Richard Neal

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Richard Neal
Richard Neal.jpg
U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 1
In office
January 3, 1989-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 26
PredecessorJohn Olver (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1988
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, City of Springfield, MA
Associate'sHolyoke Community College
Bachelor'sAmerican International College
Master'sUniversity of Hartford
Date of birthFebruary 14, 1949
Place of birthWorcester, MA
ProfessionTeacher and elected official
Net worth$126,505
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign 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 1st congressional district of Massachusetts. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1991. He ran for re-election in 2012 for the first congressional district, due to redistricting, after previously representing the 1st district.

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

Neal won re-election on November 6th, 2012.[2]


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. [3]

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.[4]


The following is a bulleted list of Neal's career.[5]

  • 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:[6]


Neal served on the following committees and subcommittees:[7]


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Neal 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.[8]



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

Massachusetts lost 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 election in the district. Neal was unopposed in the November 6, 2012 general election.[9][10][11]

General Results

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Neal Incumbent 77.8% 261,936
     N/A All Others 1.2% 4,197
     N/A Blank Votes 20.9% 70,422
Total Votes 336,555
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

Primary Results

Massachusetts' 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard E. Neal Incumbent 65.5% 40,165
Andrea Nuciforo 24.7% 15,123
Bill Shein 9.9% 6,048
Total Votes 61,336


The following is a campaign ad released by Neal on the topic of social security.[12]

Richard E. Neal, "Richard Neal Protecting Social Security"[13]


The organizations and individuals below officially endorsed Neal for the 2012 election.[14]

  • 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

Full History

Campaign donors


Breakdown of funds according to source.

Neal won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Neal's campaign committee raised a total of $1,793,587 and spent $1,793,587.[21]


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.[22]


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Neal missed 892 of 15,356 roll call votes from Jan 1989 to Mar 2013, which is 5.8%. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[23]

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.[24]

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 2011 was estimated between $67,010 and $186,000. This averages to $126,505, which is the same as 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[25]


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.[26]

Political positions

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, Neal was ranked the 35th most liberal representative during 2012.[27]


According to the data released in 2012, Richard Neal was ranked the 60th most liberal representative during 2011.[28]

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.[29]


Neal is married to Maureen. They have four children.[30]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Neal" Accessed May 24, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  3. Boston Globe "Neal seeks top job on Ways and Means," June 4, 2010
  4. Richard Neal Campaign website "Meet Richie," Accessed November 23, 2011
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Biography of Richard Neal," Accessed November 23, 2011
  6., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Official Neal House Website "Biography," Accessed on November 23, 2011
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Associated Press "Massachusetts Primary Results," Accessed September 6, 2012
  10. Berkshire Eagle "Berkshires may lose rural voice with Olver's retirement," October 28, 2011
  11. Berkshire Eagle "Nuciforo renews plans for Congress," October 27, 2011
  12. Neal's Campaign Website, Media
  13. YouTube channel
  14. Neal's Official Campaign Website, News
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Richard Neal 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 30, 2011
  23. GovTrack, "Richard Neal" Accessed April 2013]
  24. LegiStorm "Richard Neal"
  25., "Neal, (D-Massachusetts), 2011"
  26., "Neal, (D-Massachusetts), 2010"
  27. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  30. Project Vote Smart "Summary," Accessed November 23, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
John Olver
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Edward Boland
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 2
Succeeded by
Jim McGovern