House, New Hampshire, District #1
33 Lowell Street,
Manchester, NH 03101
On November 7, 2006, Shea-Porter defeated incumbent Republican Jeb Bradley in the 2006 midterm elections in an upset victory to become the first woman elected to Congress from New Hampshire.
As a member of the Armed Services committee, Shea-Porter has been active in veterans' issues. She was a lead co-sponsor of a bill to protect US troops from the disposal of toxic waste in open burn pits. She also introduced a bill to study urological war wounds. About 3% of combat wounds in Iraq involve soldiers' genital or urinary systems. She also won expanded healthcare for NH veterans.
Shea-Porter supports a clean and renewable energy policy to decrease U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources and agrees with a number of the objectives of financier and oil magnate T. Boone Pickens on these matters including continuance of emissions trading measures, a system already in effect for her constituency in the form of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative begun in 2003 by Republican governor George Pataki of New York. She voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act.
Shea-Porter voted for the Affordable Health Care for America Act in 2009, and was active in efforts to close the "donut hole" in Medicare reimbursements for senior citizens.
Shea-Porter received a perfect score of 100% from the New Hampshire Association for Retired Americans for her support for 10 issues supported by the special interest group, referencing her votes in favor of blocking Social Security privatization, lowering Medicare costs, expanding access to affordable health care, stopping oil price gouging, and protecting voting rights.
The House Armed Service Committee
-Military Personnel Subcommittee
The House Natural Resources Committee
-Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
-Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs
Bicameral Congressional Arthritis Caucus, Congressional Army Aviation Caucus, Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, Congressional Diabetes Caucus, Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus, Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, Congressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus, Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus, Congressional Native American Caucus, Congressional Navy and Marine Corps Caucus, Congressional PORTS Caucus, Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, Congressional Social Work Caucus, Congressional STEAM Caucus, Congressional Submarine Caucus, Congressional TRIO Caucus, Electronic Warfare Working Group, Hellenic Caucus, House Army Caucus, House Military Depot, Arsenal, Ammunition Plant and Industrial Facilities Caucus, House National Guard & Reserve Components Caucus, House Northern Border Caucus, House Small Business Caucus, House Trade Working Group, Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, Military Veterans Caucus, Northeast Water, Air, and Waste Management Caucus and the USO Congressional Caucus