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Jeanne Shaheen

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In office
January 9, 1997 – January 9, 2003
Preceded by Steve Merrill
Succeeded by Craig Benson

Born January 28, 1947 (1947-01-28) (age 60)
St. Charles, Missouri
Political party Democratic
Spouse Bill Shaheen
Profession Politician

Jeanne Shaheen (born January 28, 1947) was the first woman to be elected governor of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. She currently serves as Director of the Harvard Institute of Politics. See also New Hampshire Province of New Hampshire List of Colonial Governors of New Hampshire I am a doodlebug Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of New Hampshire ... is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stephen E. (Steve) Merrill (born June 21, 1946) is an American lawyer and Republican politician from Manchester, New Hampshire. ... Craig Benson (born October 8, 1954) is an American politician and businessman. ... January 28 is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... !-- Infobox begins --> St. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... January 28 is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...  Female Republican Governor  Female Democratic Governor  Female Republican and Democratic Governor Twenty-nine women have been or are currently serving as the governor of an American state, including two in an acting capacity. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the... Official language(s) English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Area  Ranked 46th  - Total 9,359 sq mi (24,239 km²)  - Width 68 miles (110 km)  - Length 190 miles (305 km)  - % water 3. ... The Kennedy family and its friends founded Harvards Institute of Politics (IOP) to serve as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy shortly after his death. ...


Shaheen was born Jeanne Bowers in Saint Charles, Missouri and received a bachelor's degree in English from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree from the University of Mississippi. She taught high school in Mississippi and moved to New Hampshire in 1973, where she taught school and owned a small business. A Democrat, she worked on several campaigns before running for office in 1990, when she was elected to the state Senate. In 1996, 1998, and 2000 she was elected governor of NH. !-- Infobox begins --> St. ... Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, commonly known as Ship, Sburg, ShippyU, or SU, is a public university located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 40 miles (64 km) west-southwest of Harrisburg. ... The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ...


In April 2005, Shaheen was named director of Harvard's Institute of Politics, succeeding former U.S. Representative (and current MPAA head) Dan Glickman. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ... Daniel Robert Dan Glickman (born November 24, 1944) is an American politician. ...


Shaheen and her husband Bill, a prominent New Hampshire lawyer and co-founder of the Shaheen & Gordon Law Firm, have three children.

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Governor of NH, 1996 - 2002

Shaheen's original decision to run for NH Governor came after the retirement of Republican Governor Steve Merrill. Her opponent in 1996 was Ovide P. Lamontagne, then chairman of the State Board of Education. Shaheen ran as a moderate. Her campaign centered on the problems of NH's schools and her pledge to expand kindergartens so that more children statewide could benefit from them. She defeated Lamontagne by 57 to 40 percent. [1]


In 1996, Shaheen was the first woman elected governor of New Hampshire. In 1998, she was overwhelmingly re-elected by a margin of 66 to 31 percent. [2]


In both 1996 and 1998, Shaheen pledged to veto any new broad-based taxes for NH, which taxes neither sales nor its residents' earned income. A school-funding crisis, however, challenged the state's reliance on property taxes. [3]


Running for a third term in 2000, Shaheen refused to renew that no-new-taxes pledge, becoming the first NH governor in 38 years to win election without making that pledge. Shaheen's preferred solution to the school-funding problem was not a broad-based tax but legalized video-gambling at state racetracks--a solution repeatedly rejected by the NH legislature. [4]


Shaheen's 2000 opponent Gordon Humphrey also criticized Shaheen's record of support for abortion rights and civil rights for gay people. Gordon John Humphrey (born October 9, 1940) is an American politician, who served two terms in the Senate as a Republican from New Hampshire, from 1979 to 1991, and twice ran for Governor of New Hampshire. ...


2000 presidential race and vice presidential speculation

During the 2000 Democratic presidential primary in NH, Governor Shaheen expressed support for Al Gore and her husband Bill Shaheen served as Gore's NH campaign manager. Gore won a narrow but critical victory in the NH primary over Bill Bradley. [5] This article discusses the primary elections to nominate candidates for the 2000 U.S. presidential election. ... Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Gore named Jeanne Shaheen to his short list of potential vice presidential nominees, which also included Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, then-North Carolina Senator John Edwards, then-House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, California Senator Dianne Feinstein and former Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin. Shaheen quickly acknowledged that, while appreciative of the speculation, she would not be a candidate for vice president, and she urged the Gore campaign to withdraw her name from consideration. Gore went on to tap Lieberman as his running mate. Birch Evans Evan Bayh III (last name pronounced buy) (born December 26, 1955) is an American politician who has served as the junior U.S. Senator from Indiana since 1999 and a former Governor of Indiana. ... Johnny Reid John Edwards [1] (born June 10, 1953), is an American politician who was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2004 and a one-term U.S. Senator from North Carolina. ... Richard Andrew Dick Gephardt (born January 31, 1941) is senior counsel at the global law firm DLA Piper and a former prominent American politician of the Democratic Party. ... Thomas Richard Tom Harkin (born November 19, 1939) is a Democratic Senator from Iowa, serving in his fourth senate term. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ... Joseph Isadore Lieberman (born February 24, 1942) is an American politician from Connecticut. ... There have been several well-known people named George Mitchell, including: George Mitchell (musician) George J. Mitchell (politician) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (born June 22, 1933) is currently the senior U.S. Senator from California, having held office as a Senator since 1992. ... Robert R. Rubin Robert Edward Rubin (born August 29, 1938) is an American financier, businessman, and politican who served as the 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury during President Clintons administration. ...


2002 campaign for U.S. Senate

She served three two-year terms before stepping down to run for the U.S. Senate in 2002 when she was defeated by Republican John E. Sununu, by a 47% to 51% margin. In June 2004, former Republican consultant Allen Raymond pleaded guilty to jamming Democratic Party lines set up to get New Hampshire Democrats to the polls in 2002, an action that some (most notably former Senator Bob Smith, who Sununu had defeated in the Republican primary [6]) believe may have contributed to Shaheen's narrow loss. A judge sentenced him to five months in jail in February 2005. Chuck McGee, the former state GOP chair, was sentenced to seven months for his role. Republican hold in light red, Republican pickup in dark red, Democratic hold in light blue, Democratic pickup in dark blue. ... John Edward Sununu (born September 10, 1964) is a Republican United States Senator from New Hampshire. ... Allen Raymond is the Republican political consultant in the United States who spent three months in federal prison for his role in the 2002 New Hampshire Senate election phone jamming scandal. ... The 2002 New Hampshire Senate election phone jamming scandal involves the use of a telemarketing firm hired by that states Republican Party (NHGOP) for election tampering. ... Robert C. Bob Smith (born March 30, 1941) is an American politician who has served in both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. ...


Raymond alleged that James Tobin, Northeast field director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, masterminded the plot. In December 2005, Tobin was convicted of two federal felonies arising from the phone-jamming and sentenced to ten months in prison. Tobin's lawyers are appealing the verdict. Regional definitions vary The Northeastern United States is a region of the United States defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. ... The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is the Republican Hill committee for the United States Senate, working to elect Republicans to that body. ...


2004 presidential race

After a short time teaching at Harvard University (and a fellowship in the Institute of Politics with former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift), she was named national chair of John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign in September 2003. Kerry's campaign, stagnant at that point, won the nomination handily and Shaheen received much of the credit. Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... Jane Maria Swift (born February 24, 1965) is an American politician from Massachusetts. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ... This article is about the presidential campaign of John Kerry, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and the nominee of the Democratic Party to challenge Republican incumbent President George W. Bush in the U.S. presidential election on November 2, 2004. ...


Possible 2008 campaign for U.S. Senate

In late 2006 analysts looking ahead to the 2008 U.S. Senate races pointed to John E. Sununu's seat in New Hampshire as likely a competitive contest. Democratic Governor of New Hampshire John Lynch, who was re-elected with 74% of the vote in 2006, has ruled himself out of running against Sununu, leaving some to begin looking to Shaheen as the obvious candidate. Shaheen reportedly has not ruled out running against Sununu again. On March 18th, the Nashua Telegraph announced that several Democratic polls showed Shaheen the best candidate to defeat Sununu, who trailed the former Governor in several polls, one putting Shaheen ahead of Sununu by nearly 30 points (57-29). [7] This article or section contains speculation and may try to argue its points. ... John Edward Sununu (born September 10, 1964) is a Republican United States Senator from New Hampshire. ... See also New Hampshire Province of New Hampshire List of Colonial Governors of New Hampshire I am a doodlebug Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of New Hampshire ... John H. Lynch (b. ...


In early July 2007 through UNH, CNN and WMUR put out a poll regarding the New Hampshire 2008 Senate race. The poll showed that Gov. Shaheen would beat Sen. Sununu in a race (54-38). Other Democratic candidates do not have this type of lead at the moment over Sen. Sununu, which is leaving many to believe Gov. Shaheen is the right choice to beat Sen. Sununu in 2008.


In April 2007, Shaheen met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-New York) about a possible US Senate run. The Senators both said that she would have strong support from the DSCC if she ran. The move comes as a sign that Shaheen is more than likely to seek a rematch against Sununu. In June 2007, the Rothenburg Political Report stated that Shaheen is now "likely to run" for the US Senate. In addition, at the New Hampshire Democratic Convention -- former New Hampshire Democratic Chairwoman Kathy Sullivan announced that she was forming a draft movement of several legislators, activists and party organizers to convince Shaheen to run for the US Senate. Some of the announced candidates have said that they will yield to Shaheen if she announces plans to run. Shaheen's husband, Bill, said that Shaheen will make an announcement in September regarding her plans.


In 2004 and 2006 New Hampshire moved towards the Democrats at the national and local level; in 2004 it was the only one of George W. Bush's 2000 states that did not vote for him again, and in 2006 the Democrats recaptured the State Legislature for the first time since 1911. George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New Hampshire General Court is the state legislature of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. ...


Controversies

Stance in 2002 on Iraq War

In 2007, with the Iraq War increasingly unpopular in NH and elsewhere, Shaheen's support in 2002 for Iraq "regime change" has become controversial. [8]


Shaheen said that she came to supporting the policy of removing Saddam Hussien from power after meeting with former Clinton-administration National Security Advisor Sandy Berger. According to the Concord Monitor and Associated Press, the issue was a minor one in the race. Samuel R. Sandy Berger (born October 28, 1945) served as the 19th United States National Security Advisor under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001. ...


Shaheen later challenged George W. Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq. In September, 2004 she said George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ...

“George Bush has taken us in the wrong direction. He misled us into war in Iraq. That war has not made us safer and more secure at home… You know, we have not stabilized Afghanistan. We have not stabilized Iraq. There is no plan to win the peace.”

On July 28th 2004, while serving as Chair of the Kerry-Edwards Campaign, Gov. Shaheen answered questions about her prior support of the Iraq war during an interview on [9]C-SPAN.

"George Bush said that the reason we needed to go to war in Iraq, the reason we needed to remove Saddam Hussein was because he had weapons of mass destruction, weapons that could be used against this country, because he had ties to al Qaeda and the terrorists who were responsible for the Sept 11 tragedy. What we know now and what George Bush and Dick Cheney have admitted is that in fact Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction….The links to al Qaeda that the president talked about were not there….While I appreciate that there was an effort to make people in this county think that [there was a connection]…the fact is that’s not true."

Proposal for NH sales tax while governor

When Shaheen first ran for Governor of NH in 1996, she took the traditional NH "pledge" to veto any proposal for new taxes, as had every successful candidate for NH Governor over the past 30 years. In 1998, she renewed that pledge.


In 2000, during her third campaign for Governor, Shaheen told voters that she could no longer make that promise due to a crisis in school funding, "whatever the political cost." [10]


After being re-elected on that platform, Shaheen proposed a 2.5% sales tax to help fund school changes. This (unsuccessful) proposal during her third term has been described by Shaheen critics as breaking the tax pledge she made in 1996. [11]


External links

Official biography at Harvard's Institute of Politics

Preceded by
Stephen Merrill
Governor of New Hampshire
1997–2003
Succeeded by
Craig Benson

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Jeanne Shaheen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (303 words)
Jeanne Shaheen (born January 28, 1947) was the first woman to be elected governor of the U.S. state of New Hampshire.
In April 2005, Shaheen was named director of Harvard's Institute of Politics, succeeding former U.S. Representative (and current MPAA head) Dan Glickman.
Shaheen and her husband Bill, a prominent New Hampshire lawyer, have three children.
JAG - Board - Jeanne Shaheen (742 words)
Jeanne Shaheen was born in St. Charles, Mo. in 1947, the second of Ivan and Belle Bowers' three daughters.
Jeanne Shaheen was the first Democrat elected governor in sixteen years, and she was reelected in 1998 and 2000.
Shaheen and her husband of thirty years, Bill, live in Madbury and have three daughters, Stefany, Stacey and Molly.
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