Richard Neal

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U.S. Representative

Richard Neal (D)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Ways and Means
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: N/a

Incumbent running: No

2012 candidates for MA-01

Confirmed: Richard Neal
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Out: None so far
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Richard Edmund Neal has been a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 2nd District of Massachusetts, since 1989.


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
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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 - 19/20 100 - 20/20
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 55 - 11/20 not avail.

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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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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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance$ 43,750
FMR Corp$ 32,250
Votesane PAC$ 24,500
New York Life Insurance$ 19,900
United Technologies$ 15,500
Ernst & Young$ 13,500
PriceWaterhouseCoopers$ 11,500
Bank of America$ 10,500
UBS AG$ 10,250
Abbott Laboratories$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' 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 Richard Neal
from the Center for Responsive Politics' 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 Richard Neal. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2208 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-5601 Fax: 202-225-8112
    Webform email
District offices
  • 4 Congress Street, Milford, MA 01757
    Ph: 508-634-8198 Fax: (none entered)
  • The Federal Building, 1550 Main Street, Suite 309, Springfield, MA 01103
    Ph: 413-785-0325 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
  • No campaign website entered.
  • 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.

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