." She cited the website's glitches and the difficulties people had been having trying to enroll as the reason for an extension.[21]


Ending Spending Action Fund ad pulled from from WHDH

Ending Spending ad

In August 2014, Ending Spending Action Fund released an attack ad against Shaheen entitled, "Cronyism." The ad claimed that, while the average New Hampshire citizen had struggled financially, "Shaheen's wealth has surged while in public office."[22] Shaheen's lawyers argued that the ad was inaccurate and demanded that the television broadcasting stations take it off the air. They stated that, in fact, Shaheen's net worth had decreased between $562,000 and $1 million while she had been in office. Ending Spending defended the ad by arguing that only Shaheen's assets should be included, and that debts, including 10 mortgages that she declared in 2013, should not be taken into account. One Boston television station, WHDH, an affiliate of NBC, stopped broadcasting the ad until it was re-cut. The president of Ending Spending stated, "That station has requested an additional citation be added to the on-screen text, which we will gladly do."[23]



See also: United States Senate elections in New Hampshire, 2014

Shaheen won re-election in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing New Hampshire. She defeated Republican Scott Brown in a close race.[1] Shaheen ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary on September 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, New Hampshire General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeanne Shaheen Incumbent 51.5% 251,184
     Republican Scott Brown 48.2% 235,347
     N/A Scatter 0.3% 1,628
Total Votes 488,159
Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State

Race background

Shaheen came under fire from Scott Brown, a former Massachusetts Senator who ran for Senate in New Hampshire, where he owned a vacation home. He criticized her for raising money off of his rumored run. He said, "I think it’s shameful for her to do that, for one, because I’m not a declared candidate. I think she should be addressing the government shutdown problem." Brown was criticized for doing the same thing in 2010 when MSNBC host, Rachel Maddow, was rumored to be running against him for the Senate. At the time, Brown's campaign defended the practice.[24]


Shaheen was endorsed by the following:


  • Ending Spending, Inc., a nonprofit group associated with the Ending Spending Action Fund, released a campaign ad in December 2013 attacking incumbent Shaheen for supporting the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." The ad labeled Shaheen a liar for claiming that Obamacare would allow citizens to keep their insurance provider and increase choices.[28]
  • Shaheen released her first campaign ad on May 4, 2014.[29]
  • Shaheen released another campaign ad in May 2014, this time focusing on helping small businesses.[30]
  • Americans for Prosperity released an ad attacking Shaheen for supporting Obamacare, linking the healthcare law to a decrease in hospitals.[31]

Ending Spending ad against Jeanne Shaheen

Shaheen's first campaign ad

Shaheen ad released May 12, 2014

Americans for Prosperity ad attacking Shaheen


On November 4, 2008, Shaheen was elected to the United States Senate. She defeated incumbent John E. Sununu (R), Ken Blevens (Libertarian) and the write-in candidates.[32]

U.S. Senate, New Hampshire General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeanne Shaheen 51.6% 358,438
     Republican John Sununu 45.3% 314,403
     Libertarian Ken Blevens 3.1% 21,516
     Write-ins 0.1% 430
Total Votes 694,787

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Shaheen attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Shaheen is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Shaheen raised a total of $14,180,314 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[33]

Jeanne Shaheen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. Senate (New Hampshire) Won $8,342,400
2002 U.S. Senate (New Hampshire) Defeated $5,837,914
Grand Total Raised $14,180,314

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Shaheen's reports.[34]

Americans for Prosperity, the PAC run by the Koch brothers, ran a seven-figure ad campaign against Shaheen, Kay Hagan and Mary Landrieu. The ad targeted the three senators' stances on healthcare.[44]

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 two-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 two 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, Shaheen's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,621,071 and $8,201,041. That averages to $5,411,056, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Shaheen ranked as the 27th most wealthy senator in 2012.[45] Between 2007 and 2012, Shaheen's calculated net worth[46] increased by an average of 6 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]

Jeanne Shaheen Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2007 to 2012:28%
Average annual growth:6%[48]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[49]
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.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Shaheen received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Women's Issues industry.

From 2001-2014, 23.53 percent of Shaheen's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[50]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Jeanne Shaheen Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $25,447,240
Total Spent $21,133,068
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Women's Issues$1,944,033
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,517,438
Leadership PACs$989,498
Securities & Investment$688,987
% total in top industry7.64%
% total in top two industries13.6%
% total in top five industries23.53%


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Shaheen was a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of July 2014.[51] This was the same rating Shaheen received in July 2013.

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.[52]

Shaheen most often votes with:

Shaheen least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Shaheen missed 23 of 1,706 roll call votes from January 2009 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.3 percent, which is better than the median of 2.0 percent among current senators as of July 2014.[53]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Shaheen paid her congressional staff a total of $2,188,856 in 2011. She ranked 5th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 20th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, New Hampshire ranked 48th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[54]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Shaheen ranked 39th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[55]


Shaheen ranked 19th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[56]


Shaheen ranked 43rd in the liberal rankings in 2011.[57]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Shaheen voted with the Democratic Party 93.1 percent of the time, which ranked 38th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of July 2014.[58]


Shaheen voted with the Democratic Party 91.8 percent of the time, which ranked 40th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[59]

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See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Politico, "2014 New Hampshire Senate Election Results," accessed November 5, 2014
  2. Associated Press, "New Hampshire - 2014 Primary Results," accessed September 9, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Shaheen," accessed July 1, 2013
  4. United States Senate, "Committee Assignments of the 114th Congress," accessed February 17, 2015
  5. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Politico, "Senate panel approves Syria measure," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. USA Today, "Senate committee approves Syria attack resolution," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named syriacommitteevote
  11. Politico, "How Senate Foreign Relations Committee members voted on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  18. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 On The Issues, "Jeanne Shaheen Vote Match," accessed June 20, 2014
  20. 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.
  21. Huffington Post, "Jeanne Shaheen Calls For Obamacare Enrollment Deadline Extension," accessed October 23, 2013
  22. YouTube, "Cronyism," accessed August 28, 2014
  23. Associated Press, "Super PAC changes anti-Shaheen ads after complaint," accessed August 28, 2014
  24. Politico, "Scott Brown: Jeanne Shaheen being ‘shameful’," accessed October 9, 2013
  25. Roll Call, "Angus King Rolls Out Bipartisan Senate Endorsements," accessed May 19, 2014
  26. 26.0 26.1 Boston Herald, "Angus King backs Senate colleague Jeanne Shaheen," accessed May 19, 2014
  27. Politico, "It’s Warren vs. Brown — in N.H.," accessed October 22, 2014
  28. YouTube, "Like Your Senator," accessed May 8, 2014
  29., "Shaheen Releases First Ad in New Hampshire Senate Race," accessed May 8, 2014
  30. YouTube, "Steel," accessed May 16, 2014
  31. YouTube, "Tell Sen. Shaheen: We Want Our Hospitals Back," accessed June 12, 2014
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
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  36. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  37. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  38. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  39. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  40. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed November 3, 2014
  41. FEC, "Pre-Primary," accessed November 3, 2014
  42. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed November 3, 2014
  43. FEC, "Pre-General," accessed November 3, 2014
  44. The Hill, "Koch brothers group targets Sen. Shaheen," accessed January 2, 2014
  45. OpenSecrets, "Shaheen, (D-NH), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  46. 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.
  47. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  48. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  49. 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.
  50., "Sen. Jeanne Shaheen," accessed September 18, 2014
  51. GovTrack, "Jeanne Shaheen," accessed July 22, 2014
  52. OpenCongress, "Jeanne Shaheen," accessed July 22, 2014
  53. GovTrack, "Shaheen," accessed July 22, 2014
  54. LegiStorm, "Jeanne Shaheen," accessed August 16, 2012
  55. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 22, 2014
  56. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 5, 2013
  57. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  58. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  59. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
John E. Sununu
United States Senate - New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Steve Merrill
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Craig Benson
Preceded by
'District created'
New Hampshire Senate
Succeeded by
Iris Estabrook