Richard Neal

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Richard Neal
Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byKevin Brady
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byJohn Olver
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byEdward Boland
Succeeded byJim McGovern
50th Mayor of Springfield
In office
Preceded byTheodore Dimauro
Succeeded byMary Hurley
Personal details
Richard Edmund Neal

(1949-02-14) February 14, 1949 (age 75)
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Maureen Neal
EducationHolyoke Community College
American International College]] (BA)
University of Hartford (MA)
WebsiteHouse website

Richard Edmund Neal (born February 14, 1949) is an American politician and the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 1st congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party and a former city councilor and mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts.[1]

Following the Democrats winning the House majority, Neal became the next Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee in January 2019.

Political career[change | change source]

Since 1977, Richard Neal has won 3 city council elections, 3 mayoral elections, and 17 United States House of Representatives elections.

Neal began his career in elected office after winning election in 1977 to the city council of Springfield, Massachusetts. After twice winning reelection to the city council (in 1979 and 1981), Neal was elected mayor of the city in 1983. He was twice reelected mayor, in 1985 and 1987.

In 1988, Neal was elected as a Democrat to represent Massachusetts 2nd district in the United States House of Representatives. He was subsequently reelected to this district eleven times. In 2012, he was redistricted to Massachusetts 1st district, to which he was elected. He has subsequently been reelected to this district four times, with his latest re-election occurring in 2020.

References[change | change source]

  1. Alston, Farnsworth; Carter, Mary Ann; Randolph, Sarah (eds.) (2009). "Neal, Richard E." Congressional Directory for the 111th Congress (2009–2010). Washington: Government Printing Office. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-16-083727-2.

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