Stephen Lynch

From Ballotpedia
Revision as of 23:31, 17 December 2012 by TomJx (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search
Stephen Lynch
Stephen Lynch.jpg
U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 9
In office
October 16, 2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 14
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedOctober 16, 2001
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts State Senate
Massachusetts House of Representatives
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)
Date of birthMarch 31, 1955
Place of birthBoston
ProfessionAttorney, union leader
ReligionRoman Catholic
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 9th congressional district of Massachusetts. He ran for re-election in 2012 to the 8th congressional district seat, due to redistricting.

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]


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]


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


  • 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

Political positions


According to Lynch's official House website, he supports removing most troops from Iraq by 2011.[4]

Some of the bills Lynch introduced include:



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.[5] 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:[6]

  • 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." [6]


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.[7]

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


On November 4, 2008, Lynch won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the general election.[8]

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


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Lynch's reports.[9]

Stephen Lynch (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]March 31, 2012$674,239.69$92,871.54$(89,643.79)$677,467.44
July Quarterly[11]June 30, 2012$677,467.44$106,465.52$(91,943.31)$691,989.65
Running totals


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.[12]

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, 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.[13]


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

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Moakley
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 9
Succeeded by