Jeanne (Jeanne) Shaheen (D)
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Capitol: 202.224.2841
FAX: 202.228.3194
District: 603.647.7500
Room 506 HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building 120 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-2906

Residence: Madbury, NH
Elected: 2008    Next Election: 2026
Spouse: William (Bill) Shaheen   DOB: 1/28/1947
Committee Assignments
ChairmanSenate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Co-ChairSenate Diabetes Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Sugar Reform Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Study Group on Germany
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
Co-ChairSenate Navy Caucus
Co-ChairSenate NATO Observer Group
Co-ChairCongressional America 250 Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Armed Services
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Seapower
MemberSenate Committee on Foreign Relations
MemberSenate Select Committee on Ethics
MemberSenate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
FC MemberModerate Democrats Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Serbian American Caucus
FC MemberSenate Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
FC MemberSenate Community Health Center Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy
Co-Vice ChairSenate Ukraine Caucus
FC MemberFormer Governors Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
MemberSenate Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberSenate Women's Caucus on Burma
FC MemberSenate Caucus to End Human Trafficking
FC MemberSenate Working Forests Caucus
FC MemberSenate Climate Solutions Caucus
FC MemberCommon Sense Coalition
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Department of Defense
MemberJoint Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
FC MemberSenate Rural Health Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Members Group
FC MemberSenate General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
FC MemberSenate Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberSenate ALS Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberSenate Caucus on WMD Terrorism (Weapons of Mass Destruction)
FC MemberSenate Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (Senate)
FC MemberSenate Military Family Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Senate Coalition
FC MemberSenate Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberSenate Veterans Jobs Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Service Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberSenate Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberSenate Bipartisan Task for Combating Anti-Semitism
FC MemberSenate India Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberSenate Cultural Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus


The first woman in U.S. history to be elected both a Governor and a United States Senator, Jeanne Shaheen has been committed to serving the citizens of New Hampshire and is known for her common-sense leadership, hard work and dedication to improving the lives of the middle class. She has served in the United States Senate since 2009 and is a member of the Senate Committees on Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Appropriations, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

As a former small business owner, Senator Shaheen has worked to keep the U.S. economy competitive in the global marketplace through her efforts on the Small Business Committee and through legislation such as the Small Business Jobs Act and the Small Business Innovation Research program. The first New Hampshire Governor to lead trade missions outside North America, Senator Shaheen has also co-sponsored legislation to help small businesses sell their products overseas. Her annual Experience New Hampshire event in Washington, D.C., gives New Hampshire businesses a forum to showcase their products and services.

Senator Shaheen has become a champion for families facing hardship. She led Senate efforts to pass a critical extension of unemployment benefits to help struggling families. Her state staff has made it a priority to help out-of-work families navigate the federal bureaucracy, including thousands of families facing foreclosure.

To strengthen the economy in the long term, Senator Shaheen is committed to addressing the federal government's long-term deficits. In the Senate, energy efficiency has remained a priority for Shaheen and she has introduced a bipartisan debt-reduction plan, and has introduced bills to reform our budget process, and to phase out unnecessary subsidies for U.S. sugar growers and for gold and silver mining. She cosponsored measures to cut government spending on vehicles by 20 percent and to eliminate unneeded tax breaks for major oil companies and ethanol production.

As a long-standing advocate for energy efficiency, Shaheen created programs while Governor that saved New Hampshire families and businesses over $1 billion through energy efficiency. In the Senate, Shaheen introduced bipartisan legislation that would create a national energy efficiency strategy to foster job creation, save businesses and consumers money and reduce pollution. She was successful in passing several provisions of her energy efficiency plan that will help businesses create jobs and consumers reduce energy costs. According to a study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Shaheen-Portman is estimated to create more than 190,000 jobs, save consumers $16.2 billion a year and cut CO2 emissions and other air pollutants by the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road - all by 2030.

As Ranking Member and the former chair of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development and the former chair of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, Senator Shaheen was an outspoken proponent of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). She helped to secure its ratification, enabling the U.S. to resume critical inspections of Russia's nuclear arsenal.

As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Shaheen has also continued the work she began as Governor to protect jobs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Pease International Tradeport and New Hampshire's defense-related companies. She has worked to ensure that policies supporting our active-duty troops are accessible to our National Guard forces and their families as well. As a member of the committee, Shaheen is in a strong position to advocate for military families and programs that are important to New Hampshire and the nation - including the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Pease Air National Guard Base.

Shaheen also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. After balancing a budget as a mother, small business owner, and governor, Senator Shaheen understands that every dollar we spend must deliver results. She is committed to fiscal responsibility and knows that public officials have a fundamental duty to make sure taxpayer money is used effectively and efficiently.

Shaheen served as Governor of New Hampshire from 1997 to 2003. During her time in the statehouse, she helped create nearly 67,000 new jobs while keeping New Hampshire's tax burden the lowest in the country. (Learn more about Jeanne Shaheen's three terms as Governor.) Between her time as Governor and election to the U.S. Senate, Shaheen served as the Director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.

Shaheen was born in Saint Charles, Missouri. Her father worked his way up to a management position in a shoe company and her mother worked as a secretary in their local church. After attending public schools, Shaheen received a bachelor's degree from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and a master's degree from the University of Mississippi. She and her husband, Bill, live in Madbury and have three daughters, Stefany, Stacey and Molly, and seven grandchildren.