Shaheen Named Obama Campaign Co-Chair

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, joins presidential campaign battle.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, is joining President Obama's re-election campaign as a national co-chair.

Shaheen, on a team of 35 co-chairs, will advise the campaign on key issues and work to engage and mobilize voters nationwide, not just in swing-state New Hampshire, according to the Obama for America campaign.

"President Obama has the right vision for this country," Shaheen said in the OFA announcement. "I am proud to support a campaign that embraces investment in America's future and support a leader in innovation, education, and energy."

Shaheen has experience in this department. She served as national chair for the Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign in 2004. Her resume includes New Hampshire campaign chairwoman for Carter-Mondale (1973-76), and a high-profile role in Gary Hart's New Hampshire campaign (1979-80).

Her husband, Bill Shaheen, was co-chairman of Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, before resigning and apologizing in 2007 for making a comment about Barack Obama's past drug use being fodder for GOP attacks. Nevertheless, the Shaheen popularity in the state contributed to Clinton winning the 2008 New Hampshire Primary. 

Shaheen served in the state Senate from 1990 to 1996, and as New Hampshire governor from 1997 to 2003. After losing a shot at the U.S. Senate to Republican John E. Sununu in 2002, she became a director of the Kennedy School of Government's Institute of Politics. She returned to the campaign trail and, in 2008, defeated Sununu to win her current seat in the U.S. Senate.

The OFA announcement indicates the national co-chairs will promote the president's record on rebuilding the economy after the recession, support for the middle class, the Affordable Care Act, investments in education, expanding manufacturing, and increasing energy independence.

Jim Messina, campaign manager, said the national co-chairs would be assets as they build "the biggest grassroots campaign in history."

The list of Obama for America National Co-Chairs:

  • Lynnette Acosta, OFA volunteer leader from Florida
  • Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com
  • Sen. Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator from Colorado
  • San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro
  • Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee
  • Ann Cherry, a retired teacher and OFA volunteer leader from North Carolina
  • Representative Judy Chu, of the 32nd District of California
  • Representative Emanuel Cleaver, of the 5th District of Missouri
  • Former Obama White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley
  • Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Treasurer of Los Angeles County AFL-CIO
  • U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin
  • Representative Charles A. Gonzalez, of the 20th District of Texas
  • Loretta Harper, high school counselor and OFA volunteer leader from Nevada
  • California Attorney General Kamala Harris
  • Sai Iyer, student at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Caroline Kennedy, author, president of John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
  • Eva Longoria, actress and philanthropist
  • Leisa Martin, OFA volunteer leader from Wisconsin
  • African Methodist Episcopal Bishop Vashti McKenzi
  • Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller
  • Kalpen Modi, actor and former White House associate director for Office of Public Engagement
  • Retired U.S. Navy Admiral John Nathman
  • Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
  • Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Federico Pena
  • Elaine Price, retired Ohio resident and OFA volunteer leader from Ohio
  • Penny Pritzker, founder and CEO of PSP Capital Partners
  • John Register, U.S. Army veteran and Paralympian
  • Representative Jan Schakowsky, of the 9th District of Illinois
  • U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire
  • Joe Solmonese, president of Human Rights Campaign
  • Alan Solow, partner at DLA Piper LLP and past chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
  • Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland
  • Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Hocus Pocus April 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM
It does not matter really what the democrats have morphed into at all. Failure is failure. They have absolutely no clue what to do and have to declare war on every segment of the voting public to get elected. It won't work.
JimC April 14, 2012 at 03:42 AM
If I were named 'co-chair' of anything, I'd be delighted at the honor. . But if I were named THIRTY-FIFTH co-chair of anything, I'd NEVER mention it again. I'd bury my head in shame at being involved in the scam. . But Shaheen, who has an F- rating on dealing with illegal immigration, and walks in lock-step with Obama's shadow on EVERY issue, thinks she's next in line for coronation. . I've written to this woman on many occasions and have always gotten the same response. We need "COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM". That means we allow all of the illegals to stay on and keep our jobs, in case you've not been paying attention! If you're buying into that baloney, then A) vote for her and her leader Obama, and B) Plan on being out of work soon and unable to find one that will support your family in the U.S.
T Rex April 14, 2012 at 08:37 AM
I cannot recall one time where Democrat Senator Shaheen has voted on a major issue the way her constituents wanted. You just cannot trust Liberals or Progressives.
theo lis May 28, 2012 at 06:45 AM
Sen Shaheen Has proven to me that she is a person of integrity who truly cares about the individual. She did so as governor and I was honored to vote for her to be my voice in Washington. Very recently, when I was being stonewalled by the pettiness of the bureaucracy run-a-round, I called her office and her office reassured me, was instrumental in procuring a prompt resolution and conitnued to follow up on my case and issues until I was thoroughly satisfied. Fortunately, Presdient O'Bama shows the foresight to have the assistance of such a sincerely dedicated individual who also puts the people first before and above politics.
ForThePeople May 28, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I like Senator Shaheen also, although it concerns me that while our state representatives are trashing the place, she's nowhere to be found. We need a strong voice to protect New Hampshire citizens, and she just hasn't done that over the last two years. I guess what I mean to say is, it's nice that she's a senator, but I think she should use her position meaningfully here at home and not just in Washington. It makes her look like a career politician and not necessarily the people's champion, which is what she used to be described as.


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