Richard (Richie) Neal (D-01)

US Representative Richard Neal

Richard (Richie) Neal (D-01)
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Capitol: 202.225.5601
FAX: 202.225.8112
District: 413.442.0946
Room 2309 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-2101
78 Center Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Residence:Springfield, MA

Committee Assignments

ChairmanHouse Committee on Ways and Means
ChairmanNew England Congressional Caucus
Co-ChairFriends of Ireland Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Real Estate Caucus
Co-ChairHouse Retirement Security Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Bulgaria
Vice ChairHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberHouse Mentoring Caucus
FC MemberFragile X Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Former Mayors Caucus
FC MemberAd Hoc Congressional Committee on Irish Affairs
Co-ChairCongressional Financial Security and Life Insurance Caucus
FC MemberDutch Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Green Jobs
FC MemberCongressional Fitness Caucus
FC MemberPaper and Packaging Caucus
FC MemberOut of Afghanistan Caucus
FC MemberHurricane Irene Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Hearing Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biotechnology Caucus
FC MemberHouse Livable Communities Task Force
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Portuguese American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Responsible Hospitality Caucus
FC MemberTextile Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberFriends of New Zealand Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Health Care Caucus
FC MemberHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional National Parks Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Research and Development Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP)
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of the Irish National Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus
FC MemberMunicipal Finance Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Brain Injury Task Force
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus


Richie Neal was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1988. Since January 2019, he serves as Chairman of the powerful Committee on Ways and Means. Congressman Neal has spent his career fighting for things that matter to everyday Americans including access to affordable and dependable health care, a fair tax code, and the dependability of Social Security and Medicare benefits. Under his leadership, in his first term as Chairman, the Ways and Means Committee worked tirelessly to advance measures that support Americans' financial security, health, and wellbeing. - Chairman Neal travelled to Mexico and Canada to negotiate a hemispherical trade agreement - USMCA - a deal that respects the dignity of workers, contains meaningful enforcement provisions, and prioritizes environmental protection and remediation. - As part of the end-of-year spending package, the House and Senate passed the SECURE Act, bipartisan Ways and Means legislation that expands opportunities for Americans to increase their retirement savings. - The Ways and Means Committee and the full House of Representatives passed the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, legislation commonly referred to as the Butch Lewis Act. More than a million Americans participate in multiemployer pension plans that are quickly running out of money. This bipartisan legislation addresses the worsening crisis that threatens the retirement savings of workers and retirees who - year after year - gave up wage increases in order to fund their pension plans. - The Ways and Means Committee and the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which allows the HHS Secretary to negotiate lower prescription prices and caps Medicare beneficiaries' out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs at $2,000. The legislation also fills a significant gap in Medicare, adding hearing, dental, and vision coverage to the programs. Chairman Neal is the dean of both the Massachusetts Delegation and the New England Congressional Delegation. He is an At-Large Whip for the House Democrats, co-chairman of the New England Congressional Caucus, where he advocates for the unique regional interests of the six New England States and the Democratic Leader of the Friends of Ireland Caucus. Prior to his time in Congress, Neal was a high school teacher, member of the Springfield City Council, and Mayor of Springfield. During his tenure, he was highlighted in Newsweek Magazine for his many accomplishments throughout the city. He is a longtime lecturer at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and serves as a National Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. Congressman Neal has received many awards and honorary degrees in his career including an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters from Mount Holyoke College where he is a former trustee, and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Ulster University in Northern Ireland.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 1988    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Maureen Conway   DOB: 2/14/1949
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