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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Shea-Porter is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]," as of June 19, 2013.<ref>[ ''Gov Track'' "Carol Shea-Porter," Accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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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 is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of New Hampshire, having won election in 2012.

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]



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.[9]


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 moved on to 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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[14]

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


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.[15]


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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[19]

Specific votes

Rep. Shea-Porter supported the auto bailout.[20] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[21]

In addition, Rep. Shea-Porter voted for the stimulus bill.[22] 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. [23]

Shea-Porter also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[24] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[25]

Shea-Porter supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[26] 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.[27]

Finally, Shea-Porter voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[28] 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.[29]

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. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  10. Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Carol Shea-Porter," Accessed April 18, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Carol Shea-Porter 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed June 19, 2013
  16. Gov Track "Carol Shea-Porter," Accessed June 19, 2013
  17. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  18. GovTrack, "Shea-Porter," Accessed April 10, 2013
  19. "Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), 2011," accessed February 14, 2013
  20. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  21. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  22. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  23. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  24. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  25. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  26. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  27. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  28. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  29. 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