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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
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. She was first elected in 2012.

She ran 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 and 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 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 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


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]

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.[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]

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.[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.

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.[17] 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.[18] Shea-Porter voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

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.[19] 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.[20]


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.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]


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.[23]

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.[24]

Previous congressional sessions

Rep. Shea-Porter supported the auto bailout.[25] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[26]

In addition, Rep. Shea-Porter voted for the stimulus bill.[27] 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.[28]

Shea-Porter also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[29] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[30]

Shea-Porter supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[31] 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.[32]

Finally, Shea-Porter voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[33] 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.[34]




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.[35]

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 .[36]

Shea-Porter ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Hampshire's 1st District. Shea-Porter sought the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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.[39]

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.[40]

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.[43]

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 were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Shea-Porter's reports.[44]


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.[54]

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.[55]


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.[56]

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.[6]

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.[57]

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.[6]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[58]

Carol Shea-Porter Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2006 to 2012:-12%
Average annual growth:-2%[59]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[60]
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.


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.[61]

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External links


  1. The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," accessed December 8, 2012
  2. The Washington Post, "Political comeback kids to take seats again in the House," accessed November 18, 2012
  3. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  4. Washington Times, "Carol Shea-Porter - New Hampshire," accessed March 26, 2014
  5. National Journal, "New Faces:New Hampshire, 1st House District," accessed November 20, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 GovTrack, "Carol Shea-Porter," accessed June 19, 2013
  7. National Journal, "Shea-Porter Bio," accessed June 19, 2013
  8. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  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 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Project 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. 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
  16. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Carol Shea-Porter's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 29, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Carol Shea-Porter's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 29, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Shea-Porter on abortion," accessed September 29, 2013
  25. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 690," accessed December 10, 2008
  26. Gallup, "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," accessed September 13, 2010
  27. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 46," accessed January 28, 2009
  28. Rasmussen, "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," accessed August 24, 2010
  29. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 314," accessed June 9, 2009
  30. Rasmussen, "54% Oppose 'Cash for Clunkers' Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," accessed June 23, 2009
  31. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 477," accessed June 26, 2009
  32. Rasmussen, "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," accessed June 30, 2009
  33. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 165," accessed March 21, 2010
  34. Rasmussen, "61% Favor Repeal of Healthcare Law," accessed September 20, 2010
  35. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  36. Roll Call, “Roll Call's 10 Most Vulnerable House Members Revealed,” accessed November 5, 2013
  37. SNAP PAC, "SNAP PAC Endorses Representative Carol Shea-Porter and Lee Rogers," accessed May 27, 2014
  38. EMILY's List, "Carol Shea-Porter," accessed May 27, 2014
  39. Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," accessed November 15, 2012
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  41. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  42. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Carol Shea-Porter," accessed April 18, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Shea-Porter 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  45. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  46. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  47. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  48. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed November 25, 2014
  49. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  50. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  51. FEC, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 23, 2014
  52. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  53. FEC, "Pre-General," accessed November 25, 2014
  54. Open Secrets, "Carol Shea-Porter 2012 Election Cycle," accessed June 19, 2013
  55. Open Secrets, "Carol Shea-Porter 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 29, 2013
  56. OpenCongress, "Carol Shea-Porter," accessed August 6, 2013
  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  58. Open Secrets, "Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  59. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  60. 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.
  61. 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