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Jeanne Shaheen

Personal data
Date of birthJanuary 28, 1947(age 70)
Place of birthSt. Charles, Missouri
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseBill Shaheen
ResidenceMadbury, New Hampshire
Alma materShippensburg University (B.A.)
University of Mississippi (M.A.)
ProfessionTeacher
ReligionNon-Denominational Protestant
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2009
Serving with Kelly Ayotte
Preceded byJohn E. Sununu
88th Governor of New Hampshire
In officeJanuary 9, 1997 - January 9, 2003
Succeeded byCraig Benson
Preceded bySteve Merrill
Member of the New Hampshire Senate from the 21st District
In office1992 - 1996
Succeeded byIris Estabrook
Preceded byDistrict created

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Jeanne Shaheen (born January 28, 1947) is an American politician, a member of the Democratic Party, and the Senior United States Senator from New Hampshire. 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. Shaheen ran for the United States Senate in 2002, but was narrowly defeated by Republican challenger John E. Sununu. She then served as Director of the Harvard Institute of Politics, before resigning to run again for the U.S. Senate in the 2008 election, defeating Sununu in a rematch. Shaheen is the first Democratic Senator from NH since John A. Durkin, who retired in 1980, and is currently the most junior senior Senator.


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