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
PredecessorJohn Sununu (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next general November 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
Net worth$3,457,871
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.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Shaheen is a "moderate Democratic follower".[1]

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

2013-2015

Shaheen serves on the following Senate committees[2]:

2011-2012

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.

Issues

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.[3]

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.[4]

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

Analysis

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 she 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.[5]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[6]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[7]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

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.[8]

2011

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.[9]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Jeanne Shaheen has voted with the Democratic Party 93.0% of the time, which ranked 30th among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[10]

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Personal

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

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
John E. Sununu
United States Senate - New Hampshire
2009–Present
Succeeded by
'
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