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{{Oppose vote}} Neal voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.<ref name=ns>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/26895/richard-neal?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,F,P#.UkBzXYakrMk ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Representative Richard Neal's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 23, 2013]</ref>
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{{Oppose vote}} Neal voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/26895/richard-neal?categoryId=22&type=V,S,R,F,P#.UkBz4IakrMk ''Vote Smart'', "Neal on Defense", accessed September 23, 2013]</ref>
 
{{Oppose vote}} Neal voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/26895/richard-neal?categoryId=22&type=V,S,R,F,P#.UkBz4IakrMk ''Vote Smart'', "Neal on Defense", accessed September 23, 2013]</ref>
  

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Richard Neal
Richard Neal.jpg
U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1989-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 25
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJohn Olver (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.85 in 2012
First elected1988
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,254,590
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, City of Springfield, MA
1984-1989
Education
Associate'sHolyoke Community College
Bachelor'sAmerican International College
Master'sUniversity of Hartford
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 14, 1949
Place of birthWorcester, MA
ProfessionTeacher and elected official
Net worth$126,505
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Richard Neal (b. February 14, 1949, in Worcester, Massachusetts) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Massachusetts' 1st congressional district. Neal was first elected to the House in 1988 and won re-election on November 6, 2012. [1]

Neal is set to run for re-election in Massachusetts' 1st congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his congressional career, Neal served as Mayor of Springfield, MA.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Neal is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Neal was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. His mother died when 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]

Career

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

2013-2014

Neal serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

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

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Neal's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Neal issued a statement regarding the situation in Syria on September 2, 2013.[10] In it he said, “I am pleased that President Obama is going to seek Congressional approval for any use of force in Syria. As someone who voted against the Iraq war, I want to see if the UN inspectors conclude that chemical weapons were used to attack and kill innocent civilians outside Damascus on August 21st. While the Syrian government needs to be held accountable for its outrageous behavior, I believe that every diplomatic option ought to be exhausted before the United States and its international partners contemplate any military action in the region.”[10]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" Neal voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Neal voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Neal voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[13] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[14]

King Amendment

Neal signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[15] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[16]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Neal voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Neal voted for HR 2775.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Neal voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Neal has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Neal voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 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.[26]

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts' 1st congressional district elections, 2014

Neal is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

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 absorbed 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.[27][28][29]

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"
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

Endorsements

The organizations and individuals below officially endorsed Neal for the 2012 election.[30]

  • Bill Clinton
  • State Senator Benjamin Downing
  • National Committee to Preserve and Protect Social Security and Medicare
  • Sierra Club
  • Massachusetts AFL-CIO
  • 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Neal is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Neal raised a total of $8,254,590 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[43]

Richard Neal's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 1) Won $1,793,586
2010 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 2) Won $2,273,405
2008 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 2) Won $1,621,922
2006 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 2) Won $715,000
2004 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 2) Won $572,781
2002 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 2) Won $557,181
2000 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 2) Won $720,715
Grand Total Raised $8,254,590

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Neal’s reports.[44]

Richard E. Neal (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2013$2,066,594.00$202,193.99$(99,837.18)$2,168,950.81
July Quarterly[46]July 15, 2013$2,168,950.81$241,937.88$(207,950.03)$2,202,938.66
October Quarterly[47]October 15, 2013$2,202,938.66$226,061.38$(113,095.27)$2,315,904.77
Year-end[48]January 31, 2014$2,315,904$184,673$(138,428)$2,362,150
April Quarterly[49]April 15, 2014$2,362,150$128,110$(178,506)$2,311,754
Running totals
$982,976.25$(737,816.48)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Neal's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[50]

Cost per vote

Neal spent $6.85 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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.[51]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Neal is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 24, 2013.[52]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[53]

Neal most often votes with:

Neal least often votes with:

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.[54]

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 ranked 62nd on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 81st 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.[55]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[56]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[57]

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.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Neal was ranked the 35th most liberal representative during 2012.[58]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Richard Neal was ranked the 60th most liberal representative during 2011.[59]

Voting with party

June 2013

Neal voted with the Democratic Party 94.6% of the time, which ranked 28th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[60]

Personal

Neal is married to Maureen. They have four children.[61]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Biography of Richard Neal," Accessed November 23, 2011
  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. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Official Neal House Website, "Biography," Accessed on November 23, 2011
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 WGGB, "Congressman Neal Makes Statement on Syria," accessed September 4, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Richard Neal's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 23, 2013
  12. Vote Smart, "Neal on Defense", accessed September 23, 2013
  13. Vote Smart, "Neal on Farm Bill 2013", accessed September 23, 2013
  14. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  15. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
  16. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Richard Neal's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 23, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Richard Neal's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed September 23, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Neal on abortion," accessed September 23, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," Accessed January 4, 2013.
  27. Associated Press, "Massachusetts Primary Results," Accessed September 6, 2012
  28. Berkshire Eagle, "Berkshires may lose rural voice with Olver's retirement," October 28, 2011
  29. Berkshire Eagle, "Nuciforo renews plans for Congress," October 27, 2011
  30. Neal's Official Campaign Website, News
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  41. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  42. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
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  44. Federal Election Commission, "Richard E. Neal Summary Report," accessed July 25, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Richard E. Neal April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Richard E. Neal July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  47. Federal Election Commission, "Richard E. Neal October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  48. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  49. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  50. Open Secrets, " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  51. Open Secrets, "Richard Neal 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 30, 2011
  52. GovTrack, "Neal," Accessed June 24, 2013
  53. OpenCongress, "Richard Neal," Accessed August 5, 2013
  54. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/richard_neal/400291 GovTrack, "Richard Neal," Accessed April 2013]
  55. LegiStorm, "Richard Neal"
  56. OpenSecrets.org, "Neal, (D-Massachusetts), 2011"
  57. OpenSecrets.org, "Neal, (D-Massachusetts), 2010"
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  59. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  60. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  61. Project Vote Smart, "Summary," Accessed November 23, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
John Olver
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 1
2013-Present
Succeeded by
-
Preceded by
Edward Boland
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 2
1989-2013
Succeeded by
Jim McGovern