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|U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 7|
|January 3, 1999-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||15|
|Predecessor||Ed Markey (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 1998|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Mayor, Somerville, MA|
|Somerville Board of Aldermen|
|High school||Somerville High School (1969)|
|Bachelor's||Dartmouth College (1973)|
|J.D.||Boston College (1977)|
|Birthday||January 9, 1952|
|Place of birth||Somerville, MA|
|Profession||Attorney, union leader|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Prior to his congressional carreer Capuano served on the Somerville Board of Aldermen, as the chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts General Court Joint Committee on Taxation as well as the mayor of Sommerville, Massachusetts. 
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Capuano is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, Capuano attended Somerville High School and graduated in 1969. He then earned an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College in 1973 and in 1977 received a law degree from Boston College.
Just before finishing law school, Capuano was elected in 1976 to serve on the Somerville Board of Aldermen -- to the same seat once held by his father.
- In 1979, Capuano ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Somerville. He was once again defeated in a bid for the same position in 1981.
- From 1978 to 1984, Capuano was the chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts General Court Joint Committee on Taxation.
- Capuano was once again elected as an alderman in 1985, a position he held until 1989.
- In 1990 he was elected mayor of Somerville, serving until 1998
- Capuano was first elected to the U.S. House in 1998, a position he still holds today.
Capuano serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
- Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance - Ranking Minority Member
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
- United States House of Representatives Committee on Ethics
Capuano served on the following committees and subcommittees:
- U.S. House Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking member
- Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity
- U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment
American response in Syria
Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013, “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”
The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, [sic] 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the letter asked.
“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict,” stated the letter.
According to his campaign website, Capuano is an "outspoken opponent" of the Iraq war. He voted against the Congressional Resolution to authorize the use of force and works to bring the troops home.
Capuano voted against the PATRIOT Act as well as against the extension of the law.
Some of the bills Capuano introduced in the 112th Congress include:
Capuano voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.
On his campaign website, Capuano listed twelve issues. They are:
- Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Excerpt: "He believes we must remain a government of laws. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has honored him with their Champion of the Constitution award."
Excerpt: "Mike has been deeply involved in efforts to stabilize our nation's economy as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services."
Excerpt: "Mike believes that the federal government should adequately fund education in our cities and towns, and that it honors its legislative mandates by providing requisite resources to meet them — including proper funding for students with disabilities."
- Energy and the Environment
Excerpt:"Mike Capuano strongly believes that we must address climate change before it is too late."
Excerpt: "Mike has worked to increase the transparency of government and accountability of elected officials, both as a Mayor and as a Member of Congress."
- Health Care
Excerpt: "Mike has worked tirelessly to help Massachusetts retain its preeminence in health care education and innovation during his six terms in Congress."
- Iraq and Afghanistan
Excerpt: "Mike voted against the Congressional Resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq in October 2002; and has been an outspoken critic of that war. Mike remains gravely concerned about the conduct and the prospects of our operations in Afghanistan, and about the future of neighboring Pakistan."
- Middle East
Excerpt: "Mike Capuano is deeply committed to the state of Israel, a staunch ally of the United States and a country that shares our democratic values."
- Rights of Women
Excerpt: "Congressman Mike Capuano has always been an effective advocate for advancing women's rights, and sensitive to issues of concern to women."
Excerpt: "In 2002 the Boston Anti-Slavery Group brought a victim of slavery from Sudan into Mike’s office. Upon hearing his story, Mike was compelled to act and brought a resolution condemning slavery in Sudan to the floor, where it passed unanimously on July 16, 2003."
Excerpt: "As the only member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from Massachusetts, Mike was instrumental in securing $3.658 billion in funding over 6 years during the last reauthorization for Massachusetts’s highways and bridges, and $1.576 billion over the same time period for transit projects. This investment in our critical infrastructure needs totaled $5.23 billion, and was a 25 percent increase over the previous multi-year transportation bill."
- Veterans' Affairs
Excerpt: "Mike Capuano is an outspoken and passionate supporter of our country’s veterans and their families." 
|U.S. House, Massachusetts District 7 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Michael Capuano Incumbent||73.9%||210,794|
|Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"|
Capuano was endorsed by the organizations below for the 2012 election.
- Boston Carmen's Union Local 589 of the Amalgamated Transit Union
- American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts
- Boston Teachers Union
- Boston Metro Area Local 100 of American Postal Workers Union
- Sierra Club of Massachusetts
- Massachusetts AFL-CIO
To view the full congressional electoral history for Michael Capuano, click [show] to expand the section.
Comprehensive donor information for Capuano is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Capuano raised a total of $8,774,088 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.
|Michael Capuano's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 7)||$909,487|
|2010||U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 8)||$3,699,635|
|2008||U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 8)||$1,087,336|
|2006||U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 8)||$836,728|
|2004||U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 8)||$839,302|
|2002||U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 8)||$753,404|
|2000||U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 8)||$648,196|
|Grand Total Raised||$8,774,088|
|Michael Capuano Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 11, 2013||$482,483.02||$42,825.00||$(34,163.63)||$491,144.39|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$491,144.39||$53,696.54||$(66,265.78)||$478,575.15|
Cost per vote
Capuano spent $2.82 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, 2012 - Michael Capuano Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||No records available|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||No records available|
|Top contributors to Michael Capuano's campaign committee|
|Thornton & Naumes||$21,000|
|Global Partners LP||$18,000|
|American Crystal Sugar||$10,000|
|Carpenters & Joiners Union||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$47,800|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Capuano most often votes with:
Capuano least often votes with:
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.
According to the data released in 2013, Capuano was ranked the 22nd most liberal representative during 2012.
Capuano was 1 of 19 members of congress who ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2011.
Voting with party
Capuano voted with the Democratic Party 91.9% of the time, which ranked 132 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
Lifetime missed votes
According to the website GovTrack, Capuano missed 431 of 9,871 roll call votes from Jan 1999 to Mar 2013, which is 4.4% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Capuano paid his congressional staff a total of $1,182,086 in 2011. He ranked 14th on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 17th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Massachusetts ranked 2nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
According to an analysis by CNN, Capuano was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Capuano's staff was given an apparent $69,100.00 in bonus money.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Capuano's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $396,028 and $2,432,997. This averages to $1,414,512, which is a 12.08% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Capuano's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $261,028 and $2,262,995. That averages to $1,262,011.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.
Capuano and his wife Barbara have two children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Michael + Capuano + Massachusetts + House
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- Media coverage:
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Michael Everett Capuano," Accessed September 1, 2011
- Joan Puglia for Ward 7, "PDS Questionnaire," August 8, 2011
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Official House Website, "Committees and Caucuses," Accessed on August 31, 2011
- Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
- Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
- Mike Capuano Campaign site, "Bio," Accessed September 1, 2011
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Mike Capuano for Congress, "Issues," August 14, 2012
- Boston Globe, "Murray adds to the buzz over 2014 governor’s race," November 15, 2012
- The Phoenix, "The Gathering Storm," November 7, 2012
- Boston Herald, "Redistricting throws U.S. Reps. Keating, Lynch into likely faceoff," Accessed January 22, 2012
- Mike Capuano's Campaign Website, "Endorsements," Accessed October 4, 2012)
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Michael Capuano," Accessed May 16, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Michael Capuano Summary Report," Accessed July 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Michael Capuano April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Michael Capuano July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
- Open Secrets, " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
- GovTrack, "Michael Capuano," Accessed June 25, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Michael Capuano," Accessed August 5, 2013
- GovTrack, "Capuano," Accessed May 23, 2012
- National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- GovTrack, "Michael Capuano" Accessed April 2013
- LegiStorm, "Mike Capuano"
- CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Capuano, (D-Mass), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Capuano, (D-Mass), 2010"
|U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 7
| Succeeded by|
Joseph Kennedy II
|U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 8
| Succeeded by|