Jeanne Shaheen

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Jeanne Shaheen
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U.S. Senate, New Hampshire
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Governor of New Hampshire
1997-2003
New Hampshire Senate
1992–1996
Education
Bachelor'sShippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Master'sUniversity of Mississippi
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 28, 1947
Place of birthSt. Charles, Missouri
ProfessionTeacher
ReligionNon-Denominational Protestant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jeanne Shaheen (b. January 28, 1947) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of New Hampshire. Shaheen was first elected to the Senate in 2008.

Biography

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.

Career

She taught high school in Mississippi and moved to New Hampshire in 1973, where she taught school and owned a small business. In between holding public office, in April 2005 Shaheen was named director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics.

Committee Assignments

U.S. Senate

2011-2012

Shaheen serves 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.

Issues

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Jeanne Shaheen voted with the Democratic Party 93.0% of the time, which ranked 30th among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[1]

Elections

2008

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.[2]

United States Senate, New Hampshire General Election, 2010
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

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Personal

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

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
John E. Sununu
United States Senate - New Hampshire
2009–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Steve Merrill
Governor of New Hampshire
1997–2003
Succeeded by
Craig Benson
Preceded by
'District created'
New Hampshire Senate
1992–1996
Succeeded by
Iris Estabrook