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Record and controversies
Neal voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.
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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.
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. 
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.
Money in politics
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- Revolving door profile for Richard Neal from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Richard Neal from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Richard Neal from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and Affiliations
- House Committee on Ways and Means
- Subcommittee on Oversight
- Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures - Chair
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
More Background Data
District Office - Milford:
4 Congress Street
Milford, MA 01757
District Office - Springfield:
The Federal Building
1550 Main Street, Suite 309
Springfield, MA 01103
Articles and Resources
Local blogs and discussion sites
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
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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|
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 8, 1988
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1989
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
Mayor of Springfield
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Date of Birth: February 14, 1949