Carol Shea-Porter Goes Through Freshmen Orientation, Again

Nov 13, 2012

Credit Cheryl Senter, NHPR

One of New Hampshire’s new installations to the U.S. House of Representatives, Carol Shea-Porter,  has served there before. That means freshmen orientation is a little different for the returning Congresswoman.

Freshmen orientation kicked off in Washington on Tuesday. It’s a time for newly elected lawmakers to learn the ropes of Capitol Hill. After already having served in D.C. for four years First District Congresswoman-elect Carol Shea-Porter says her orientation is proving a time to reestablish relationships.  

“It’s very comfortable. I’m enjoying it. I just got here but I had met several of my colleagues at the time. So I feel very blessed.”  

After serving two terms with large Democratic majorities in the House that didn’t spend much time reaching across the aisle, Shea-Porter seems to be striking a new tone this time around.

“It’s going to be very good. I am really going to reach out to the new Republicans and I’m looking at their bios to see what we have in common and where we can work together.”

Unlike years past this year’s freshmen orientation is scheduled to stretch past next week’s Thanksgiving recess.