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Jeanne ShaheenDEMDemocrat United States Senator
76
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26
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NHResidence (state)

Cynthia Jeanne Shaheen (shə-HEEN; née Bowers, born January 28, 1947) is an American retired educator and politician serving as the senior United States senator from New Hampshire since 2009. A member of the Democratic Party, Shaheen served as the 78th governor of New Hampshire from 1997 to 2003. She was the first woman elected governor of New Hampshire, the first woman elected to the Senate from New Hampshire, and the first woman elected as both a governor and a U.S. senator.After serving two terms in the New Hampshire Senate, Shaheen was elected governor in 1996 and reelected in 1998 and 2000. In 2002, she unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate against Republican nominee John E. Sununu. She served as director of the Harvard Institute of Politics before resigning to run for the U.S. Senate again in the 2008 election, defeating Sununu in a rematch. She is the dean of New Hampshire's congressional delegation, serving in Congress since 2009. Shaheen became the first Democratic senator from New Hampshire since John A. Durkin, who was defeated in 1980. In 2014, she became the second Democrat from New Hampshire to be reelected to the Senate and the first since Thomas J. McIntyre in 1972. She was reelected to a third term in 2020, defeating Republican nominee Bryant Messner.

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Campaign Funding

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$16,663,863
Total Raised
$16,571,786
Total Spent
$467,428
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Lawyers/Law Firms$728,782
92%
Retired$673,885
81%
Women's Issues$598,327
64%
Leadership PACs$474,600
49%
Securities & Investment$359,987
48%
Real Estate$352,092
46%
Lobbyists$341,774
38%
Education$276,160
32%
TV/Movies/Music$235,045
30%
Health Professionals$217,756
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education4 - 4 of 2
University of Mississippi
MSS Political Science
1973
Shippensburg State College
BA English
1969
Past Positions1 - 11 of 11
Senator
United States Senate, New Hampshire
2009 - Current
Governor
State of New Hampshire
1997 - 2003
Senator
New Hampshire State Senate
1990 - 1996
Director
Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
2005 - 2007
National Chair
John Kerry for President
2004
Campaign Manager
Paul McEachon, New Hampshire Governor
1986
Campaign Manager
Paul McEachon, New Hampshire Governor
1988
Campaign Manager
Gary Hart, New Hampshire Primary
1984
Director
University of New Hampshire Parents Association
1982 - 1984
Co-Director
International Children's Festival
1980 - 1982
Campaign Manager
Carter/Mondale Campaign, New Hampshire Primary
1980
Other Experience1 - 6 of 6
Chair
Madbury, New Hampshire Zoning Board of Adjustment
Member
Executive Committee, Democratic State Committee, New Hampshire
Former Member
Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy and Environmental Policy, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development Subcommittee, United States Senate
Member
Senate Rural Health Care Caucus