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Rep. Richard Neal (D)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-5601

Address: 2208 RHOB, DC 20515

Websites: neal.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (413) 785-0325

Address: 300 State Street, Springfield MA 01105-1711

Pittsfield MA

Phone: (413) 442-0946

Fax: (413) 443-2792

Address: 78 Center St., Pittsfield MA 01201

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Richard Neal Biography
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  • Elected: 1988, 13th term.
  • District: Massachusetts 1
  • Born: Feb. 14, 1949, Springfield
  • Home: Springfield
  • Education: Amer. Intl. Col., B.A. 1972, U. of Hartford, M.A. 1976
  • Professional Career: Staff asst., Springfield Mayor William C. Sullivan, 1973–78; High schl. & col. teacher, 1978–83.
  • Political Career: Springfield City Cncl., 1978–83; Springfield mayor, 1984–88.
  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Family: Married (Maureen)

Democrat Richard Neal, first elected in 1988, has established himself as one of his party’s pro-business leaders on economic policy. He holds a senior position on the powerful Ways and Means Committee and has close ties to the insurance and investment industries, which are his leading sources of campaign funds. Read More

Democrat Richard Neal, first elected in 1988, has established himself as one of his party’s pro-business leaders on economic policy. He holds a senior position on the powerful Ways and Means Committee and has close ties to the insurance and investment industries, which are his leading sources of campaign funds.

Neal grew up in Springfield amid the acute racial tensions of the mid-1960s. His parents died when he was a teenager, and Neal and his younger sisters received monthly Social Security survivor benefits while being raised by their grandmother and aunt. He graduated from American International College and earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Hartford. In Springfield, he worked for the mayor; and in 1978, while teaching high school and college history, he was elected to the City Council. As mayor from 1984 to 1988, Neal worked to rehabilitate the downtown area and revitalize neighborhoods.

His congressional predecessor, 36-year incumbent Edward Boland, a longtime pal of former Democratic House Speaker Thomas (Tip) O’Neill, essentially bequeathed him the House seat. Boland announced his retirement just before the filing deadline, and after Neal had traveled the district for a year. Unopposed in the Democratic primary, Neal won the general election with 80% of the vote.

Neal has a generally liberal voting record, especially since Democrats were consigned to the minority in 2011, but has favored enough moderate initiatives to separate himself from more-liberal Massachusetts colleagues. He voted for the 1996 welfare overhaul and supported both the North American Free Trade Agreement and normalization of trade relations with China, although organized labor opposed the pacts. He is also active in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Business Council, which does outreach to industry.

Neal is the ranking Democrat on the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee of Ways and Means, which handles many tax and tariff bills and which he chaired when Democrats were in the majority. He crusaded for repeal of the alternative minimum tax, which was designed to ensure that the wealthy pay a fair share of taxes but which has been increasingly ensnaring middle-income taxpayers. After years of trying, he succeeded in early 2013 in passing a permanent “patch” on the tax to keep pace with inflation. Neal also has sought to reform the tax code, which he has said is “creaking under its own weight.” He proposed in mid-2010 that the expiration of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy be used to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He took the lead for House Democrats on a popular proposal to clamp down on companies that incorporate in Bermuda and other offshore havens to avoid U.S. taxes. Neal also worked with the Obama administration on a bill to require employers who do not sponsor retirement plans for their workers to automatically enroll them in Individual Retirement Accounts funded by payroll deductions, unless an employee opts out.

When Democrat Charles Rangel of New York was forced to step down as Ways and Means chairman in March 2010 while battling ethics problems, Neal was mentioned as a possible replacement, but the gavel went to the more senior Sander Levin of Michigan. Neal vigorously pushed for the job, arguing that the party needed to shelve its seniority tradition in favor of having a better spokesman in the role. He contended he would be a more business-friendly alternative to Levin, who is strongly pro-labor, and could work more closely with Republicans to get bills passed. Neal raised substantial sums for endangered Democratic incumbents in the 2010 election—always a good way to get the leadership to take notice. After the election, he won a 23-22 vote of the Democratic Steering Committee. But he lost to Levin on a vote of the full caucus, 109-78, with many Democrats indicating they were not ready to upend the seniority system.

On local issues, Neal has focused on the economic problems of Springfield. In 2007, he was instrumental in securing a $22 million grant for renovation of its Union Station, as well as $121 million in 2010 for high-speed rail service in the region. To help the growing number of craft-beer brewers in his district and elsewhere, he introduced a bipartisan bill in January 2013 to cut excise taxes on beer in half.

Neal had serious primary challenges in 1990 and 1992, but won reelection by healthy margins. He ran unopposed in four successive elections before facing a challenge in 2010 from Republican business executive Thomas Wesley. Neal campaigned aggressively, getting Education Secretary Arne Duncan to appear with him on opening day of school in Springfield, and he won with 57% of the vote.

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Richard Neal Election Results
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2012 General
Richard Neal (D)
Votes: 261,936
Percent: 100.0%
2012 Primary
Richard Neal (D)
Votes: 40,295
Percent: 65.51%
Andrea Nuciforo (D)
Votes: 15,159
Percent: 24.64%
Bill Shein (D)
Votes: 6,059
Percent: 9.85%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (57%), 2008 (98%), 2006 (100%), 2004 (100%), 2002 (100%), 2000 (100%), 1998 (100%), 1996 (72%), 1994 (59%), 1992 (53%), 1990 (100%), 1988 (80%)
Richard Neal 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 86 (L) : 13 (C) 85 (L) : 15 (C) 82 (L) : 18 (C)
Social 93 (L) : - (C) 85 (L) : - (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 94 (L) : - (C) 89 (L) : 8 (C) 84 (L) : 12 (C)
Composite 93.3 (L) : 6.7 (C) 89.3 (L) : 10.7 (C) 86.0 (L) : 14.0 (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
FRC100
LCV9186
CFG1618
ITIC-75
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ADA8590
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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: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • 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: N
    • 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: Y
    • 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: N
    • 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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