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Jeanne Shaheen
Jeanne Shaheen.jpg
U.S. Senate, New Hampshire
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PredecessorJohn Sununu (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next general November 4, 2014
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$3,457,871
ReligionNon-Denominational Protestant
Office website
Campaign website
Jeanne Shaheen (b. January 28, 1947, in St. Charles, Missouri) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of New Hampshire. Shaheen was first elected to the Senate in 2008.

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.[1]

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.


Shaheen graduated from high school in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, and earned a bachelor's degree in English from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree from the University of Mississippi.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Shaheen's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1990-1996: New Hampshire State Senate
  • 1997-2003: Governor of New Hampshire

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Shaheen serves on the following Senate committees[2]:

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • 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
  • 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.


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.[3] 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.[4]

National security

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Syria authorization
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.[5][6]

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.[5]

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.[7] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). Shaheen was one of the seven Democrats who approved the authorization.[8]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]


No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" 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 suspended 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.[10]


Shaheen sent a letter to the White House, asking for an extension for the open enrollment deadline. She cited the websites glitches and the difficulty people have been having trying to enroll as the reason for an extension.[11]


Completion of fence along Mexico border

Voted "No" 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.[12]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[13]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[14]



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

Shaheen ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing New Hampshire. Shaheen sought the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Shaheen came under fire from Scott Brown, a former Massachusetts Senator who is rumored to be running for Senate in New Hampshire, where he owns 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.[15]


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.[16]

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

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.[17]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Shaheen's reports.[18]

Jeanne Shaheen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]7/15/2013$375,297.42$1,230,582.99$(202,453.37)$140,342.04
July Quarterly[20]7/15/2013$140,342.04$1,221,094.73$(446,199.19)$2,178,322.58
Running totals


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.[21]

Shaheen most often votes with:

Shaheen 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, Shaheen is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of July 1, 2013.[22]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Shaheen missed 17 of 1,276 roll call votes from January 2009 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.3%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[23]

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 ranks 5th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranks 20th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, New Hampshire ranks 48th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[24]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Shaheen's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,692,382 to $5,223,360. That averages to $3,457,871, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. Her average net worth increased by 34.05% from 2010.[25]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Shaheen's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $479,021 and $4,679,993. That averages to $2,579,507, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[26]

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. Shaheen ranked 19th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. Senate.[27]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Shaheen ranked 43rd in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators.[28]

Political positions

Voting with party


Jeanne Shaheen voted with the Democratic Party 91.8% of the time, which ranked 40th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[29]

Recent news

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Shaheen is the wife of Lebanese-American attorney and political operative, Bill Shaheen. Together they have three children.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Shaheen," Accessed July 1, 2013
  2. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  3. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Politico, "Senate panel approves Syria measure," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. USA Today, "Senate committee approves Syria attack resolution," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named syriacommitteevote
  8. Politico, "How Senate Foreign Relations Committee members voted on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  10. 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
  11. Huffington Post, "Jeanne Shaheen Calls For Obamacare Enrollment Deadline Extension", accessed October 23, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  14. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  15. Politico, "Scott Brown: Jeanne Shaheen being ‘shameful’", accessed October 9, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Donor history for Harry Reid" Accessed April 25, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "Shaheen 2014 Summary reports," Accessed August 1, 2013
  19. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2013
  20. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2013
  21. OpenCongress, "Jeanne Shaheen," Accessed August 8, 2013
  22. Gov Track "Jeanne Shaheen," Accessed July 1, 2013
  23. GovTrack, "Shaheen," Accessed April 11, 2013
  24. LegiStorm "Jeanne Shaheen"
  25. "Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), 2011," accessed February 14, 2013
  26., "Shaheen, (D-New Hampshire), 2010"
  27. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 5, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  29. 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