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Birthdate: Dec. 2, 1952
Birth Place: New York , NY, United States
Residence: Rochester, NH
State: New Hampshire
District: District 1
Carol Shea-Porter was born in New York and lives in Rochester, N.H. She earned both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of New Hampshire and has worked as a social worker and community college instructor.
After living in Colorado, Louisiana and Maryland, Shea-Porter and her family returned to New Hampshire, where she became more active in politics, working for retired Gen. Wesley Clark's presidential campaign and volunteering for Sen. John Kerry in 2004.
Shea-Porter became the first woman elected to Congress from New Hampshire in 2006 when she defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Jeb Bradley. She was re-elected in 2008 in a rematch with Bradley and defeated in 2010 by Republican Frank Guinta.
She and her husband, Gene, have two children.
Carol Shea-Porter is used to rematches _ she defeated the same Republican twice to win two terms in Congress and now faces another Republican for the second time as she tries to win back New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District seat.
In 2006, Shea-Porter, a community activist with little money or recognition who had never run for office, relied on a network of volunteers and a strong anti-Iraq war message to upset Republican U.S. Rep. Jeb Bradley and become New Hampshire's first female member of Congress. She fended off a challenge from Bradley in 2008 but was defeated two years later by former Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta.
Now hoping to unseat Guinta, Shea-Porter is contrasting what she calls his tenure in a "do-nothing" Congress with her time in office. She has focused much of her criticism on Guinta's vote for 2012 vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan's conservative budget plan, and in her first campaign ad accuses Guinta of voting to cut billions from veterans programs.
While both Guinta and Shea-Porter have fought to bring a full-service veterans hospital to the state, Shea-Porter argues Guinta is now taking credit for reintroducing bills she sponsored in 2008 and 2009 that would require states to have access to at least one full-service veterans hospital or receive comparable services through other health care providers.
Shea-Porter's support for the 2010 health care reform bill was a flash point during the 2010 campaign, when she faced both supporters and angry constituents at several town hall-style meetings around the district. But she has continued to emphasize her support for it, saying it will lower health care costs and improve benefits for middle class families, increase quality and expand access to the uninsured.
Guinta defeated Shea-Porter by 12 percentage points in 2010, a year when New Hampshire Republicans surged into power by pressing anti-tax, limited-government themes. But Shea-Porter argues that that message has faded and that voters are looking for a return to a sense that someone in Congress is standing up for the middle class.
Source: Associated Press
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