|Senior U.S. Senator from New Hampshire|
From: January 3, 2009 – Present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Governor of New Hampshire|
From: January 9, 1997 – January 9, 2003
Cynthia Jeanne Shaheen (born January 28, 1947) is the senior United States Senator from New Hampshire and a member of the Democratic Party. She has voted with her Democrat colleagues 94.8% of the time. Previously she served as Governor of New Hampshire from 1997–2003. As Governor she established New Hampshire's first property tax, and proposed a 2.5% sales tax, which was rejected by the State House. She also signed environmental legislation over pollutants from power plants. Shaheen unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate in 2002. During the campaign she endorsed regime change in Iraq. "I came out very early in support of the president on Iraq, and I came out very early the day the White House and the House leadership negotiated the resolution on Iraq."  In 2004, she served as national chair of John Kerry's presidential campaign and vice chair of the 2004 Democratic National Convention.