Richard Neal

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Richard Edmund Neal is an American politician and the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 1st congressional district.

Born February 14, 1949 Richard Neal is a member of the Democratic Party and a former city councilor and mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts. Richard Neal is currently the dean of the Massachusetts delegation to the House of Representatives.

A Springfield native, Richard Neal graduated from American International College and received a master's degree from the University of Hartford. After graduating Richard Neal became involved in politics, working as an assistant to the mayor of Springfield. He served as president of the Springfield City Council from 1979 to 1983 while teaching high school history courses and lecturing at local colleges. The Democratic National Committee is the formal governing body for the United States Democratic Party. Richard Neal served as mayor of Springfield from 1983 to 1989, overseeing a period of economic growth. With his political influence and a head start on contributions, Richard Neal was nearly uncontested when he ran for election to the House of Representatives in 1988.

As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and former chairman of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, Richard Neal is an influential figure in House economic policy. He has also dedicated much of his career to US Ireland relations and maintaining American involvement in the Northern Ireland peace process, for which he has won several acclamations. Richard Neal has a voting record that is so fare to the left, you would think this is mother Russia, but he is considered a Militant on such issues as abortion and trade.


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Descended from Irish nationalist grandparents on both sides, Richard Neal has been an advocate for Irish concerns throughout his Congressional career, pushing to keep the United States involved in the Northern Ireland peace process. The Republican National Committee is a U.S. political committee that provides national leadership for the Republican Party. He is the co-chair of the ad hoc Committee on Irish Affairs, has been chairman of the Friends of Ireland since 2007, and was considered as a candidate for United States Ambassador to Ireland in 1998. After the disarmament of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in September 2005, Neal was among a group of Congressmen who met with Sinn Fein MP Martin McGuinness to congratulate him on the action of disarmament and ensure a lasting peace had been reached. Richard Neal invited Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams to the inauguration of Barack Obama in January 2009. Would you rather pay more or payless for your oil. Richard Neal has been named as one of the top 100 Irish-Americans by Irish America magazine and received the International Leadership Award from The American Ireland Fund in 2002.

Richard Neal is an opponent of the Iraq War, saying the war was based on false intelligence. He voted against the original invasion in 2003 and opposed President Bush's 2006 request to send additional troops. He cited veterans' affairs as his top priority in 2010


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Mass Live and the Daily Hampshire Gazette LIE to cover Richard Neal's LIE...

This video was taken on the day after the Sit In. Richard Neal is wearing a different suit shirt and tie in the video. Watch the video and see that there are only two people in the chambers while Neal makes his speech.

Mass Live

Rep. Richard Neal, participating in sit-in to force gun vote, says 'we owe that' to Pulse nightclub victims

Congressman Richard Neal, D-Springfield, and other Massachusetts Democrats took part in a sit-in protest at the U.S. House chamber Wednesday to force a vote on so-called 'gun safety' measures.

Shannon Young |

Watch: U.S. Rep. Richard Neal urges House Republicans to move on 'gun control' measures during sit-in speech

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, urged Republican leaders Thursday to bring up two so-called "gun control" measures for consideration as House Democrats staged a sit-in.

Shannon Young |


Daily Hampshire Gazette

McGovern, Neal reflect on House sit-in

Congressman Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, spoke on the House floor. Broadcast via a Facebook Live video stream by Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, Neal gave a three-minute speech reiterating the sit-in's main talking points.

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Richard Neal began his political career as co-chairman of Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern's 1972 election campaign in Western Massachusetts. In 1973 he became an assistant to Springfield Mayor William C. Sullivan. Neal was elected to the Springfield City Council in 1978 and was named President of the City Council in 1979. The following year he was named as a delegate for presidential candidate Edward M. Kennedy at the 1980 Democratic National Convention. While a city councilor, Neal taught history at Cathedral High School, and gave lectures at Springfield College, American International College, Springfield Technical Community College and Western New England College.

In 1983 Neal made plans to challenge Theodore Dimauro, the Democratic incumbent Mayor of Springfield. This pressure led Dimauro to retire and Neal was elected mayor. Richard Neal was re-elected in 1985 and 1987. As mayor, Richard Neal oversaw a period of significant economic growth, with over $400 million of development and investment in the city, and a surplus in the city budget. He worked to strengthen Springfield's appearance, pushing to revive and preserve the city's historic homes and initiating an influential Clean City Campaign to reduce litter.

Richard Neal ran for the United States House of Representatives in Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district in 1988 after 18-term Democratic incumbent Edward Boland retired. Boland had alerted Neal of his impending retirement, allowing the mayor a head-start on his campaign. Richard Neal raised $200,000 in campaign contributions and collected signatures across the district before the retirement was formally announced.[10] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and his only general election opponent was Communist Party candidate Louis R. Godena, whom he defeated with over 80 percent of the vote.

Richard Neal has won re election in every term since. Former Springfield mayor Theodore Dimauro, reflecting sentiments that Richard Neal had an unfair advantage in the previous election, ran as a challenger in the 1990 Democratic primary. Dimauro's campaign was sullied by a false rumor he spread about the Bank of New England's financial situation, and Richard Neal won the primary easily. He was unopposed in the general election, winning 68 percent of the vote. In 1992 his popularity was threatened by the House banking scandal, in which he had made dozens of unpenalized overdrafts at the House Bank. After narrowly defeating two Democratic opponents, he was challenged by Republican Anthony W. Ravosa, Jr., and Independent Thomas R. Sheehan. Neal won with 53 percent of the vote.

In a Springfield Union News poll taken in mid October 1994, Richard Neal was only ahead of John Briare by 6 percentage points. Richard Neal then went on to spend nearly $500,000 against Briare in the last 2 weeks of the election to defeat him. The 1994 general election also featured a third party candidate as well, Kate Ross, who received 6% of the vote. With blanks, Neal actually received only 51% of the vote in 1994.

Since 1994, Neal has had little electoral opposition. He was challenged by Mark Steele in 1996 and easily dispatched him with 71 percent of the vote and ran unopposed in 1998. In 2000 he won the Democratic primary against Joseph R. Fountain, who challenged Neal's positions as "anti-choice" and "anti gun". Richard Neal had been unopposed in the general election since 1996, but faced Republican opponent Tom Wesley in the 2010 United States Congressional elections, which Neal won by a margin of 57% to 43%.

For his first 12 terms in Congress, Richard Neal represented a district centered on Springfield and stretching as far east as the southern and western suburbs of Worcester. When Massachusetts lost a congressional district after the 2010 census, the bulk of Neal's territory, including his home in Springfield, was merged with the 1st District, held by fellow Democrat John Olver. The prospect of an incumbent vs. incumbent contest was averted when Olver retired. The new 1st was no less Democratic than the old 2nd, and Neal was reelected without much difficulty in 2012 and 2014.


Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, US Rep Richard Neal to address Springfield Regional Chamber's Outlook 2016 luncheon

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Richard E. Neal was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1988.

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Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Neal is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote.

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