MANCHESTER — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced Sunday that she will seek reelection in 2020.
Shaheen, D-NH, is nearing the end of her second term representing the Granite State in the U.S. Senate, where she was first elected in 2008 and won reelection to in 2014.
“Serving New Hampshire is a tremendous honor and my work in the Senate is focused on delivering results for Granite Staters,” Shaheen posted on her personal Facebook page. “Through bipartisanship and respect for one another, we will continue to make progress together!”
The post introduced an interview with WMUR, in which she made her announcement during a Sunday morning broadcast.
“I do intend to run again in 2020,” Shaheen said, confirming the widely expected news that she will seek a third term in the Senate.
Shaheen, who did not respond to a Union Leader request for comment, said in the interview she will focus the campaign on issues she feels are central to New Hampshire residents.
“I think it’s going to be about what I’m hearing from people in this state about what they want to see,” Shaheen said. “They want to see that their kids can get a good education, that they can go through college or whatever higher education they’re doing and not come out with debts that are going to keep them from buying a house and getting married or doing all the things we want young people to do.”
Shaheen also spoke about health care as an issue for Granite Staters and throughout the nation. She also pledged to continue her efforts to better fund substance abuse treatment in the battle to end the opioid crisis.
“It’s there and it’s real and it continues to be an issue,” said Shaheen, who celebrates her 72nd birthday today.
Shaheen served three terms as governor before making her first run for the Senate in 2002, when she lost to Republican John E. Sununu. She successfully challenged Sununu’s re-election bid in 2008 and has remained in the Senate since, defeating Republican challenger Scott Brown in 2014.
Newly elected NHGOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek criticized Shaheen’s record in a statement on Sunday evening.
“Jeanne Shaheen can run, but she can’t hide from her record of voting for liberal Washington, New York and California special interests over the needs of New Hampshire citizens.”
Stepanek said Shaheen voted against President Trump’s tax reform bill as well as “two highly qualified nominees to the Supreme Court.”
He said the Democrat can’t seem to make up her mind on securing the border.
“In 2014 under President Obama, she supported border security and 700 miles of border walls,” Stepanek said. “She called the situation on the southern border a crises. Now, following (Nancy) Pelosi and (Chuck) Schumer like a lemming, Shaheen believes the wall is immoral and the crisis on our southern border to be overblown. Is Shaheen in favor of securing the borders and protecting the citizens of this great country or is she for scoring cheap political points?”