John Tierney

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John Tierney currently serves the 6th Congressional district of Massachusetts

John F. Tierney has been a Democratic member of the House of Representatives, representing the 6th District of Massachusetts, since 1997. The district is north of Boston, and includes the cities of Amesbury, Beverly, Gloucester, Lynn, Newburyport, Peabody, Salem, and Salisbury. (map)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Tierney voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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Tierney has little faith in the favoritism of the current tax system. He favors reforms in the tax code to “create a system that is simple, fair, equitable, and responsible toward future generations.”[1]

Election Reform

Tierney believes the government should aim to please the American public, not interest groups or lobbyists. He has made strides towards election reform in his Clean Money, Clean Elections Act. He aims to create “a public financing system for congressional elections.”[2]

United States Energy Policy

Tierney recognizes the existence of global warming caused by “the burning of fossil fuels, industrial production, deforestation, and increased levels of carbon dioxide emissions.” [3] He is a standing member of the Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus and seeks alternative, safe energy sources for a more energy efficient America. He supports the Climate Stewardship Act, which aims to “accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and lessen our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels.”[4] He also seeks to cut back greenhouse gas emissions with the Safe Climate Act (H.R. 1590).

Health Care

Tierney hopes to one day create a universal health care system. He advocates the Health Partnership through Creative Federalism Act (H.R. 506), a bipartisan legislature that would give states the opportunity to devise plans offering healthcare to all residents. He would also like to reform our system in order to “lower administrative costs, make better use of technology, and establish standards of care that will eliminate costly errors and redundant practices.”[5]. He supported legislation (H.R. 4) which would offer drugs to elderly and disabled individuals at a reduced cost. He is also aware of the number of prescription drug users in America, and would like to better monitor the drug market. He has introduced bipartisan legislature, the FDA Safety Act (H.R. 788). This would create a self-regulating unit within the FDA to “review prescription drugs once they are on the market.” [6]

National Security

National Security Subcommittee Meeting

On October 30, 2007, Tierney announced the House’s Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs will host several oversight hearings about the United States policies regarding Iran. The first segment was titled “Part 1 – Iranian People and Attitudes”. The larger series is titled “Iran: Reality, Options, and Consequences.”[7]



Tierney was born September 18, 1951 in Salem, Massachusetts. He was educated at Salem State College and earned a law degree at Suffolk University. Before entering the house, he was a partner in the Tierney, Kalis, and Lucas law firm for over twenty years. He and his wife, Patrice, reside in Salem.

Congressional career

2006 elections

In 2006, Republicans nominated Rick Barton to face Tierney in his November 2006 bid for reelection. Tierney retained his seat.(See U.S. congressional elections in 2006)[2]

2008 elections

2008 superdelegate

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Massachusetts superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, John Tierney, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00000226&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for John Tierney
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Caucuses and Coalitions

  • Democratic Steering Committee
  • Democratic Study Group
  • National Guard & Reserve Components Congressional Members Organization

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Trustee, Salem State College, 1992-1997
  • Member/President, Salem Chamber of Commerce, 1976-1996
  • Federal District Court of Boston Bars
  • Massachusetts State Bar
  • United States Supreme Court Bar

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on John Tierney. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
120 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-2106
Phone: 202-225-8020
Fax: 202-225-5915
Web Email

District Office- Peabody:
17 Peabody Square
Peabody, MA 01960
Phone: 978-531-1669
Fax: 978-531-1996

District Office- Lynn:
Lynn City Hall, Room 105
Lynn, MA 01902
Phone: 781-595-7375
Fax: 781-595-7492

Articles and Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

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
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110th Congress
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Committees Chaired:
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform/Subcommittee on National Security and International Relations
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Committees: House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Higher Education Lifelong Learning and Competitiveness, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Health Employment Labor and Pensions, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform/Subcommittee on Domestic Policy, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform/Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 5, 1996
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1997
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
None or Not Available
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 17 Peabody Square Peabody, MA 01960
Phone: 978-531-1669 / Fax: 978-531-1996
2. Lynn City Hall, Room 105 Lynn, MA 01902
Phone: 781-595-7375 / Fax: 781-595-7492

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Date of Birth: September 18, 1951

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