A Trailblazing Woman Leader
The only woman in U.S. history to be elected both governor and U.S. senator, Jeanne Shaheen is a truly remarkable leader. In her three terms as New Hampshire governor, she expanded access to kindergarten, required insurers to cover contraception, and repealed a 150-year-old law making abortion a felony. In the U.S. Senate, Jeanne recently pushed through an amendment bearing her name that requires federal health insurance plans to cover abortion for military women who are victims of sexual assault. She’s also a key player in the fight to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and establish pay equity for women.
Strengthening an Ailing Economy
As a former small business owner, Jeanne knows how to help entrepreneurs succeed and spur economic development. She’s pushed through key bills, including the Small Business Jobs Act and Small Business Innovation Research program, and cosponsored legislation to help small businesses sell products overseas. Jeanne led the fight to extend unemployment benefits and mitigate foreclosure for struggling families, and has secured major funding to support veterans. From her post on the Energy Committee, she pushed for a national energy policy that would create jobs, cut costs for businesses and consumers, reduce pollution, and end subsidies for Big Oil.
A Decisive Victory, Despite GOP Mischief
In 2008, Jeanne defeated a sitting GOP senator despite being heavily attacked and outspent. Out of any better ideas in 2014, Republicans brought in former Republican Senator Scott Brown, who lost his Massachusetts Senate seat to EMILY’s List champion Elizabeth Warren in 2012. Brown moving to New Hampshire to challenge Jeanne reopened the floodgates for National Republicans and their right-wing, deep-pocketed allies, who poured millions of dollars into the race to attack Jeanne and try to win the seat back. Fortunately, Jeanne had a strong record of fighting for New Hampshire to run on and The EMILY’s List community had her back, raising $1 million for her campaign. WOMEN VOTE! targeted women voters through radio, direct mail, online, and television advertising to encourage them to vote for Jeanne. Thanks to this community, Jeanne Shaheen made history as the first woman to be reelected to the Senate from New Hampshire and Scott Brown made history as the first person to lose Senate races to two different women.