Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH-01)

Carol Shea-Porter currently serves as the U.S. Representative for New Hampshire’s 1st District and is seeking re-election. This seat has gone back and forth between her and conservative Frank Guinta for several cycles.

Background and Achievements

Shea-Porter is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire holding a B.A. and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Prior to her first run for Congress, Shea-Porter was a social worker and a professor. She won her first primary for the U.S. House of Representative with just $25,000, over a 1,000 volunteers, and in-depth grassroots organizing. Shea-Porter is a leader on women’s rights, peace, and environmental issues.

Positions on Key Issues

  • Advocates heavily for women's rights and reproductive justice
  • Fights for LGBTQIA rights
  • Promotes efforts to make education more affordable
  • Promotes renewable energy
  • Strongly opposes sending manufacturing jobs overseas
  • Co-sponsored the new GI Bill of Rights
  • Works to protect Social Security and Medicare
  • Pushes for campaign finance reform

Prospects & Opponents

Shea-Porter is the first woman from New Hampshire to serve in Congress. The race is once again considered a toss-up. The Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball rate this race as a Toss-Up. She is listed as one of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s initial targets for this cycle. She is also listed as one of the initial members of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committees Frontline Program to protect challenged incumbents.


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