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U.S. Representative

Michael Capuano (D)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on House Administration, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: N/a

Incumbent running: Yes, for a different seat

2012 candidates for MA-07

Confirmed: Michael Capuano, Karla Romero
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for MA-07)
On the Web
Official website

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


Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 95 - 19/20 95 - 19/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce not avail. not avail.

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


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

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Citigroup Inc$ 10,400
American Resort Development Assn$ 10,000
Carpenters & Joiners Union$ 10,000
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance$ 10,000
National Assn of Real Estate Investment Trusts$ 10,000
New York Life Insurance$ 10,000
American Land Title Assn$ 8,000
National Postal Mail Handlers Union$ 8,000
Air Line Pilots Assn$ 7,500
National Apartment Assn$ 7,500
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Michael Capuano
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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

More Background Data

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


DC office
  • 1414 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-5111 Fax: 202-225-9322
    Webform email
District offices
  • Office of Congressman Michael E. Capuano, 110 First Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
    Ph: 617-621-6208 Fax: (none entered)
  • Roxbury Community College, Administration Building, Room 110, Roxbury, MA 02120
    Ph: 617-621-6208 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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  • No campaign webform email entered.
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Articles and Resources


  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.



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