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. Today, New Hampshire is the only state with a Congressional delegation of all pro-choice Democratic women, and she led the way. 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. In 2017, she returned to Congress to continue her lifelong work fighting for New Hampshire women and families to have a fair shot.
A fighter for Granite State families
During her four terms in Congress, Carol has 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 going through difficult transitions. At a time when vulnerable women and families are facing tough challenges in New Hampshire, Carol is running for re-election to continue her life’s work of fighting for those whose voices aren’t heard in Washington.
A must-win re-election fight in a swing district
First elected to the House in 2006, Carol was reelected in 2008. In 2010, a bad election for Democrats across the country, she lost to extreme Republican Frank Guinta — but went on to mount a successful campaign to unseat him in 2012. The battle continued when Guinta won the seat back in 2014, but Carol was determined to make that term his last. She ran a strong campaign, and since she knows there’s no such thing as an easy race in a deep purple district she won again with the support of the EMILY’s List community. The margin of victory is always small in New Hampshire’s 1st District, and in 2016 Carol won by fewer than 5,000 votes while Donald Trump won this district. The Republican Party immediately put this Trump district on their list of top targets for 2018, and several potential GOP candidates are eyeing the chance to challenge Carol. Paul Ryan and his allies desperately want one of their own in this seat, and the Republican nominee is sure to be backed by deep-pocketed special interests. But Carol never backs down from a tough fight, and with EMILY’s List on her side she has what it takes to keep this district blue. Let’s show her our full support and re-elect this champion to the House in 2018.