Shaughnessy Naughton for Congress
Shaughnessy Naughton is running for Congress in Pennsylvania's 8th District.
As a scientist, entrepreneur, and business leader, Shaughnessy Naughton brings a unique perspective to the challenges facing Washington, DC.
“Part of the problem in Congress is that there are too many politicians and not enough common sense, small business leaders who know what it means to balance a budget, make a payroll, and create jobs. That’s why I’m running.”
Shaughnessy was born and raised in Bucks County and currently runs her family’s small business in the Eighth Congressional District, but that wasn’t her first career choice.
At Bryn Mawr College, Shaughnessy was awarded a prestigious grant to help develop a new synthesis of a drug to treat breast cancer. Her research led to Phase III clinical testing. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College in 1999 with a degree in chemistry, Shaughnessy joined the team at Wyeth Laboratories as a key member of the infectious disease research group. Her work was quickly recognized and she received an early promotion to Scientist II. She was awarded two U.S. patents.
But in 2003, her family’s publishing business faced some challenges and Shaughnessy stepped in. By using a common sense approach, cutting wasteful spending, streamlining processes, and embracing 21st century technology, she was able to grow and expand the company.
Ten years later she now owns and manages all of the publishing company’s operations including magazine publishing, graphic design, and website development. As a small business owner she understands how to balance short- term losses and long-term growth, which has allowed the company to survive, thrive, and grow in one of the toughest economies since the Great Depression.
Shaughnessy’s perspective as a small business owner and a scientist will bring a totally unique and much-needed fresh approach to Washington D.C.
Born and raised in Point Pleasant, Bucks County, Shaughnessy is one of five children. She attended Gayman Elementary and graduated from Solebury School.
Shaughnessy has spent her life standing up and fighting for our shared values and to protect those who need it most. She has been a tireless advocate for at-risk youth. She tutored and mentored inner city students in the Trenton housing projects and at-risk Latino students in Philadelphia.