Jeanne Shaheen

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Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen is a Democratic member of the United States Senate, representing New Hampshire.

Shaheen was sworn-in as a member of the United States Senate in January 2009. She chairs the Committee on Foreign Relations' Subcommittee on European Affairs, and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Water and Power. Shaheen is also a member of the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.[1]


The first woman in history to be elected a Governor and a United States Senator, Jeanne Shaheen has been involved in all levels of New Hampshire life. She taught in a New Hampshire high school, chaired the Town of Madbury's zoning board and served three terms in the State Senate. Shaheen became the first woman elected Governor of New Hampshire, serving three terms from 1997-2003. In 2008 Shaheen became the first woman elected to the United States Senate from New Hampshire.

Although neither of Senator Shaheen’s parents graduated from college, her father worked his way up to a management position in the shoe manufacturing business and her mother worked as a secretary in their local church.

After attending public schools, Senator Shaheen received a bachelor's degree from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and a master's degree from the University of Mississippi.[2]

Hart campaign

In 1984 Jeanne Shaheen ran Gary Hart's 1984 campaign in New Hampshire. In 1980 she ran Jimmy Carter's campaign.[3]

Obama for America, National Co-Chair

February 22, 2012, Obama for America, announced the selection of the campaign’s National Co-Chairs, a diverse group of leaders from around the country committed to re-electing President Obama. The co-chairs will serve as ambassadors for the President, advise the campaign on key issues, and help engage and mobilize voters in all 50 states.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen – U.S. Senator from New Hampshire , was on the list.[4]


Planned Parenthood

Shaheen received $1000 in lobbying funds from Planned Parenthood in 2008.

EMILY's List

Shaheen was supported by EMILY's List during her campaign.

Supported by Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Jeanne Shaheen in her successful 2008 Senate run as candidate for New Hampshire.[5] She has also been previously supported by the Council.[6]

Council for a Livable World 2020


The Council for a Livable World endorsed Jeanne Shaheen in her 2020 bid for the US senate from New Hampshire.

Jeanne Shaheen is a history maker: she is the first woman in U.S. history to serve as Governor and U.S. Senator. Council for a Livable World has endorsed her in each of her Senate campaigns.
She currently serves on both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee, and is the only woman on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

She was a strong supporter of President Obama’s New START Treaty to reduce Russian and American nuclear weapons arsenals. She voted for the Iran nuclear agreement, and has demanded congressional action before any new military action against Iran. This year, she has supported amendments to limit Trump nuclear weapons programs.
Senator Shaheen could face a tough race. New Hampshire politics have been some of the most volatile in the nation, as the state has alternated for more than the past decade between the two parties. Hillary Clinton captured the state by fewer than 3,000 votes and it will be a presidential battleground in 2020.

2014 endorsement


By early 2013, the Council for a Livable World had already endorsed Jeanne Shaheen for her 2014 race.

Shaheen has quickly proved to be a leader on Council issues. As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and chair of the Subcommittee on European Affairs, Senator Shaheen was a prominent advocate of New START, the nuclear reduction treaty.
Shaheen supports ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, opposes building a new generation of nuclear weapons and supports the Kissinger-Shultz-Nunn-Perry vision of moving toward a world free of nuclear weapons.
Jeanne Shaheen was born in St. Charles, Missouri. She earned a B.A. in English from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania in 1969 and a master's degree in political science from the University of Mississippi in 1973. She taught high school in Mississippi and New Hampshire and operated a small business. For years, Shaheen was very active with NARAL, a pro-choice organization.

In 1996, Shaheen was elected to serve as Governor of New Hampshire, and she was easily re-elected twice. After leaving the Governor's office, she served as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and as national chair of John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.[7]

Credit for New START treaty

According to the Council for a Livable World, in December 2010, After a battle that lasted many months, the Senate voted 71-26 to give its advice and consent to the New START Resolution of Ratification.

The effort to win the Senate’s two-thirds majority was like riding a roller coaster, with optimism followed by pessimism followed by optimism and back and forth.
Ultimately, the vote was a remarkably bipartisan victory in an intensely hyper-partisan atmosphere. It is a victory for the consensus of former national security officials of both parties and both active duty and retired military.
Ratification of the treaty is only the beginning. The U.S. and Russia should take advantage of the momentum created by the approval of New START to pursue negotiations on reductions in all types of nuclear warheads, including non-deployed and non-strategic warheads, in a timely manner.

Lots of credit goes to Senators Kerry and Lugar (R-IN), who managed the treaty, other Senators who have been active for the treaty such as Casey (D-PA), Shaheen (D-NH), Cardin (D-MD), Franken (D-MN) and others, the Obama Administration who put together a terrific campaign (and I will not name everyone because there are too many to name) and a terrific effort by the arms control community.[8]

21st Century Democrats support

21st Century Democrats is a Political Action Committee that has stood for Progressive causes for over 20 years. Founded in 1986 by Institute for Policy Studies affiliate, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, Democratic Socialists of America affiliates, former Texas Agriculture Secretary Jim Hightower, and former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans. Its three main goals are to help elect progressive candidates, train young people about grassroots organizing, and lastly, to continue to support our elected officials after Election Day "through our comprehensive progressive network".

Long time Board chair was Democratic Socialists of America member Jim Scheibel, a former Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The mission of 21st Century Democrats is to build a "farm team" of progressive populists who will be the future leaders of the Democratic Party.

In each election cycle, we endorse a diverse array of candidates who exemplify our values and show unusual promise to advance our progressive goals. We invest in some of the most competitive races as well as in some of the most challenging – those in which the candidates are outstanding but the traditional Democratic supporters are most reticent. We back candidates in primaries as well as general election races, and we focus the bulk of our resources on electing challengers and protecting vulnerable incumbents.[9]

Shaheen was one of 71 key progressives endorsed by 21st Century Democrats in the 2008 election cycle, second round. [10]21st Century Democrats endorsed Jeanne Shaheen for Senator from New Hampshire in 2014.[11]

As Governor of New Hampshire, Senator Shaheen signed historic civil rights legislation and anti-discrimination laws, allowing gays and lesbians to become foster and adoptive parents. She established a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, ending the state’s embarrassing status as the only state in the nation not to recognize Dr. King’s birthday as an official holiday. She also increased protections for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
As Senator, she championed history-making legislation known as the Shaheen Amendment, which provides health insurance coverage for abortion for women serving in the military who are victims of rape or incest. She has been outspoken in the fight to stop sexual assault in the military and was a leader in the effort to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
She is cosponsoring legislation to stop employers from forcing pregnant women out of the workplace or denying them reasonable accommodations so they can continue working.
She is a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act and cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. And she has introduced legislation to expand the childcare tax credit to help working families cope with the rising cost of child care. And Jeanne is a co-sponsor of legislation to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case, legislation that will protect women’s rights to birth control and contraception.

Jeanne Shaheen was endorsed by 21st Century Democrats in 2020.

Trade with Cuba

In 2009 Sen. Mary Landrieu joined four other senators to push for more small business opportunities with Cuba.

Landrieu, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, wrote to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner requesting that changes in American telecommunications policy toward Cuba include access to new exports and opportunities for U.S. small businesses.

In April, President Barack Obama announced of a series of changes to limits on travel and gifts from the U.S. to Cuba, as well as the authorization of greater telecommunications links between the two countries.

The letter was also signed by Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

"As the administration negotiates with the Cuban government and comes up with new regulations, we would respectfully request your consideration to make U.S. small business interests a priority in these discussions," the senators wrote. "Small businesses are the engine of the American economy and, now more than ever, deserve a level playing field for new opportunities in Cuba. "

Specifically, the senators asked about five specific administration policies relating to small business participation in telecommunications activities in Cuba:

  • Whether U.S. Small Business Administration and Export-Import Bank loans would be eligible to be used for authorized small business activities with Cuba;
  • The specific roles that federal agencies such as the Department of Commerce, Export-Import Bank and SBA could play in promoting U.S. small business exports/activities in Cuba;
  • Whether the administration, as provided by the Regulatory Flexibility Act when a trade is likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small companies in an industry sector, will work with the SBA Office of Advocacy to seek streamlined rules and licensing requirements for U.S. small business activities to Cuba;
  • Whether the administration plans to issue an online accessible step-by-step small business guide on doing business with Cuba under the new guidelines; such a document could outline banking procedures, business travel, claims, regulatory licensing and other relevant issues; and - Whether the administration plans to encourage the Cuban government to support joint ventures between Cuban and U.S. small businesses on these projects.[12]

Staffer's 2010 trip to Cuba

Rep. Shaheen sent Maura Keefe, to Cuba for 3 days in March/April 2010. The trip was courtesy of a $$2,127.40 grant from the Institute for Policy Studies connected Center for Democracy in the Americas... "Fact-finding mission to understand the importance and culture of U.S. policy toward Cuba" .[13]

Equal Opportunity for All Act

Job-hunters are increasingly being asked to agree to allow potential employers to view their personal credit information, a development that Sen. Elizabeth Warren says is unfairly keeping people out of the job market who've had financial setbacks or have reports that contain inaccurate information.

December 17, 2013 Warren introduced The Equal Opportunity for All Act in Congress, which would outlaw such credit checks in many cases except in areas such as national security. Warren told reporters in a conference call sponsored by the Demos Foundation, a liberal think-tank, that the legislation was long overdue.

"This is about basic fairness," said the first-term legislator, adding that many people have had their credit records tarnished during the recent economic downturn. "There is little to no evidence of any correlation between job performance and a credit score."

The bill is co-sponsored by by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D.-Vt., Edward Markey, D-Mass., Sherrod Brown, D.-Ohio, Jeanne Shaheen, D.-N.H., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. [14]

Peace Action support

In the 2014 mid terms, six of the eight pro-peace candidates in battlegrounds that Peace Action prioritized won election: Senators Jeff Merkley (OR), Al Franken (MN), Gary Peters (MI), Jeanne Shaheen (NH) and House members Mike Honda (CA) and Rick Nolan (MN). [The two who lost Bruce Braley (IA) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH).][15]

You may have heard that control of the Senate is up for grabs. Peace Action is non-partisan. For example, earlier this year we endorsed Walter Jones (R-NC) because of his tireless work to bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan and to cut the Pentagon budget. That said, it is clear that a Republican controlled Senate would not have passed the New START Treaty a few years ago and would not be good for Peace Action issues.
It is for that reason that we are supporting candidates in several close Senate races like Gary Peters in Michigan, Bruce Braley in Iowa and Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire.[16]

WAND support

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a champion for WAND’s peace and security issues. In 2011, Sen. Shaheen was the Torchbearer recipient at the WAND/WiLL Biennial Conference, and she is an original co-sponsor of the Women, Peace, and Security Act.

WAND backed Shaheen in her 2014 Senate race;

WAND is committed to helping Senator Shaheen return to the Senate, where she has been a strong voice for our priorities. She earned a 92% on the Council for a Livable World’s 2009-12 scorecard, has provided leadership on key committees of Foreign Relations, Armed Services and Appropriations. She was a strong supporter of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START); supports diplomacy with Iran; and also has been a champion for women, peace, and security.[17]

JStreet endorsement

The socialist infiltrated, anti-Israel "two state solution" JStreet PAC endorsed Jeanne Shaheen in her 2014 Senate run from New Hampshire. [18]

JStreet endorsed her again in 2016.

In the Senate, Shaheen serves on the Foreign Relations, Appropriations, Armed Services and Small Business Committees. She has been a leader in the Senate on national security issues and a vocal proponent of US leadership toward a two-state agreement.[19]



February 2013 New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans board members and staff meet with Senator Jeanne Shaheen to discuss Social Security and Medicare.[20]

NHARA endorsement


The New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans honored Social Security's birthday by endorsing Senator Jeanne Shaheen for re-election at an event in Manchester, New Hampshire, August 14, 2014.

Honduras letter

On Thursday, May 23, 2013, U.S. Senator Cardin (D-MD) circulated a Senate sign-on "Dear Colleague" letter to Secretary of State John Kerry addressing deepening concerns about Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Honduras.

The letter states that violence and impunity for state security forces in Honduras has reached intolerable levels and cites concerns related to extrajudicial killings, linkages to death squads, and increasing militarization of civilian law enforcement. The letter also raises the concern that State Department certifications intended to ensure that U.S. foreign aid supports the rule of law in Honduras may contradict the reality on the ground.

The letter asks State Department to:

  • provide Congress with a detailed assessment of the efficacy of current Honduran government efforts to address this issue as mandated by FY12 Appropriations language;
  • conduct a detailed review of specific State Department actions to help ensure that no U.S. funds are being used to support police implicated in human rights violations; and
  • make every reasonable effort to help ensure that Honduras' upcoming November 2013 elections are free, fair and peaceful.[21]

In addition to Cardin, the letter was cosigned by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Udall (D-CO), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Michael F. Bennet (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).[22]

Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

S 299, the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015, principal sponsors are Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.[23]

By May 20, it had accumulated 33 co-sponsors, including 26 Democrats - Sheldon Whitehouse, Tom Udall, Dick Durbin, Thomas Carper, Amy Klobuchar, Barbara Boxer, Jack Reed, Debbie Stabenow, Jeff Merkley, Chris Murphy, Benjamin Cardin, Chris Coons, Dianne Feinstein, Jeanne Shaheen, Sherrod Brown, Mazie Hirono, Brian Schatz, Tammy Baldwin, Ed Markey, Heidi Heitkamp, Jon Tester, Claire McCaskill, Ron Wyden, Tim Kaine, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Bennet, Martin Heinrich . [24]

The "Jihad" Caucus

In May 205, a group of 14 U.S. senators, led by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to allow 65,000 Syrians into the United States as refugees. This would require a dramatic expansion of the refugee program, and virtually guarantee that a sizable number of ISIS fighters would slip in among them. Frank Gaffney's Center for Security Policy called these Senators the "Jihad Caucus" because practically speaking, Jihad is what this request will bring.

The 14 senators demanding this massive influx of Syrians were: Dick Durbin, Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken, Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, Patty Murray, Robert Menendez, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeanne Shaheen, Chris Coons, Tim Kaine, Ed Markey, Sherrod Brown, and Mazie Hirono.

These same 14 had sent another letter in April Demanding action on the Syrians.[25]

IAPAC money

Senator Jeanne Shaheen received money from the Iranian American Political Action Committee during the 2014 election cycle.[26]

Iran deal/Iranian money

In August 2015, Senator Ed Markey announced his support for the Iran deal that would let the Iran inspect its own Parchin nuclear weapons research site, conduct uranium enrichment, build advanced centrifuges, buy ballistic missiles, fund terrorism and have a near zero breakout time to a nuclear bomb.

Markey had topped the list of candidates supported by the Iran Lobby. And the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) had maxed out its contributions to his campaign.

Al Franken, another IAPAC backed politician who also benefited from Iran Lobby money, came out for Iran deal as well.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the Iran Lobby’s third Democratic senator, also came out for the deal even though she only got half the IAPAC cash that Franken and Markey received.

As did Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who had benefited from IAPAC money back when she first ran for senator.[27]

Single Payer Bill

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled Wednesday September 13, 2017 a new version of his plan to give everybody government-run health insurance, potentially opening a new chapter in the ongoing debate over how to make health care in the U.S. more affordable and available.

The plan calls for an overhaul of American health insurance with a souped-up, more generous version of Medicare replacing nearly all private health insurance ― and government exerting far more control over the cost of medical care. It would arguably be the most ambitious social welfare initiative in U.S. history, but Sanders told HuffPost in an interview Tuesday that he believes America is ready for it.

“The American people are catching on to where the Republicans are coming from, they see the limitations of the Affordable Care Act and they’re looking at the alternatives,” Sanders said. “And this is a rational alternative.”

That roster of co-sponsors includes a who’s-who list of potential Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, including Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Also backing the bill are Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Al Franken of Minnesota, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall of New Mexico, Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.[28]

DSA lobbying Senate and Congress

Southern NH DSA May 24 2019·


We sat down with staff from the offices of both Senator Shaheen & Senator Hassan this week to discuss the Sanders Medicare for All Act of 2019.

Sen Shaheen has not ruled out cosponsoring in this session, but both Senators and their staff want more phones calls.

We've been so busy turning out hundreds of calls and letters a month to Rep Chris Pappas and Rep Ann McLane Kuster that we overlooked our colleagues in the Senate. Let's get those phones ringing!

We'd like to thank both of the Senator's staff for taking the time to meet with us and our partners. We look forward to both of our Senator's sponsorship of this incredibly important legislation.

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