William Delahunt

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William D. Delahunt was a Democratic member of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2011, representing the 10th District of Massachusetts.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Delahunt 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

Support for gun control

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

He also cosponsored H.R. 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 13, 2007.[3]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

Venezuelan oil

In winter 2005, Delahunt entered into a deal with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, in which non-profits in seven northeastern states would be sold Venezuelan owned- Citgo oil for below market price to provide winter heat for low income residents.[1][2] In Decmber, Fox News described the State Department as "furious," but USA Today reported that "State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said this month that CITGO "is free to decide ... how it distributes oil" and the Whithouse had no comment.[3]

The program has caused controversy in Washington. According to The Hill, in February 2006, "House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) wrote Citgo to demand documents about the program. The members, for example, asked how the company selected which communities would get the oil and whether the program violated federal antitrust laws....'Given President Chavez's clear anti-American sentiments, his current efforts must be viewed with concern that he is attempting to politicize the debate over U.S. energy policy,' the Barton and Whitfield letter stated. A Citgo official would not comment beyond the letter sent Feb. 17 in response to Barton's committee. The letter notes that senators had called on oil companies to donate some of their record profits to programs to distribute cheap fuel to poor people."[4]


Delahunt was born on July 18, 1941, in Quincy, Massachusetts. He was educated at Middlebury College and Boston College Law School and later served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. He served a term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives before serving as a district attorney of Norfolk County, Massachusetts for more than 20 years.

Congressional career

Delahunt was first elected to Congress after a bitter primary battle against Phil Johnston of Marshfield and Ian Bowles of Woods Hole. Johnston was initially declared the winner, but a recount, which ultimately ended up being done in court, gave the victory to Delahunt.

2006 elections

In 2006, Republicans nominated Jeffrey K. Beatty to face Delahunt in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [5] Delahunt retained his seat.

2008 elections

2008 superdelegate
This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Massachusetts superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, William Delahunt, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

  • "Delahunt says Obama will restore US image abroad", The Boston Globe, December 27, 2007
  • Delahunt's district went for Clinton by 74,634 to 53,714 in the Massachusetts primary.
  • Money in politics

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    Committees and Affiliations


    Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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

    Articles and Resources

    [6] "Behind scenes, unlikely allies spurred oil deal Delahunt-Chávez accord to be announced today"] Boston Globe, November 22, 2005.

    More Background Data

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


    DC office
    • 361a Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
      Ph: 202-224-6244 Fax: 202-228-5143
      Webform email
    District offices
    • 146 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
      Ph: 508-771-0666, 800-870-2626 Fax: (none entered)
    • 1250 Hancock Street, Suite 802-N, Quincy, MA 02169
      Ph: 617-770-3700, 800-794-9911 Fax: (none entered)
    On the Web
    Campaign office
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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. Thomas page on H.R. 1312


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