Seth Moulton

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Seth Moulton
U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 6
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorJohn Tierney (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$22.23 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$3,363,693
Term limitsN/A
High schoolPhillips Academy Andover
Master'sHarvard Business School
OtherMPA from John F. Kennedy School of Government
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Marine Corps.
Years of service5
Service branchSpecial Assistant to General Petraeus
Place of birthSalem, Massachusetts
ProfessionPresident of Eastern Healthcare Partners
Office website
Campaign website
Seth Moulton campaign logo
Seth Moulton is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District. He first won the seat in 2014.

Moulton defeated incumbent Rep. John Tierney in the 2014 Democratic primary.[1][2] He then defeated Richard Tisei (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]


Moulton was born in Salem, Massachusetts. He attended high school at Phillips Academy Andover, graduating in 1997.[4] Moulton went on to attend Harvard University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in physics in 2001. After graduating, Moulton joined the Marine Corps and served four tours in Iraq between 2002 and 2008.[5]

After completing his military service, Moulton again enrolled at Harvard University, where he earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2011.[6]

Moulton's professional experience includes working as the former managing director of Texas Central Railway and as the current president and co-founder of Eastern Healthcare Partners.[7]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Moulton's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District
  • 2013-Present: President of Eastern Healthcare Partners
  • 2011-2012: Managing Director at Texas Railway
  • June 2010-August 2010: Summer Associate of Public Sector Infrastructure at Goldman Sachs
  • 2011: Graduated from Harvard University with an M.B.A. and an M.P.P.
  • 2001-2008: Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps
  • 2001: Graduated from Harvard University with a B.S.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Moulton serves on the following committees:[8]


On The Issues Vote Match

Seth Moulton's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Moulton is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Moulton received a score of 62 percent on social issues and 14 percent on economic issues.[9]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[10]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[9] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Campaign themes


Moulton's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[11]

  • ISIS
Excerpt: "ISIS presents a clear threat to American interests and American national security. They have killed Americans abroad, and made clear their desire to attack Americans here at home. ISIS is an evil organization and our policy should be to defeat them. However, that does not mean we should use American ground troops."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "Congress is failing our veterans. As a veteran myself, I see it firsthand. We have never had fewer veterans in Congress in our nation’s history, so it’s not surprising that so few Members of Congress understand the urgency of the problem. We can’t solve these problems overnight, but with the right leadership we can begin to fix the system and give veterans the opportunities they have earned."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Like millions of Americans, I'm still paying student loan bills every month. I understand firsthand the challenges that come with college debt. I will work to lower both student loan interest rates and tuition costs for today’s college students, so the next generation is not burdened by a mountain of college loan debt."
  • Gun Violence
Excerpt: "American gun policy is firmly on the wrong track. Of the 109 firearm laws passed in state legislatures in the year following the Newtown shooting, 70 of the new laws eased restrictions on gun usage and availability."
  • Social Security and Medicare
Excerpt: "Social Security is one of our greatest achievements of the last century, and a contract between generations that we must honor. However, the current system is threatened because it does not cope with ongoing demographic changes. As our population ages, we need to support those seniors that paid into the system and ensure that future generations also benefit. That's why we need to eliminate the payroll tax cap."
  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "Congress needs to create the economic environment to spur growth and create new jobs. Instead, today’s Congress is standing in the way and standing by—standing in the way of job growth with partisan gridlock and taxes that hurt small businesses, and standing by as the middle class gets squeezed."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "As someone with experience in health care, I believe better health care is not just a right, but also smart policy—good health care means better lives, stronger communities, and economic innovation. America spends 52% more per capita on health care than any other country in the world, and yet we rank 12th in health care results. Better health care policy should improve both—improving outcomes across the board, for everyone in America, while also reducing costs and inefficiencies."



See also: Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Moulton won the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District.[12] Moulton defeated incumbent John Tierney in the Democratic primary on September 4, 2014, before defeating Richard Tisei (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSeth Moulton 53.6% 149,638
     Republican Richard Tisei 40.2% 111,989
     Independent Chris Stockwell 3.7% 10,373
     Write-in Other 0.1% 219
     Blank None 2.4% 6,700
Total Votes 278,919
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State Official Results
U.S. House, Massachusetts District 6 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSeth Moulton 50.8% 36,575
John Tierney Incumbent 40.1% 28,915
Marisa DeFranco 6% 4,293
John Devine 2.1% 1,527
John Gutta 1% 691
All others 0% 36
Total Votes 72,037
Source: Massachusetts Elections Division

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Moulton is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Moulton raised a total of $3,363,693 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 15, 2015.[13]

Seth Moulton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 6) Won $3,363,693
Grand Total Raised $3,363,693


Moulton won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Moulton's campaign committee raised a total of $3,363,693 and spent $3,326,394.[14] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[15]

Cost per vote

Moulton spent $22.23 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 6, 2014 - Seth Moulton Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,363,693
Total Spent $3,326,394
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $2,014,233
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $2,008,058
Top contributors to Seth Moulton's campaign committee
Democracy Engine$1,169,019
Harvard University$48,133
Bain Capital$25,300
Cross Country Group$14,600
Atlas Venture$10,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$263,700
Lawyers/Law Firms$112,300
Leadership PACs$95,750

Below are Moulton's FEC reports.[16]

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External links


  1. The Washington Post, "Seth Moulton Will Challenge John Tierney in Primary," accessed July 14, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Politico, "2014 Massachusetts House Primaries Results," accessed September 9, 2014
  3. Politico, "House Election Results," accessed November 12, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Seth Moulton," accessed January 26, 2015
  5. National Journal, "Massachusetts-6: Seth Moulton (D)," accessed February 6, 2015
  6. Campaign Site, "Seth Moulton About Page," accessed February 4, 2015
  7. Huffington Post, "Seth Moulton," accessed February 6, 2015
  8. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  9. 9.0 9.1 On The Issues, "Seth Moulton Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  10. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  11. Seth Moulton for Congress, "Issues," accessed February 4, 2015
  12. The Salem News, "Moulton To Run for Congress," accessed July 14, 2013
  13. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Seth Moulton," accessed April 15, 2015
  14. Open Secrets, "Seth Moulton 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 7, 2015
  15. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 7, 2015
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Seth Moulton 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 15, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed May 15, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 12, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
John Tierney (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts, 6th District
Succeeded by