U.S. Senate (D-NH)
Jeanne Shaheen is the senior United States Senator from New Hampshire. She is the first woman in U.S. history to be elected as both a Governor and U.S. Senator. She was the first woman to be elected Governor of New Hampshire, serving from 1997 to 2003. Prior to her election to the Senate, Shaheen served as Director of the Harvard Institute of Politics. 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.
Shaheen was born in Saint Charles, Missouri. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree from the University of Mississippi. Shaheen taught high school in Mississippi and moved to New Hampshire in 1973, where she taught school and owned a small business. She is the wife of Lebanese-American attorney and political operative Bill Shaheen. They have three children.
Shaheen was a cosponsor of the DREAM Act during the 112th Congress. She believes that commonsense immigration reform is long overdue and supports a comprehensive approach that includes visas for skilled workers and earned citizenship for undocumented aliens.
Marital Status: Married (Bill)
Prev. Occupation: Small Business Owner, Teacher
Prev. Political Exp.: NH Senate, 1990-96; NH Governor, 1997-2003
Education: BA Shippensburg University, 1969; MSS University of MS, 1973
Birthplace: St. Charles, MO