Richard Neal

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Richard Neal
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U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 2
In office
January 3, 1989-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 26
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1988
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, City of Springfield, MA
AssociatesHolyoke Community College
Bachelor'sAmerican International College
Master'sUniversity of Hartford
Date of birthFebruary 14, 1949
Place of birthWorcester, MA
ProfessionTeacher and elected official
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
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Richard Neal (b. February 14, 1949) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Neal serves the 2nd congressional district of Massachusetts. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1991. The 2nd congressional district includes middle and western Massachusetts and the state capital of Springfield. He is running for re-election in 2012 for the first congressional district, due to redistricting.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Neal is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[1]


Neal was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. His mother died he was 13, at which point he moved in with his grandmother. His father was an alcoholic and died a few years later. [2]

He received a Bachelor's in Political Science from American International College. He continued his education at the University of Hartford, earning a Masters in Public Administration. He [3]


The following is a bulleted list of Neal's career.[4]

  • 1973-1978: Assistant to mayor William Sullivan, Springfield, MA
  • 1978-1984: Member of City Council of Springfield, MA
  • 1984-1988: Mayor of Springfield, MA
  • 1989-Present: Member, U.S. House from Massachusetts

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Neal serves on the following committees and subcommittees:[5]



See also: Redistricting in Massachusetts and United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts, 2012

Massachusetts is losing a U.S. House seat due to the updated 2010 census. Neal is running for re-election in 2012. Neal is running in the 1st Congressional district as he absorbs a good portion of western Massachusetts. He defeated Andrea Nuciforo, Jr. and Bill Shein in the Democratic primary on September 6, 2012. No Republicans filed to run for re-election in the district. Neal will be unopposed in the November 6, 2012 general election.[6][7][8]


On November 2, 2010, Neal won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Tom Wesley in the general election.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 2 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Neal Incumbent 57.3% 122,547
     Republican Tom Wesley 42.7% 91,181
Total Votes 213,728


On November 4, 2008, Neal won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the general election.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 2 Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Neal Incumbent 76.4% 234,369
     N/A Blank/Scattering 22.4% 68,820
     N/A All Others 1.2% 3,631
Total Votes 306,820

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Neal's reports.[11]

Richard Neal (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 31, 2012$2,453,188.68$128,045.51$(152,709.81)$2,428,524.38
July Quarterly[13]June 30, 2012$2,428,524.38$370,858.34$(599,217.79)$2,200,164.93
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Neal's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Neal won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Neal's campaign committee raised a total of $2,273,405 and spent $2,304,756.[14]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Neal paid his congressional staff a total of $1,083,877 in 2011. He ranks 62nd on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 81st overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Massachusetts ranks 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.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Neal's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $67,010 and $186,000. That averages to $126,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[16]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Neal voted with the Democratic Party 94.8% of the time, which ranked 16th among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[17]


Neal is married to Maureen. They have four children.[18]

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Boland
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 2
Succeeded by