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Stephen Lynch
Stephen Lynch.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
Date of primaryApril 30, 2013
General electionJune 25, 2013
Current office
U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 8
In office
October 16, 2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMichael Capuano (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedOctober 16, 2001
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts State Senate
1996-2001
Massachusetts House of Representatives
1995-1996
Education
High schoolSouth Boston High School
Bachelor'sWentworth Institute of Technology (1988)
Master'sHarvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
J.D.Boston College (1991)
Personal
BirthdayMarch 31, 1955
Place of birthBoston
ProfessionAttorney, union leader
Net worth$673,008
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Stephen Lynch campaign logo
Stephen Lynch (b. March 31, 1955) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Lynch serves the 8th congressional district of Massachusetts. He ran for re-election in 2012 to the 8th congressional district seat, due to redistricting, after previously serving in the 9th district.

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

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

Biography

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.[3]

Career

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.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Lynch serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

  • 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

Issues

Political positions

Iraq

According to Lynch's official House website, he supports removing most troops from Iraq by 2011.[5]

Specific votes

Some of the bills Lynch introduced include:

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[6]

Polls

2013

General election

General candidates: Markey v. Gomez
Poll Ed Markey Gabriel GomezUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
WBUR
June 6-9, 2013
46%39%15%+/-4.4500
Suffolk University
June 6-9, 2013
48%41%10%+/-4.4500
Public Policy Polling
June 3-4, 2013
47%39%14%+/-4.1560
New England College
June 1-2, 2013
52%40%8%+/-3.62734
Yougov America
May 30-June 4, 2013
42%32%26%+/-5.4500
Public Policy Polling
May 13-15, 2013
48%41%11%+/-3.3880
OnMessage
May 5-7, 2013
46%43%11%+/-3.4800
WBUR
May5-6, 2013
46%38%16%+/-4.4497
Suffolk University/News 7
May 4-7, 2013
54%35%11%+/-4.4500
Public Policy Polling
May 3, 2013
44%40%16%+/-2.51,539
AVERAGES 47.3% 38.8% 13.8% +/-3.99 701
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


General candidates: Markey v. Gomez
Poll Ed Markey Gabriel GomezUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Suffolk University
June 19-22
52%42%4%+/-4.4500
Western New England University
June 16-20, 2013
49%41%9%+/-3.7717
New England College
June 18-20, 2013
56%36%8%+/-4.07579
Emerson College
June 19-20, 2013
51%41%8%+/-2.51,422
UMass Lowell-Boston Herald
June 15-19, 2013
56%36%7%+/-4600
McLaughlin & Associates
June 17-19, 2013
47%44%9%+/-31,100
OnMessage
June 16-17, 2013
47%40%12%+/-4600
Boston Globe
June 11-14, 2013
54%41%5%+/-3.6755
Harper Polling
June 10-11, 2013
49%37%14%+/-4.39498
AVERAGES 51.22% 39.78% 8.44% +/-3.74 752.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

The OnMessage poll from May 5-7, 2013 was commissioned jointly by the Gomez campaign and National Republican Senatorial Committee.[7]

Democratic primary

Democratic primary candidates: Markey v. Lynch
Poll Ed Markey Stephen LynchUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Released by Stephen Lynch campaign
April 24, 2013
44.5%38.9%16.5%+/-2.71,374
Western New England Univ
April 11-18, 2013
38%15%37%+/-4.5480
Public Policy Polling
March 26-27,2013
49%32%9%+/-4.4496
Mass Inc./WBUR
March 19-21,2013
35%24%41%+/-4.1610
UMass Lowell/Boston Herald
March 2-March 5, 2013
50%20.5%30%+/-4600
MassINC Polling Group
February 11-13
38%31%26%+/-4.4498
Public Policy Polling
January 29-30
52%19%29%+/-4.9404
AVERAGES 43.79% 25.77% 26.93% +/-4.14 637.43
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

The UMASS Lowell/Boston Herald poll also indicated that, if the June 25 general election were held on that date, March 6th, Ed Markey would defeat state Representative Daniel Winslow by 23 percentage points, former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez by 19.5 percentage points, and former US attorney Michael Sullivan by 17 points.[8]

MassINC Polling Group Poll

With respect to the demographics of the MassINC poll, questions regarding the Democratic primary were only asked to respondents who classified themselves as Democrat or Independent/Unenrolled. Based on the information provided in the poll, 36% of the respondents were Democrat and 53% were Independent/Unenrolled.[9]

Elections

2013

See also: United States Senate special election in Massachusetts, 2013

Lynch announced that he will seek election to the United States Senate seat vacated by John Kerry, after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate to Secretary of State.[10]

Lynch and Ed Markey have agreed to participate in six debates. Three of which will be focused on general issues and the each of the remaining three will be focused on a different topic. One will be centered on jobs, another on domestic issues, and the final one will center on foreign affairs. The debates will be held throughout the state with confirmed locations in Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Lowell, and New Bedford. The final location is to be announced.[11]

Endorsements

  • Massachusetts Building Trades Council
"When we get engaged in a campaign, we’re all in."[12]

2012

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

Lynch ran for re-election in 2012. He has been redistricted and sought re-election in the 8th congressional district of Massachusetts.[13] He faced no opposition in the Democratic primary.

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Lynch Incumbent 71% 263,999
     Republican Joe Selvaggi 22.1% 82,242
     N/A All Others 0.2% 570
     N/A Blank Votes 6.7% 24,883
Total Votes 371,694
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

Campaign Issues

On his campaign website, Lynch lists thirteen issues. They are:[14]

  • Economy

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."

  • Education

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."

  • Afghanistan

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."

  • Iraq

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."

  • Veterans

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." [14]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Lynch won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Vernon Harrison (R) and Philip Dunkelbarger (I) in the general election.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 9, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Lynch Incumbent 68.3% 157,071
     Republican Vernon Harrison 26.1% 59,965
     Independent Philip Dunkelbarger 5.5% 12,572
     None Other 0.2% 356
Total Votes 229,964

2008

On November 4, 2008, Lynch won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the general election.[16]

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 9, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Lynch Incumbent 76.3% 242,166
     None Other 1% 3,128
     None Blank/Scattering 22.7% 72,126
Total Votes 317,420

Campaign donors

2012

Breakdown of funds according to source.

Lynch won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Lynch's campaign committee raised a total of $729,836 and spent $642,217.[17]

Analysis

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[18]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Lynch's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $12,018 and $1,333,998. This averages to $673,008, which is a 7.94% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[19]

2010

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.[20]

Political Analysis

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, Lynch was ranked the 129th most liberal representative during 2012. This was the most conservative ranking held by a representative of Massachusetts in 2012.[21]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Stephen Lynch was ranked the 123rd most liberal representative during 2011.[22]

Personal

Lynch is married to Margaret Shaughnessy. They have one daughter.

External links


References

  1. Gov Track "Lynch" Accessed May 25, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Stephen Lynch Official House Website "About" Accessed on August 25, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Stephen Lynch Official House Website "Iraq" Accessed on August 25, 2011
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. National Journal "In Massachusetts, Gomez Internal Poll Shows Close Race" accessed May 14, 2013
  8. Boston Herald "Markey leads Lynch by wide margin in new poll" accessed March 7, 2013
  9. MassINC Polling Group "WBUR Massachusetts Senate Special Election Poll,"accessed February 18, 2013
  10. ABC News "Rep. Stephen Lynch Runs for Massachusetts Senate Seat; Scott Brown’s Decision Still Unknown," January 31, 2013
  11. Boston Herald "Markey, Lynch agree to 6 debates," February 25, 2013
  12. MassLive.com "Massachusetts Building Trades Council endorses Democratic Senate candidate Stephen Lynch," February 21, 2013
  13. Boston Herald "Redistricting throws U.S. Reps. Keating, Lynch into likely faceoff" Accessed January 22, 2012
  14. 14.0 14.1 Stephen Lynch for Congress "Issues" August 16, 2012
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  17. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  18. LegiStorm "Stephen Lynch"
  19. OpenSecrets.org, "Lynch, (D-Mass), 2011"
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Lynch, (D-Mass), 2010"
  21. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Capuano
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 8
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Joe Moakley
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 9
2001-2013
Succeeded by
William Keating (D)