Jeanne Shaheen

Born:January 28, 1947 (age 73)
Career:U.S. Senate, 2009-present
Governor of New Hampshire, 1997-2003
New Hampshire state Senate, 1992-1996
State:New Hampshire
Education:Shippensburg University
University of Mississippi

Jeanne Shaheen assumed office as a United States senator for New Hampshire in January 2009. Shaheen is the first female U.S. senator from New Hampshire, the first woman to be elected governor of New Hampshire, and the first woman to be elected as both a U.S. governor and a U.S. senator.

Shaheen was born January 28, 1947, in Saint Charles, Missouri. She received her bachelor's degree from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and her master's degree from the University of Mississippi. Prior to entering politics, Shaheen taught high school and owned a small business.

From 1992 until 1996, Shaheen served as a member of the New Hampshire Senate for the 21st District. In 1996, she was elected governor of New Hampshire. As governor, Shaheen worked for affordable education, for affordable health coverage and for job creation. During her six years as governor, her focus on the economy led to the creation of nearly 67,000 new jobs and the third highest high tech employment in the nation. New Hampshire also became the tenth state to add sexual orientation to the anti-discrimination laws.

In 2002, Shaheen ran for the United States Senate, losing to Republican John E. Sununu in the general election. She then served as director of the Harvard Institute of Politics, before resigning to run for the U.S. Senate again in 2008, this time defeating Sununu.

For information on Shaheen's policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation in the U.S. Senate, please visit her profile on


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