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terms as New Hampshire governor, she expanded access to kindergarten, required insurers to cover contraception, and repealed a 150-year-old law making abortion a felony.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 Top GOP Target
In 2008, Jeanne defeated a sitting GOP senator despite being heavily attacked and outspent. Now Republicans are looking for payback — and their right-wing, deep-pocketed allies are gearing up for another spending spree. They’ve even gone so far as to ship in a familiar opponent. Having lost his Massachusetts Senate seat to EMILY’s List champion Elizabeth Warren in 2012, former Republican Senator Scott Brown has moved to New Hampshire to challenge Jeanne. Brown hasn’t taken the time to change his Massachusetts license plates, but he thinks he can defeat a Senator with deep roots in the Granite State. EMILY’s List already knows how to defeat Scott Brown and with the unified support from the EMILY’s List community we can do it again and keep New Hampshire’s champion for women and families in the Senate!