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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-8273

Address: 2133 RHOB, DC 20515

Websites: lynch.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (617) 428-2000

Address: 88 Black Falcon Avenue, Boston MA 02210-2433

Brockton MA

Phone: (508) 586-5555

Fax: (508) 580-4692

Address: 155 West Elm Street, Brockton MA 02301-4326

Quincy MA

Phone: (617) 657-6305

Fax: (617) 773-0995

Address: 1245 Hancock Street, Quincy MA 02169-4320

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Stephen Lynch Biography
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  • Elected: Oct. 2001, 6th full term.
  • District: Massachusetts 8
  • Born: Mar. 31, 1955, Boston
  • Home: South Boston
  • Education:

    Wentworth Inst., B.S. 1988, Boston Col. Schl. of Law, J.D. 1991, Harvard U. JFK Schl. of Gov., M.A. 1998

  • Professional Career:

    Structural ironworker, 1973-91; Practicing atty., 1991-2001.

  • Political Career:

    MA House of Reps., 1994-96; MA Senate, 1996-2001.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Margaret); 2 children

Democrat Stephen Lynch, who won a special election in 2001 to succeed the late Joe Moakley, is an ironworker-turned-lawyer who is popular with both blue-collar and white-collar constituents. He is less liberal than his Massachusetts Democratic colleagues, but no less ambitious—he jumped into a 2013 special election for the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry’s confirmation as secretary of State. Read More

Democrat Stephen Lynch, who won a special election in 2001 to succeed the late Joe Moakley, is an ironworker-turned-lawyer who is popular with both blue-collar and white-collar constituents. He is less liberal than his Massachusetts Democratic colleagues, but no less ambitious—he jumped into a 2013 special election for the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry’s confirmation as secretary of State.

Lynch grew up in Boston’s housing projects and took pride in making good by following the old ethnic precepts of hard work, family loyalty, and personal determination. After graduating from South Boston High School, he joined his father as a full-time ironworker while attending the Wentworth Institute. Eventually, he became the youngest president in the history of the 2,000-member Local 7 of the Ironworkers union. After a fall on the job cut short his ironworking career, he graduated from Boston College Law School and opened a legal practice representing working people. In 1994, he was elected to the state House. Fourteen months later, he won a special election for a seat in the state Senate.

Lynch built a political base in South Boston and had strong union ties, advantages that led him to pursue the seat when Moakley announced in February 2001 that he would not seek reelection. The ailing Moakley, who was beloved by many House Democrats as a link between the party’s old and new generations, died in May of that year. Lynch was one of several Democrats who had expressed interest in the race. The most prominent was Max Kennedy, son of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, but his campaign never gained traction. Lynch became the front-runner. He stumbled after The Boston Globe revealed his student loan defaults years earlier, plus a tax lien that was resolved in 1998. He had also been arrested twice two decades earlier, for striking an anti-American student demonstrator and for smoking marijuana at a concert.

Three other state senators opposed Lynch, and the strongest among them was Cheryl Jacques, who is openly gay and had support from EMILY’s List and other national feminist groups that criticized Lynch’s anti-abortion rights views. But her switch in opposition to capital punishment stirred controversy. Moakley’s two brothers, who wielded much influence, endorsed Lynch. Primary Election Day was September 11, 2001, but Republican Gov. Jane Swift decided not to postpone the vote despite the terrorist attacks. Lynch bested Jacques, 39% to 29%. In the anti-climactic general election five weeks later, he defeated another state senator, Jo Ann Sprague, 66%-33%.

In the House, Lynch falls roughly in the middle of the Democratic Caucus, and he has had the most conservative voting record in the Massachusetts delegation, especially on cultural issues. “That’s like being called the slowest of the Kenyans in the marathon,” he once quipped to the Boston Herald. He backed building a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border and was one of three Massachusetts House members to vote for the Iraq war resolution. When some Democrats in February 2012 called for releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to try to reduce gasoline prices, Lynch called the idea “premature.” He moderated his stance on abortion in February 2013, saying he believes it is a constitutionally protected right and that as a senator he would oppose anti-abortion Supreme Court nominees. He showed unexpected support for gay rights causes, developing a political alliance with home-state colleague Barney Frank, an openly gay Democrat.

Lynch’s mother was a postal clerk, and he has taken an interest in helping the financially strapped Postal Service. To address its overpaying tens of billions of dollars into the Civil Service Retirement System, he sponsored a measure in 2010 and 2011 to recalculate the retirement system obligations under a new formula. He praised a wide-ranging Postal Service overhaul that passed the Senate in 2012 but that House Republicans condemned as too costly.

Lynch also was much engaged in the congressional investigations into steroid use in professional baseball. When former Red Sox star pitcher Roger Clemens testified in February 2008 that he had not used steroids, Lynch said he doubted that Clemens was telling the truth and called for prosecuting players who use steroids. After questioning the extent of the FBI’s involvement with infamous South Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, Lynch introduced a bill in 2011 to increase congressional oversight of law enforcement agencies’ use of confidential informants.

His occasional departures from the party line were tolerated by the leadership, but Lynch went too far when he voted against the final health care overhaul bill in 2010. He was one of five Democrats to switch their votes after having backed the initial House version, and not even a last-minute appeal from Sen. Edward Kennedy’s widow, Victoria Kennedy, changed his mind. He cited the Senate’s decision to strip out an antitrust exemption for insurance companies and the elimination of the government-run public option to compete with insurers. “In the end, we allowed the insurance companies to prevail,” he said. He did side with his party against House Republicans’ legislation to repeal the law in January 2011.

Lynch has been reelected without great difficulty. His opposition to the health care bill prompted a primary challenge from the left in 2010 from Mac D’Alessandro, a former regional political director for the Service Employees International Union. D’Alessandro drew support from MoveOn.org and other progressive groups. But Lynch stressed his independence to voters, out-raised his opponent by more than 2-to-1, and won handily, 66%-34%. From there, he had an effortless ride to reelection, winning with 68%.

In early 2013, Lynch entered the primary contest for Kerry’s seat, a race that also drew his more-senior Massachusetts Democratic colleague, Ed Markey. Lynch said, “I think what the Senate could use—it’s such an elite club—is someone to bring the concerns of the average American people to the U.S. Senate, so they’re not so insulated.” But Markey easily defeated Lynch in the primary.

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Stephen Lynch Election Results
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2012 General
Stephen Lynch (D)
Votes: 263,999
Percent: 76.25%
Joe Selvaggi (R)
Votes: 82,242
Percent: 23.75%
2012 Primary
Stephen Lynch (D)
Votes: 29,352
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (68%), 2008 (99%), 2006 (78%), 2004 (100%), 2002 (100%), 2001 special (66%)
Stephen Lynch Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 90 (L) : 10 (C) 76 (L) : 23 (C) 82 (L) : 18 (C)
Social 62 (L) : 37 (C) 63 (L) : 36 (C) 68 (L) : 32 (C)
Foreign 68 (L) : 31 (C) 73 (L) : 26 (C) 68 (L) : 31 (C)
Composite 73.7 (L) : 26.3 (C) 71.2 (L) : 28.8 (C) 72.8 (L) : 27.2 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC1033
LCV9189
CFG521
ITIC-50
NTU1219
20112012
COC31-
ACLU-61
ACU016
ADA8080
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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