Richie Neal is running for re-election to the United States House of Representatives in the newly formed first Congressional District of Massachusetts.
Following in the footsteps of Western Massachusetts’ dedicated and celebrated representatives in Washington, D.C., he has distinguished himself with his tireless work ethic, commitment to constituent service and is as Hillary Clinton said, “someone who delivers for his district.”
Richie Neal has spent his career dedicated to serving others, motivated by the experiences of people he has met along the way and his own personal story. Throughout his district and across the nation, he is known nationally as a champion of the middle class, an advocate for fairness and a voice of reason. John Olver calls him “one of the most powerful voices in the democratic caucus.”
As a senior member of the prestigious House Ways & Means Committee, he has fought relentlessly to protect Social Security and Medicare from privatization efforts, with President Bill Clinton saying, “Nobody has been a greater champion for preserving & protecting Social Security.” He was one of the chief strategists in defeating recent Republican efforts to dismantle Social Security, highlighting what he called “a manufactured crisis.” He believes strongly that Social Security benefits and Medicare can be preserved for generations of Americans.
This committee assignment also allows him to have considerable influence over tax and trade issues. He has drawn much attention to his efforts to end unintended tax subsidies for foreign insurance companies and has filed legislation that would end the tax loopholes that cost taxpayers billions of dollars and provide foreign-owned insurers a significant advantage over their U.S. competitors in serving the US market. Additionally, he has called for the simplification of the U.S. tax code, repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax and recently introduced the Automatic IRA Act of 2012 – a bill that provides the middle class with greater retirement security, receiving applause from both sides of the aisle, an infrequent occurrence these days, but nonetheless welcomed.
Throughout his public service career, working families have always been at the “forefront” of his mind when casting votes or crafting legislation. Massachusetts State AFL–CIO President Steve Tolman noted in the AFL-CIO’s recent endorsement that Richie Neal “has been there for working people throughout his entire career.” Brian Morrison, President of the Berkshire Central Labor Council said he was looking forward to communicating Neal’s record on “fighting for working families.” Rick Brown, President of the Pioneer Valley Labor Council called him the “clear choice” in 2012. Richie Neal is a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and a lifelong member of the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1459. He is clearly committed to working families.
Richie Neal has spent his career fighting to make western and central Massachusetts a better place to live. He has been a fought to preserve the quality of its hospitals, universities, and life science initiatives. He has secured federal assistance for bringing high speed rail and broadband access to western Massachusetts.
Richie Neal's efforts have not gone unnoticed. He has received hundreds of awards, honors and recognitions from businesses and organizations for his leadership. He has accepted honorary degrees from Springfield College, Western New England University, Elms College, Westfield State University and Suffolk University. Moreover, he has been recognized for his foreign accomplishments by the governments of Italy, Ireland, and Israel.
In addition to serving in the United States Congress, he commits his time as a Trustee at Mount Holyoke College, a Trustee at the Kennedy Library in Boston, serves on the Board of Directors at the Boys & Girls Club, of which he is also a lifetime member, and teaches a class on journalism to students at the University of Massachusetts.
Prior to serving in Congress, he served as Mayor of the City of Springfield, a Springfield City Councilor and Mayoral Aide. He received a graduate degree from the University of Hartford , an undergraduate degree from American International College, and graduated from Technical High School in Springfield. He resides in Springfield to this day.