|U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 2|
|January 3, 1989-Present|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||24|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Mayor, City of Springfield, MA|
|Bachelor's||American International College|
|Associate's||Holyoke Community College|
|Master's||University of Hartford|
|Birthday||February 14, 1949|
|Place of birth||Worcester, MA|
|Profession||Teacher and elected official|
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- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Neal won re-election on November 6th, 2012.
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. 
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.
The following is a bulleted list of Neal's career.
- 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
Neal serves on the following committees and subcommittees:
- U.S. Ways and Means Committee
- Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures Ranking member
Massachusetts is losing a U.S. House seat due to the updated 2010 census. Neal ran for re-election in 2012. Neal ran 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.
|Massachusetts' 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Richard E. Neal Incumbent||65.5%||40,165|
The following is a campaign ad released by Neal on the topic of social security.
Richard E. Neal, "Richard Neal Protecting Social Security"
The organizations and individuals below have official endorsed Neal.
- Bill Clinton
- State Senator Ben Downing
- National Committee to Preserve and Protect Social Security and Medicare
- Serra Club
- Massachusetts AFL-CIO
- 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
|U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 2 Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Richard Neal Incumbent||57.3%||122,547|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 2 Election, 2008|
|Democratic||Richard Neal Incumbent||76.4%||234,369|
|Richard Neal (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$2,453,188.68||$128,045.51||$(152,709.81)||$2,428,524.38|
|July Quarterly||June 30, 2012||$2,428,524.38||$370,858.34||$(599,217.79)||$2,200,164.93|
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.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives Congressional District 2, 2010 - Richard Neal Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$146,857|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$143,835|
|Top contributors to Richard Neal's campaign committee|
|Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance||$51,500|
|American College of Surgeons||$15,000|
|New York Life Insurance||$14,250|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$146,100|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
Percentage voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Neal has voted with the Democratic Party 94.8% of the time, which ranked 16th among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.
Neal is married to Maureen. They have four children.
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- Media appearances:
- Gov Track "Neal" Accessed May 24, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
- Boston Globe "Neal seeks top job on Ways and Means," June 4, 2010
- Richard Neal Campaign website "Meet Richie," Accessed November 23, 2011
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Biography of Richard Neal," Accessed November 23, 2011
- Official Neal House Website "Biography," Accessed on November 23, 2011
- Associated Press "Massachusetts Primary Results," Accessed September 6, 2012
- Berkshire Eagle "Berkshires may lose rural voice with Olver's retirement," October 28, 2011
- Berkshire Eagle "Nuciforo renews plans for Congress," October 27, 2011
- Neal's Campaign Website, Media
- YouTube channel
- Neal's Official Campaign Website, News
- MSNBC "2010 Election Results"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
- Federal Election Commission "Richard Neal Summary Report," Accessed July 2, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Richard Neal April Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Richard Neal July Quarterly," Accessed August 10, 2012
- Open Secrets "Richard Neal 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 30, 2011
- LegiStorm "Richard Neal"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Neal, (D-Massachusetts), 2010"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
- Project Vote Smart "Summary," Accessed November 23, 2011
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