A trailblazing leader
Carol Shea-Porter grew up in a multigenerational household as one of seven children. Her father, a World War II veteran, taught her that good government has the power to transform lives. Carol worked her way through college at the University of New Hampshire and dedicated her career to public service as a social worker. In 2006, she became the first woman to represent New Hampshire in Congress, and she has been a tireless champion for Granite State women and families. Carol is committed to ending gender discrimination in pay, defending women’s access to health care, and expanding educational and economic opportunities for working families. She will return to Congress to continue her lifelong work fighting for New Hampshire women and families to have a fair shot.
A champion for Granite State families
During her three terms in Congress, Carol championed landmark paycheck fairness legislation. She has said, “When women are paid less than men for doing the same work, it affects their ability to send their kids to good schools, afford quality health care, and pay for everyday needs.” She is a powerful advocate for commonsense policies that help women get ahead. Carol has worked to expand small business loans to strengthen New Hampshire’s economy, and she will continue working to create good-paying jobs for Granite Staters. As a former social worker, she has experience helping families with drug and alcohol problems, as well as helping families in transition. At a time when vulnerable women and families are facing tough challenges in New Hampshire, Carol will continue her life’s work of fighting for those whose voices aren’t heard in Washington.
A scandal-plagued GOP opponent
Carol challenged Republican Rep. Frank Guinta, who was named one of the “10 Most Vulnerable House Members” for 2016. Since Guinta was narrowly elected to represent one of the country’s most independent districts in 2014, he distinguished himself with scandal instead of service: Guinta was fined $15,000 for accepting an illegal $350,000 loan during a previous campaign. Despite intense pressure from leaders in his own party to resign over his ethical issues, Guinta refused to step down — and kept on advancing his extreme anti-woman, anti-family Republican agenda in Congress. Carol ran a strong campaign, and in this deep purple district there is no such thing as an easy race — not even for an experienced fighter like her. Frank Guinta made it clear that he would stop at nothing to hold on to power, but with the full support of the EMILY’s List community, Carol sent him packing once and for all in 2016.