WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Carol Shea-Porter, who’s running to represent New Hampshire’s First Congressional District and continue her lifelong fight for women and families.
"Carol Shea-Porter is a tireless champion for women and families,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List. “As the first woman elected to represent New Hampshire in Congress, Carol began a strong tradition of women’s leadership. She is a leader in the fight to end gender discrimination in pay, and, as a former social worker, she is a powerful advocate for policies that give all Granite Staters a fair shot. New Hampshire women and families are sick and tired of the Republicans’ dangerous agenda. The stakes are high for this swing district in 2016, and the EMILY’s List community is proud to stand with Carol Shea-Porter in New Hampshire.”
Carol Shea-Porter grew up in a multigenerational household as one of seven children. Her father, a World War II veteran, taught her that good government has the power to transform lives. Carol worked her way through college at the University of New Hampshire and dedicated her career to public service as a social worker. In 2006, she became the first woman to represent New Hampshire in Congress, and she has been a tireless champion for Granite State women and families. Carol is committed to ending gender discrimination in pay, defending women’s access to health care, and expanding educational and economic opportunities for working families. When elected, she will continue her lifelong work fighting for New Hampshire women and families to have a fair shot.
During her three terms in Congress, Carol championed landmark paycheck fairness legislation; she has said, “When women are paid less than men for doing the same work, it affects their ability to send their kids to good schools, afford quality health care, and pay for everyday needs.” When elected, she will be a powerful advocate for commonsense policies that help women get ahead. Carol has worked to expand small business loans to strengthen New Hampshire’s economy, and when elected she will continue working to create good-paying jobs for Granite Staters. As a former social worker, she has experience helping families with drug and alcohol problems, as well as helping families in transition. At a time when vulnerable women and families are facing tough challenges in New Hampshire, Carol will continue her life’s work of fighting for those whose voices aren’t heard in Washington.
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women's issues, and turn out women voters. We've trained over 9,000 women to run and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over 700 to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color - including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.