Meet the Lawmaker: Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.)

If you could fire one lawmaker, who would it be?
Oh, no …

What’s your middle name?
Eleanor. I’m named after one of my mom’s best friends.

Have you ever had a near-death experience?
Yes. Not for me to remember; I guess it doesn’t count. Some baby formula [used to be] heated so high that it destroyed some enzymes. [And it made me go] into seizures. I have no memory of it, though.

What’s your favorite place in the whole world?
New Hampshire. We’ve got a gem of a state: lakes, mountains, history and great people. What we don’t have is great weather.

What sports did you play when you were younger?
I can hardly remember my old life. Basketball, tennis — I love power-walking. People always say to me, “Why are you walking so fast?”

What is your staff always reminding you to do?
I always get reminders from my staff: “Have you eaten?” [There’s just] not time!

 • Age: 54
• Residence:  Rochester, N.H.
• Time in Congress: Jan.3 – present
• Significant other:  Gene Porter