At approximately 2:30 pm today, Carol Shea-Porter was sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives. It was a historic moment - Shea-Porter is the first female Congressman from the state of New Hampshire.
New Hampshire friends and supporters packed Shea-Porter's office in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill. They watched the opening of the 110th Congress via closed-circuit television. When Shea-Porter appeared on screen for the first time, the room exploded in applause.
As the first Congresswoman from the Granite State, Shea-Porter joins a record 90 female Representatives in the US House. She was sworn in with a class of 54 newly elected Representatives - 41 Democrats and 13 Republicans. Shea-Porter's victory helped sweep the Democrats into power, giving the party a majority of seats on committees and increased ability to provide oversight.
Shea-Porter (D-NH) will serve on the Committee on Education and the Workforce. The Committee plans to introduce legislation to increase the minimum wage and to lower interest rates on student loans. Shea-Porter has been a strong supporter of an increase in the minimum wage.
Shea-Porter won national attention with a surprise upset victory in the November election. She built a grassroots network of hundreds of volunteers who hand-signed over 50,000 postcards sent to New Hampshire voters. During her campaign, Shea-Porter promised to represent the "bottom 99% of Americans who have been forgotten by the Republican leadership."
Shea-Porter will represent New Hampshire's First Congressional District, which stretches from Portsmouth to Merrimack to Manchester to Wolfeboro, and up to Conway and tiny Hart's Location.
Congresswoman Shea-Porter will soon open offices in Manchester and in Dover.