Nicola Tsongas

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Nicola Tsongas ()
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Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Budget, House Committee on Natural Resources
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Niki Tsongas has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 5th District of Massachusetts, since 2007. She won the Democratic nomination to fill the seat left vacant by Marty Meehan (D-Mass.) in July 2007.


Positions, record and controversies

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Iraq war

Tsongas supports a fixed timeline for the withdrawal of American troops. On her official House Web site, Tsongas writes, "I believe the best and most responsible way to bring about this change is to set a timetable that requires the Iraqi government to step up to the plate and that fully engages with our concerted effort, the international community to bring about a political solution."[1]

Health care

Tsongas supports expanding access to health care to all Americans. To achieve this, she supports a national plan based on the Massachusetts Health Care "Connector" Plan. On her official House Web site, she writes that she would support "the most immediate hope for providing health care to all Americans that can be passed and implemented quickly, equitably, and cost effectively." [2]

Energy and environment

Tsongas supports a cap on total emissions, fines for greenhouse gas emitters, additional funding for alternative energy sources and increased conservation efforts.[3]

Homeland security

Tsongas supports increased funding for community policing efforts and for firefighters and the restoration of the assault weapons ban.</ref>"Homeland Security," Official Tsongas House Web site.</ref>


Tsongas supports early education programs such as Head Start, and she wants to ensure full federal funding for No Child Left Behind. She also supports measures to keep the cost of college down, such as the expansion of the Pell Grant and Stafford Loan programs.[4]


2007 elections

Tsongas sought to replace Rep. Marty Meehan (D-Mass.) who retired on July 1, 2007 to become Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She ran against Jim Ogonowski, who won the Republican nomination.[5][6]

On September 4, 2007, Tsongas won the special Democratic primary for the seat, defeating Lowell City Councilor Eileen Donoghue 36-32, with other candidates, James Eldridge, Barry Finegold and James Miceli, all State Reps, getting 14, 13 and 6 percent of the vote, respectively.[7]

Won special elections

With a 51-46 lead over Republican Jim Ogonowski, on October 16, 2007, Tsongas won the Massachusetts special election replacing Rep. Marty Meehan (D-Mass.). Tsongas, the widow of former Sen. Paul Tsongas (D-Mass.), was sworn into her husband's former seat. “Niki will be a tremendous asset to the Democratic caucus. Massachusetts voters sent a clear message: They support candidates who fight for their values to provide children’s health care and work to end the war in Iraq,” said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).[8]

2008 election

Tsongas was uncontested in the November general election.[9]

2008 superdelegate

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


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)
Foley Hoag LLP$ 19,350
Costas Provisions$ 12,100
Nuance Communications$ 10,400
Save Our Heritage$ 10,400
Harvard University$ 10,250
Mintz, Levin et al$ 10,200
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$ 10,000
Laborers Union$ 10,000
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union$ 10,000
Northrop Grumman$ 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 Nicola Tsongas
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)


More background data


DC office
  • 1607 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3411 Fax: 202-226-0771
    Webform email
District offices
  • 11 Kearney Square, 3rd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852
    Ph: (978) 459-0101 Fax: (none entered)
  • 305 Essex Street, 4th Floor, Lawrence, MA 01840
    Ph: (978) 681-6200 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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Articles and resources

See also


  1. "National Defense & Iraq," Official Tsongas House Web site.
  2. "Health care," Official Tsongas House Web site.
  3. "Enery & Environment," Official Tsongas House Web site.
  4. "Education," Official Tsongas House Web site.
  5. Aaron Blake. "Tsongas and Ogonowski win in Mass. special primary," The Hill, September 5, 2007.
  6. "Niki Tsongas, Democrat for Congress in Massachusetts," Official Niki Tsongas for Congress website.
  7. Aaron Blake. "Tsongas and Ogonowski win in Mass. special primary," The Hill, September 5, 2007.
  8. Aaron Blake. "Tsongas declared winner of Mass. special election," The Hill, October 16, 2007.
  9. "Election Center,"
  10. Dem Con Watch [1] As of June 10, 2008

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