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Question: Where are you from and how has that shaped you?

Jeanne Shaheen: My name is Jeanne Saheen. Originally I’m from Missouri. I was born in St. Charles, Missouri. Grew up in southern Missouri in the boot heel, and went to high school and college in Pennsylvania. My family moved east and I sort of worked my way northeast. Then when up to the coast of Maine after I got out of college and met my husband who is from New Hampshire. So I’ve spent the last almost 40 years in New Hampshire. You know I think one of the things that moving around a lot as a child did was it gave me a greater appreciation for the differences among people, and a greater tolerance for the fact that everybody isn’t the same; that not only do we look different, but we have different perspectives, and different backgrounds, and different values, and that it’s important to be tolerant of that.

Recorded on:  6/13/07



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