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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 2
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 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
Date of birthDec. 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, having won election in 2012.

She is set to run for re-election in 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

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.[1][2] She defeated incumbent Frank Guinta.[3]

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 then moved to southern New Hampshire. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of New Hampshire.[4]

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.[5]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Shea-Porter's academic, professional and political career:[6]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Shea-Porter serves on the following committees:[8]


Legislative actions

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.[9] For more information pertaining to Shea-Porter's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

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.[11]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Shea-Porter voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

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.[11]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Neutral/Abstain Shea-Porter did not vote on HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[11]


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.[13] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[14]

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.[15] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[16]. 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.


Morton Memos Enforcement 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.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]


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.[19]

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.[20]



See also: New Hampshire's 1st congressional district elections, 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.[21]


See also: New Hampshire's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Shea-Porter ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing 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.[22]

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.[23]

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 $1,720,667 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[26]

Carol Shea-Porter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Hampshire, District 1) Won $1,720,667
Grand Total Raised $1,720,667


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.[27]

Carol Shea-Porter (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]4/15/2013$24,944.53$86,057.21$(40,138.20)$70,863.54
July Quarterly[29]7/15/2013$70,863.54$103,973.46$(34,793.15)$140,043.85
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.[30]

Cost per vote

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


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.[31]

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.[32]

Voting with party


Carol Shea-Porter voted with the Democratic Party 94.4% of the time, which ranked 119th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[33]

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%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[34]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Shea-Porter's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,002 to $30,000. That averages to $16,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.[35]

Specific votes

Rep. Shea-Porter supported the auto bailout.[36] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[37]

In addition, Rep. Shea-Porter voted for the stimulus bill.[38] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [39]

Shea-Porter also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[40] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[41]

Shea-Porter supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[42] 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. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[43]

Finally, Shea-Porter voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[44] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[45]

Recent news

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External links


  1. The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," December 8, 2012
  2. The Washington Post, "Political comeback kids to take seats again in the House," November 18, 2012
  3. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  4. Wikipedia "Carol Shea-Porter" June 19, 2012
  5. National Journal "New Faces:New Hampshire, 1st House District" Accessed November 20, 2012
  6. "Shea-Porter," Accessed June 19, 2013
  7. National Journal "Shea-Porter Bio," Accessed June 19, 2013
  8., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Shea-Porter's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 29, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Vote Smart, "Shea-Porter on agriculture", accessed September 29, 2013
  14. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  15. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
  16., "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Carol Shea-Porter's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 29, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Carol Shea-Porter's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed September 29, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Shea-Porter on abortion," accessed September 29, 2013
  21. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  22. Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Carol Shea-Porter," Accessed April 18, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Shea-Porter 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
  28. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  29. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Carol Shea-Porter 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed June 19, 2013
  31. OpenCongress, "Carol Shea-Porter," Accessed August 6, 2013
  32. Gov Track "Carol Shea-Porter," Accessed June 19, 2013
  33. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  34. GovTrack, "Shea-Porter," Accessed April 10, 2013
  35. "Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), 2011," accessed February 14, 2013
  36. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  37. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  38. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  39. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  40. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  41. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  42. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  43. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  44. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  45. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Guinta (R)
U.S. House of Representatives New Hampshire District 1
Succeeded by