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U.S. Representative
District 1st
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Background

Experience

Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2006 - 2010, 2012 - 2014, 2016 - present)

Family
Married; Children: 2
Education
BA, MA, University of NH, Durham, NH.
Home Address
660 Central Ave
Unit 101
Dover, NH 03820
Work Address
1530 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

POSITION ON ISSUES

These issue positions are derived from the annual Citizens Count issue surveys or candidate websites, social media posts, media interviews, voting records, and other sources.

Crime and Public Safety

Should the government pursue more opportunities to produce fossil fuels?
Should the NSA continue its bulk data collection programs for U.S. citizens?
Should the government enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana?
Should the federal government expand background checks for firearms sales?
How should the U.S. combat the Islamic State?
Should the federal government increase spending on defense?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should the federal government lower the corporate tax rate?
Should the federal government reform Social Security by raising the retirement age?
Should the U.S. join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
Should higher income brackets pay more in federal taxes than they currently do?
Should the federal government repeal the Dodd-Frank financial regulations?
Should the government compel corporations to pay more in federal taxes, for example by closing “loopholes?”
Should the U.S. Constitution have a Balanced Budget Amendment?
Should NH pass right-to-work legislation?
Should the federal government privatize some or all of Social Security?
Other: Economy, Budget and Taxes
Should the federal government raise the minimum wage?
Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?
Should the federal government increase support for scientific research and development?
Should the federal government institute a flat income tax for all income brackets while eliminating many deductions?
Should the federal government increase spending on defense?
Should the federal government reform Social Security by requiring means testing?

Education

Should the federal government allow student loan payments to be reduced based on income?

Energy and Environment

Should the government do more to combat climate change, for example by restricting emissions, taxing carbon, or providing incentives to develop clean energy?

Health Care

Should the federal government repeal the Affordable Care Act/”Obamacare” entirely and start again?
Should the federal government increase private sector involvement in veterans' health care?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should the federal government provide health care and/or insurance to every citizen?

Politics and Political Process

Should NH broaden campaign finance disclosure laws?

Recreation and Transportation

Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?

Social Issues

Should there be a path to citizenship for some illegal/undocumented immigrants?
Should the federal government increase private sector involvement in veterans' health care?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should the government enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana?
Should NH repeal same-sex marriage?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Generally speaking, should the federal government give states more control over welfare/entitlement spending through block grants?

VOTING RECORD

2018

Crime and Public Safety

HR 2851 (2018) - Outlaws some synthetic drugs and gives the Attorney General power to more quickly add synthetic drugs to the lists of banned substances - Voted against changing synthetic drug laws
S 139 (2018) - Extends so-called "section 702" surveillance by the NSA under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. - Voted against reauthorizing surveillance
HR 5698 (2018) - Categorize crimes against law enforcement as hate crimes - Voted to increase the penalties for crimes against law enforcement

Economy, Budget and Taxes

H J Res 2 (2018) - Constitutional amendment requiring the federal government to balance the budget each year. - Did not vote
HR 195 (2018) - Stopped a federal government shutdown by funding the government through February 8, 2018. This bill also extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. This bill does not include an extension of the immigration program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or any other immigration-related policy. - Voted against temporary funding bill
HR 6756 (2018) - Increases tax deductions for new businesses. - Voted against tax breaks
HR 695 (2018) - Defense budget bill for 2018, which increases defense spending. - Voted against defense budget increase
HR 6760 (2018) - Makes permanent various tax cuts passed as part of the "Trump tax plan" - Voted against extending tax cuts
S 2155 (2018) - Eases some of the financial regulations of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. - Voted against easing Dodd-Frank regulations

Education

HR 4909 (2018) - Sets aside $50 million for various school safety improvements, such as threat assessment systems and anonymous reporting systems. - Voted for school safety systems

Health Care

HR 6311 (2018) - Expands access and use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and allows all individuals to buy catastrophic plans (renamed “copper” plans) on the health insurance market. - Voted against expanding HSAs and catastrophic plans
HR 184 (2018) - Permanently repeals the medical device tax. - Voted to keep the medical device tax

Social Issues

HR 6136 (2018) - Immigration reform bill backed by Speaker Paul Ryan, which provides for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), provides $25 billion for border security, and establishes a merit-based visa program. - Voted against Speaker Ryan's immigration reform bill
HR 620 (2018) - Amends the Americans with Disabilities Act so that the anyone filing a lawsuit must first give the business or person an opportunity to fix the alleged discrimination. - Voted against revising the ADA
2017

Crime and Public Safety

HR 115 (2017) - Adds the killing or attempted killing of a state or local law enforcement officer or first responder - not just a federal law enforcement officer - to the list of aggravating factors justifying the death penalty in a federal case. - Voted against revising federal death penalty law
HR 1181 (2017) - Prohibits the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from sending the name of an individual to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System unless a judge determines that the individual is a danger to themselves or others. - Voted to allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to send a name to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HR 78 (2017) - Increases economic analysis requirements for any proposed regulation from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). - Voted against increasing analysis requirements
HR 1 (2017) - Reduces the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, reduces the individual income tax rate for high earners from 39.6% to 37%, increases the income threshold to qualify for the alternative minimum tax, and repeals the mandate to purchase health insurance. - Voted against tax cut bill
HR 1370 (2017) - Stopped a federal government shutdown by funding the government through January 19, 2018. - Voted against temporary funding bill
HR 10 (2017) - Rolls back many of the financial regulations 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. - Voted against rolling back Dodd-Frank
S J Res 34 (2017) - Overtuns a rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that requires all internet browsing and app usage data be subject to the same privacy requirements as private personal information.  The FCC rule is stricter than previous regulations, which had various privacy requirements depending on the sensitivity of the online information. - Voted to keep stricter rule on privacy of internet browsing data
S Con Res 3 (2017) - Sets the federal budget. This bill also establishes rules that pave the way for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." - Voted against
S J Res 34 (2017) - Overtuns a rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that requires all internet browsing and app usage data be subject to the same privacy requirements as private personal information.  The FCC rule is stricter than previous regulations, which had various privacy requirements depending on the sensitivity of the online information. - Voted to keep stricter rule on privacy of internet browsing data

Energy and Environment

H Amdt 261 (2017) - Increases funding for the Navy to address contamination from PFCs. - Voted to increase funding to address PFCs
HR 1431 (2017) - Changes the makeup of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), opening the board to more public input and industry stakeholders and limiting scientists who might use their own research to advise the EPA. - Voted against changing the Scientific Advisory Board
HR 1430 (2017) - Requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to only use data from studies that are publicly available and can be reproduced. - Voted against changing requirements for data used by the EPA
HR 806 (2017) - Slows down implementation of ozone standards and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). - Voted against changing air quality standards

Health Care

HR 1628 (2017) - "American Health Care Act" that repeals parts of the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare") and revises many health care laws.  For example, this bill would cap Medicaid funding, repeal various insurance coverage requirements, and replace the requirement to buy health insurance with a penalty the next time you get insurance if you allow your coverage to lapse. - Voted against AHCA
HR 3922 (2017) - Extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), cuts funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and makes some other changes to CHIP and Medicare (such as increasing Medicare premiums for higher income beneficiaries). - Voted against funding CHIP and changing health programs
H J Res 43 (2017) - Allows states to withhold federal funding for Planned Parenthood. - Voted to continue federal funding for Planned Parenthood
HR 36 (2017) - Bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. - Voted against abortion ban
HR 1215 (2017) - Caps damages for "emotional distress, suffering, and mental anguish" in medical malpractice lawsuits. - Voted against capping damages
HR 1101 (2017) - Allows small businesses to join association health plans across state lines, outside state insurance regulations. - Voted against allowing small businesses to join association health plans across state lines
S 114 (2017) - Continues the Veterans Choice Program, which pays for veterans to use private health care providers instead of the VA. - Voted to continue the Veterans Choice Program
HR 7 (2017) - Prohibits federal funding of abortion, including health insurance subsidized by the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare"). - Voted against banning federal funding for abortion

Politics and Political Process

HR 1259 (2017) - Makes it easier to fire, demote, or suspend an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs. - Voted against changing the process for firing, demoting, or suspending a VA employee
HR 998 (2017) - Establishes a commission to review and recommend the repeal of rules to lower the cost of regulation. - Voted against establishing a commission
HR 26 (2017) - Greatly increases congressional oversight of rules and regulations adopted by federal agencies. - Voted against increasing congressional oversight

Social Issues

H J Res 42 (2017) - Effectively allows states to drug test anybody claiming unemployment benefits or food stamps. - Voted to keep limits on drug tests for unemployment benefits and food stamps
HR 3697 (2017) - Allows the federal government to deport an immigrant suspected of gang involvement, even if the immigrant came to the U.S. legally and has not been convicted of a crime. - Voted against allowing deportation
HR 3003 (2017) - Strengthens laws against "sanctuary cities," for example withholding federal grants from any city that does not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). - Voted against penalties for sanctuary cities

Campaign Finances

Raised: $273,532
Individual Contributions: 58% ($159,184)
Party Contributions: 0% ($333)
PAC Contributions: 41% ($113,500)
Candidate self-financing: 0% ($0)
Other: 0% ($515)
Spent: $197,447

Reporting Date: September 30, 2018

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1st Congressional District

New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District includes:

  • all of Belknap County except Sanbornton and Tilton
  • all of Carroll County
  • Bedford, Goffstown, Manchester, and Merrimack in Hillsborough County
  • Hooksett in Merrimack County
  • all of Rockingham County except Atkinson, Salem, and Windham
  • all of Strafford County

COMMENTS

Ananta Gopalan
- Hampton

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 8:48pm

Our Congressional Rep., Carol Shea-Porter is sponsoring a legislation to require SEC to limit the pay of CEOs of publicly traded companies.  That is like Al Capone telling the Chicago Mayor that the police is carrying way too much fire power!  I think Rep. Porter has no moral authority to call for any limitation of a privately owned company because she is part of the US Congress and the federal government that is bankrupting this country.  The government debt is over $17T which is over $55,000 for every man, woman and child of our country.  She makes $175,000 per year plus all the medical, financial benefits.  If we compare that to an average pay of a US worker without any of those benefits, it amounts to well over 5 times.  What is that premium being paid for without any fear of being thrown in jail for misdeed, lying and cheating?  Every Congressional Rep. and Senator has millions of dollars in expenses accounts.  While they are enjoying all those perks, they pass laws to usurp all the Constitutional Bill of Rights of private citizens.  At least, the CEO must produce a positive result for the investors.  Rep. Shea-Porter, you can exercise that kind of power when the Congress is not immune from the same laws of private sector.  CEO can be put in jail for falsifying financial data.  We get that every year from the Congress and the president with complete immunity.  Can we get off the class warfare already?  It is tiring.  If you like socialism please go over to Europe, Cuba, Venezuela or North Korea.  This country was founded on free market capitalism and I for one would like to see us return to it for the benefit of all.

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