U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, New Hampshire Democrat, to retire at end of current term

October 9, 2017: U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, a Democrat who was the first woman elected to Congress from New Hampshire, announced on Friday, October 6, 2017, that plans to retire at the end of her current term. Shea-Porter, 64, said in a statement that “the time has come in my life to pause and decided on a different path.” Shea-Porter worked as a community activist before she was first elected to Congress in 2006. She was originally elected in a Democratic wave of 2006, and she has swapped the seat back and forth with former Rep. Frank Guinta, Republican, on several occasions, depending on New Hampshire’s electoral whims. She won the seat back in 2016, winning 44 percent of the vote in a three-way race. "This has been a very difficult decision, given how much I have enjoyed serving in the House and the fact that the 2018 election is shaping up to be like 2006, when I was first elected, an important time when Congress changed political leadership and was able to move America forward," Shea-Porter said in her statement. "While I certainly would enjoy being part of that, I felt the tug of family at our reunion on Independence Day, and I have continued to feel it." Shea-Porter is currently on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee and the Education Committee. Today, in 2017, New Hampshire has an all-female Congressional delegation.

Attribution: The Associated Press

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