Shaheen Statement on Passing of Former Portsmouth Mayor Eileen Foley

February 22, 2016

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the passing of former Portsmouth Mayor, Eileen Foley:

“Billy and I were very saddened to learn of the passing of Eileen Foley, and our thoughts today are with her daughter, Mary Carey, and the entire Foley family. Eileen leaves behind an incredible legacy in the Seacoast Region. She carried on a great family tradition of public service and played an invaluable role in Portsmouth’s renaissance. She was not only an incredible advocate for the Seacoast Region in New Hampshire, but also around the globe by helping to establish sister cities and international trade. So much of the local progress made in e-commerce, tourism and historic preservation, can be traced back to Eileen’s leadership and foresight. Just like her mother who served as the first woman mayor of Portsmouth, Eileen was a trailblazer for women in politics. I fondly remember all the wonderful advice she gave me as I prepared for my first term in the State Senate. I will dearly miss Eileen’s charm, wisdom and can-do spirit.”

Eileen Foley served eight terms as the Mayor of Portsmouth and seven terms as a member of the New Hampshire State Senate.