Eric Massa

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Eric Massa currently serves the 29th Congressional district of New York.

Eric Massa has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 29th district of the State of New York, since 2009 (map).

Positions, record and controversies


Massa supports increasing funding for specialty crop research and development, farmland protection programs, additional Agricultural Protection Zoning, Cluster Zoning, focusing much more of the federal budget into future technologies and allocating resources for farming and agricultural technologies. He has pledged to fully support funding for capital projects and agricultural research, helping young farmers by supporting and expanding the land grant university system, passing legislation to place country of origin labeling on food at the grocery store. Massa also supports enhanced efforts by the USDA and FDA to assure food safety, legislation and regulations that will ensure that agricultural imports are subject to equivalent inspection, sanitary requirements, pesticide use restrictions, and quality standards as domestic produce. He would also like to Repeal the Self-Employment tax. [1]

Climate Change

Massa has proposed doing the following to help curb the effects of climate change: raising the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for vehicle emissions to 50 miles per gallon by 2020, ending government subsidies for oil and gas companies, investing more in clean energy resources, instate a renewable portfolio standard. [1]


On his campaign website, Massa says he would fully fund and fix "No Child Left Behind" to reduce excessive testing and encourage 'real' teaching and not 'teaching the test'.he does not support taxpayer money to private schools via voucher programs. He would raise the Pell Grant to at least $5,100 and put taxpayer money into proven programs. [1]


Massa says he would support immediately passing the Consumer Energy Supply Act of 2008 and releasing 10% of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, requiring oil corporations to start drilling on the sites they've already leased, using responsible royalties from the oil profits derived from public lands to fund an alternative energy strategy. He would also support providing tax rebates for people who purchase American hybrid vehicles, and investing in the necessary infrastructure to deliver renewable sources of energy to consumers. [1]


Massa supports identifying and developing alternative sources of energy and ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. He is opposed to drilling in ANWR.[1]


Massa says he will enforce current laws, and hold those who handle guns in an irresponsible manner accountable under the law without exception. [1]


The son of a career Navy pilot and a graduate of the Naval Academy, Massa spent 24 years as an active duty naval officer. Massa served as aide to former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley Clark and, after retiring from the military, he worked in the private sector and then as a staffer to the House Armed Services Committee. During the 2004 election cycle he resigned from that position to work for Gen. Wesley Clark's presidential campaign. He and his wife Beverly have two children.[2]

2006 elections

Massa, a lifelong Republican, left the Party in protest over the invasion of Iraq. Massa strongly opposes the war and advocates "extraction" for the troops in Iraq. Also on the top of his priorities is health care. Massa, who has had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, states, "I learned about healthcare at the sharp end of a chemotherapy needle. To deny access to healthcare to Americans is…unAmerican."[3]

Massa also made trade and jobs an issue. He has called Wal-Mart "unAmerican" for forcing workers to go on Medicaid and sending jobs overseas to China.[4] Massa has been endorsed by the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and New York State United Teachers, both of which endorsed his opponent, Randy Kuhl, in 2004.[5]

2008 elections

Massa decided to challenge Kuhl again in the 2008 congressional elections. He won the Democratic nomination, and went on to defeat Kuhl in the November 2008 general election.[6]

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Campaign contributions

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Committees and Affiliations



More Background Data

Background information on Randy Kuhl, whom Eric Massa challenged in the 2006 congressional elections:


Campaign contact information

Phone: (607) 428-0390
Fax: (607) 428-0393 Mail: 60 East Market Street
Suite 244
Corning NY, 14830

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 NY29 On the Issues
  2. Eric in His Own Words, Eric Massa for Congress.
  3. Howie Klein, "Blue America — Eric Massa, NY-29," Firedoglake, July 29, 2006.
  4. Howie Klein, "Blue America — Eric Massa, NY-29," Firedoglake, July 29, 2006.
  5. 2006 Race Profile: The 29th District in New York, Washington Post.
  6. "New York 2008 General Election",, November 4, 2008

External resources

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External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Agriculture
110th Congress
Leadership Position:
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Committees: n/a
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 101 Grove Street Suite 101, Pittsford, NY 14534
Phone: 585-218-0040 / Fax:

Campaign Contact:

Webform Email: / Email:

Campaign Offices:

1. 60 East Market Street, Suite 244, Corning NY, 14830
Phone: 607-428-0390 / Fax: 607-428-0393

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Date of Birth: September 16, 1959