New Hampshire loses distinction of having only all-female congressional delegation

Loss of Democratic congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter brings an end to a two-year history-making delegation

Published November 5, 2014 2:02PM (EST)

 Outgoing Rep. Carol Shea Porter    (WMUR)
Outgoing Rep. Carol Shea Porter (WMUR)

Two years ago, New Hampshire made history as the only state to send an all-female congressional delegation to Washington. Come January, the Granite State will lose that distinction.

That's because Democratic Rep. Carol Shea Porter lost her bid for re-election last night to Republican Frank Guinta. This year's contest marked the third time the two candidates had faced off. Shea-Porter, first elected to Congress in the Democratic wave year of 2006, lost to Guinta in 2010, a strong GOP year. In 2012, Shea-Porter reclaimed her old job, only to lose it once again this year.

Shea-Porter joined fellow Democratic congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster and Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R) and Jeanne Shaheen (D) in forming New Hampshire's historic delegation. Kuster and Shaheen both survived re-election challenges last night, as did Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. Ayotte faces re-election in 2016, when many Democrats hope Hassan will mount a challenge to the GOPer.

Overall, Tuesday was an historic night for women candidates. For the first time ever, Congress will have 100 women members next year.

By Luke Brinker

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