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Richard Neal currently serves the 2nd Congressional district of Massachusetts

Richard Edmund Neal has been a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 2nd District of Massachusetts, since 1989. (map)

Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Richard Neal voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Iraq War

Neal 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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Bio

Background

Richard Edmund Neal was born on February 14, 1949 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He graduated with honors from the Political Science program at American International College in 1972. He also received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Barney School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Hartford in 1976.

Neal started his career in public service in 1973 as an assistant to Springfield Mayor William C. Sullivan. He successfully ran for elected office in 1978, when he was elected as a councilman on the Springfield City Council. Neal's career continued as President of the City Council in 1979 and mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts from 1984 to 1989. In addition, Neal taught at the Roman Catholic Cathedral High School.

Congressional Career

Neal was first elected to Congress in 1989, taking the place of Edward Boland. Neal's goals have included making it easier to attend college, expanding health care, protecting the rights of older Americans, and working against the privitization of Social Security. He continues to lead the effort to repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). He has also worked to make health care and tuition expenses tax deductible for middle class people. [1]

Neal, of Irish descent, is the co-chair of the Ad hoc Committee on Irish Affairs. He met frequently met with leaders of both sides of the conflict in Northern Ireland. After the disarmament of the Irish Republican Army in September of 2005, Neal met with IRA leader Martin McGuinness to congratulate him on the action of disarmament and ensure a lasting peace had been reached. Congressman Neal will continue to work with the Sinn Fein and other groups in Northern Ireland to pursue a lasting peace.

2006 elections

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

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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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 Richard Neal. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
2266 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5601
Fax: 202-225-8112
Web Email
Website

District Office - Milford:
4 Congress Street
Milford, MA 01757
Phone: 508-634-8198
Fax: 508-634-8398

District Office - Springfield:
The Federal Building
1550 Main Street, Suite 309
Springfield, MA 01103
Phone: 413-785-0325
Fax: 413-747-0604

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

External resources

External articles

Local blogs and discussion sites

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Ways and Means, House Committee on Ways and Means/Subcommittee on Oversight, House Committee on Ways and Means/Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 8, 1988
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1989
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
No
Previous Political Work?
Mayor of Springfield
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District Offices:
1. 4 Congress Street, Milford, MA 01757
Phone: 508-634-8198 / Fax: 508-634-8398
2. The Federal Building, 1550 Main Street, Suite 309, Springfield, MA 01103
Phone: 413-785-0325 / Fax: 413-747-0604




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Date of Birth: February 14, 1949