Difference between revisions of "Stephen Lynch"
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|Running for U.S. Senate, Massachusetts|
|Date of primary||April 30, 2013|
|General election||June 25, 2013|
|U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 8|
|October 16, 2001-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||14|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||October 16, 2001|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Massachusetts State Senate|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives|
|High school||South Boston High School|
|Bachelor's||Wentworth Institute of Technology (1988)|
|Master's||Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government|
|J.D.||Boston College (1991)|
|Date of birth||March 31, 1955|
|Place of birth||Boston|
|Profession||Attorney, union leader|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Lynch won re-election on November 6th, 2012.
Lynch was born and raised in South Boston. A graduate of South Boston High School, he began his professional career as an ironworker. He became the union's youngest president when he assumed the position at age 30.
Lynch received additional education after initially joining the workforce. He earned a B.A. From the Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1988. Lynch received a J.D. from Boston College in 1991 and later attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government where he achieved a Masters Degree in Public Administration in 1999.
Lynch currently serves as co-chair of the Task Force on Terrorism and Proliferation Financing. He is a co-founder of the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus.
Lynch serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Financial Services
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census Ranking Member
- U.S. House Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsored Enterprises
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
- U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy Ranking Member
- Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations
- Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform
According to Lynch's official House website, he supports removing most troops from Iraq by 2011.
Some of the bills Lynch introduced include:
- FEHBP Prescription Drug Integrity, Transparency, and Cost Savings Act
- United States Postal Service Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011
Lynch 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.
|U.S. House, Massachusetts District 8 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Stephen Lynch Incumbent||71%||263,999|
|Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"|
On his campaign website, Lynch lists thirteen issues. They are:
Excerpt: "Lynch believes the Federal government needs to create conditions that will induce the private sector to begin lending to creditworthy developers, businesses, and consumers. "
- Wall Street
Excerpt: "Stephen Lynch opposed the Wall Street bailout, which rewarded bankers and executives for risky behavior that drove our nation into recession. He believes we must hold Wall Street executives accountable for their actions, and he’s fighting for hard reforms to the banking system to ensure that we don’t pay for their mistakes again."
Excerpt: "Stephen Lynch believes that education is the foundation of opportunity in the United States. He supported the renewal of Head Start, the premiere early education program in the United States for more than 40 years."
- College Affordability
Excerpt: "The rising cost of attending U.S. colleges and universities is a growing concern as many students are finding that their dream of attending an institution of higher education is out of financial reach. Stephen Lynch is committed to ensuring that all qualified students are given the opportunity to achieve their dream by making college more affordable and more accessible for America’s hard-working families and students."
- Working families
Excerpt: "After working 18 years as an ironworker, Stephen Lynch knows you can’t live the American dream without a decent job. He fought for the first minimum wage increase in a decade – to ensure that the minimum wage can be a living wage."
- America's future
Excerpt: "Too many families today are worried about the burden we are putting on future generations. In order for our children to have the promise of America, we have to get our federal spending under control. Stephen Lynch has fought to end corporate bailouts and misplaced spending. And he supports “pay as you go” legislation that forces Congress to keep its book balanced, just like the rest of us."
Excerpt: "Stephen Lynch supports President Obama’s transition plan in Afghanistan, maintaining peace, and bringing our troops home as soon as possible. Having been to Afghanistan eight times, where he has met with Afghan political leaders and U.S. military leaders and soldiers, he has a keen understanding of the conditions on the ground."
- Renewable Energy
Excerpt: "Stephen Lynch believes that the federal government must take an active role in reducing our energy consumption and dependence on foreign oil, and create a secure and sustainable energy future. He supports the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which moves us toward these goals by promoting renewable, clean energy resources, energy efficiency, reducing global warming pollution, and transitioning to a clean energy economy."
- Health Care
Excerpt: "Stephen Lynch believes that every American should have access to quality healthcare, regardless of their employment status or income level."
Excerpt: "Stephen Lynch supported the Obama Administration’s removal of U.S. military forces in Iraq. Lynch believes that there is still a role for the U.S. to play as a partner in assisting with Iraq’s continued development."
- Labor and Working Families
Excerpt: "He believes in equal pay, prevailing wage, and the Employee Free Choice Act."
- Social Security and Retirement Security
Excerpt: "Stephen Lynch believes that it is vital to preserve Social Security for today's retirees and to strengthen it for the future as a cornerstone of the retirement plan for Americans. Social Security is a reflection of the best ideals of our nation. Based on the noble and principled notion of shared sacrifice, it is a program that has provided financial independence for generations of Americans."
Excerpt: "Stephen Lynch believes that one of the most important ways America can show its gratitude to its veterans for their heroic and dedicated service to our nation is by providing them with the finest medical care possible. When the Bush White House tried to close four VA hospitals in the 9th/new 8th District, Lynch successfully led the effort to keep them open. He has been a champion of health care for veterans, and was a strong supporter of the New GI bill." 
|U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 9, 2008|
|Democratic||Stephen Lynch Incumbent||76.3%||242,166|
|Stephen Lynch (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$674,239.69||$92,871.54||$(89,643.79)||$677,467.44|
|July Quarterly||June 30, 2012||$677,467.44||$106,465.52||$(91,943.31)||$691,989.65|
Congressional Staff Salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lynch paid his congressional staff a total of $1,053,822 in 2011. He ranks 87th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 112th 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, Lynch's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $6,009 and $1,240,998. That averages to $623,503.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.
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 2012, Stephen Lynch was ranked the 123rd most liberal representative during 2011.
Lynch is married to Margaret Shaughnessy. They have one daughter.
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- Media coverage:
- Gov Track "Lynch" Accessed May 25, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
- Stephen Lynch Official House Website "About" Accessed on August 25, 2011
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Stephen Lynch Official House Website "Iraq" Accessed on August 25, 2011
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- ABC News "Rep. Stephen Lynch Runs for Massachusetts Senate Seat; Scott Brown’s Decision Still Unknown," January 31, 2013
- Boston Herald "Redistricting throws U.S. Reps. Keating, Lynch into likely faceoff" Accessed January 22, 2012
- Stephen Lynch for Congress "Issues" August 16, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
- Federal Election Commission "Stephen Lynch Summary Report," Accessed July 2, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Stephen Lynch April Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Stephen Lynch July Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
- LegiStorm "Stephen Lynch"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Lynch, (D-Mass), 2010"
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
|U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 8
| Succeeded by|
|U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 9
| Succeeded by|
William Keating (D)