How New Hampshire's first female senator moved off the sidelines

That aide was Jeanne Shaheen, who went on to become New Hampshire’s first female governor and then its first female senator — a job she has held since 2009. But first she worked on Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign in 1976 and ran four New Hampshire campaigns herself, including Gary Hart’s 1984 presidential run.

“I learned a lot. I learned a lot about running a campaign, about what it takes — about how hard it is. And it’s harder when you’re the candidate,” she told me during the hour we spent together on Capitol Hill.

Shaheen didn’t become a candidate herself until she ran for state Senate in 1990 as a 43-year-old mother of three. She’s a barrier-breaking badass woman who showed that women can still nurture their families while taking on the tough world of politics, including her…

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