Mike Capuano

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Mike Capuano currently serves the Eighth Congressional district of Massachusetts

Michael Everett Capuano has been a Democratic member of the U. S. House of Representatives since 1999, representing the 8th District of Massachusetts. (map)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Capuano 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

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Honest Leadership and Open Government Act

In 2006, When the Republican majority brought their ethics package, the Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, to the floor, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) offered a motion to recommit with instructions to strike the text of the bill and replace it with the text of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, the Democrat's ethics bill. The motion to recommit failed by three votes, after Rep. John Murtha (D-Penn.) led a group of four Democrats, himself and Reps. Capuano, Rick Boucher (D-Va.), and Martin Sabo (D-Minn.), to vote with the Republicans.

Main article: Prospects for Ethics Reform in the 110th Congress

Support for gun control

Capuano cosponsored H.R. 1312 (Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005) on July 28, 2005.[2]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

Bio

Capuano was born January 9, 1952 in Somerville, Massachusetts. He was educated at Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School, and served as legal counsel to the joint committee on taxation of the Massachusetts state legislature and as Mayor of Somerville (1990-1998), before entering the House.

Congressional career

According to his House biography, "Mike is a strong voice for residents of the 8th district. He fought to protect Massachusetts' share of federal transportation dollars during the debate over funding levels for the "Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users". Through his efforts, Massachusetts will receive $5.23 billion in funding over six years. He searches for ways to create more affordable housing opportunities for constituents and has fought against cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget. He succeeded in providing assistance for the development of new intergenerational housing for grandparents raising their grandchildren and in increasing the value of certain section 8 vouchers to offset rising housing costs. He also filed legislation to help service station owners forced to clean up sites that they are not responsible for contaminating."[1]

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest Capuano’s seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [2]

Head of Ethics Task Force

Capuano, head of the Ethics Task Force, which was established to examine whether an outside panel should investigate allegations against members, reported that operations will begin in private. [3]

On February 27, 2007, Capuano (D-Mass.), stated that “I have found that if you really want to solve problems, it’s better to have discussions than have the typical hearings where you ask witnesses three ‘gotcha’ questions and it’s a public exercise rather than a open discussion aimed at finding solutions.” Capuano also noted that the task force may hold public hearings at a later date. [4]

In January 2007, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), named eight members to the bipartisan task force — four lawmakers from each party. The group held its first organizational meeting Friday, Feb. 16, and has aimed to report its findings by May 1. Capuano said the deadline would be difficult to meet considering last week’s recess and the two-week-long congressional spring break in April. [5]

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Mike Capuano
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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

Committees

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

More Background Data

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

Contact

DC Office:
1530 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5111
Fax: 202-225-9322
Web Email
Website

District Office- Cambridge:
Office of Congressman Michael E. Capuano
110 First Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: 617-621-6208
Fax: 617-621-8628

District Office- Roxbury:
Roxbury Community College
Administration Building, Room 110
Roxbury, MA 02120
Phone: 617-621-6208
Fax: 617-541-6909

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 1312
  3. Supporters, Investors Against Genocide, accessed August 4, 2008.

Resources

Articles

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: House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Capital Markets Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on House Administration, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Aviation, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Joint Committee on Printing
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 3, 1998
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January 6, 1999
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November 2, 2010
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Previous Political Work?
Mayor of Somerville, Somerville Alderman
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1. Office of Congressman Michael E. Capuano, 110 First Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: 617-621-6208 / Fax: 617-621-8628
2. Roxbury Community College, Administration Building, Room 110, Roxbury, MA 02120
Phone: 617-621-6208 / Fax: 617-541-6909




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Date of Birth: January 9, 1952