Meet the Freshmen: Representative-Elect Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH-1)

In this series of “Meet the Freshmen” blog posts, we will introduce the seven newly-elected members of the New England Congressional delegation.  During the week of November 19, we took a look at the newly-elected members of the Senate.  During the week of November 26, we’ll introduce the newest members of the House.  NEC members can read about all seven new members of our region’s delegation in a special edition Weekly Washington Report in the Members Only section of our website.

Carol Shea-Porter served two terms in the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. In last week’s election she regained the House seat that she lost 2 years ago to current Representative Frank Guinta. Representative Shea-Porter bested Representative Guinta with just shy of 50 percent of the vote. Ms. Shea-Porter has said her number one priority will be job creation, including a veteran’s jobs corps. She has also said she will fight against cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Ms. Shea-Porter supports increased federal spending for economic stimulus, including infrastructure investment, education programs such as Pell Grants and energy assistance for low income citizens. She is an advocate for reducing the influence of super PACs and supports publicly funded political campaigns. She is an advocate for reduced emissions requirements and believes the nation needs to make clean energy and energy independence a national security priority. She supports trading emissions credits but not the Keystone XL pipeline. Trained as a social worker, Shea-Porter voted for the 2010 Affordable Care Act and supports its implementation. She has said she supports increasing tax fairness for all Americans. In her previous tenure in the House, Ms. Shea-Porter served on the Armed Services, Education and the Workforce, and Natural resources Committees and has indicated a preference to return to those assignments.  Visit Shea-Porter’s Campaign Website.

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