Niki (Niki) S. Tsongas (D-USH03)
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Room 1714 LHOB- Longworth House Office Building 15 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-2103

Residence: Lowell, MA
Elected: 2007    Next Election: 2018
DOB: 4/26/1946
Committee Assignments
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
Co-ChairMilitary Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Federal Lands
Co-ChairAir Force Caucus (House)
Co-ChairCongressional Savings and Ownership Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Military Personnel
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
MemberHouse Committee on Natural Resources
FC MemberCongressional HUBZone Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Robotics Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Armed Services
FC MemberMitochondrial Disease Caucus
FC MemberRevitalizing Older Cities Congressional Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Portuguese American Caucus
FC MemberDefense Communities Congressional Caucus
FC MemberNational Heritage Area Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Energy Savings Performance Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Dairy Farmers Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
FC MemberCongressional Research and Development Caucus
FC MemberCongressional National Parks Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of the National Park Service Centennial
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cyber Security Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance
FC MemberCongressional Victims' Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus


Niki Tsongas represents the Third Congressional District of Massachusetts. A resident of Lowell now serving her fifth term in the House of Representatives.

It marked the first time a woman from Massachusetts was elected to serve in Congress in twenty-five years. Tsongas has made accessibility a hallmark of her Congressional office. She has worked to make it as easy as possible for residents to connect with her about any issue of concern to them or to get assistance with problems they may have when dealing with federal agencies. In fact, it has been through the people she represents, at town hall meetings, Congress on Your Corner events, in letters and emails, and during office hours, that she has drawn inspiration for many of her legislative accomplishments.

Niki is known for her roots in the Third District and her years of public service to the region. Tsongas serves on the House Armed Services Committee, a position she sought out when first elected. In 2017, Tsongas was elected by her peers to serve as the highest ranking Democrat on the largest HASC subcommittee, the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee (TAL). The Third District has a long history of military service, which is reflected both in the number of residents who serve in the active duty military as well as in the numerous veterans who call the Third District home. Tsongas also represents one of the largest concentrations of defense related employers in the country that manufacture the products, develop the technology and create the jobs that keep our nation strong and our servicemembers safe. Tsongas is also the former Ranking Member on the Subcommittee for Oversight and Investigations. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Tsongas has pushed for development of lightweight body armor and new measures to better prevent and respond to incidents of sexual assault in the military.

Tsongas also serves on the Natural Resources Committee. In the 114th Congress, Tsongas was named to a leadership position as the top Democrat on the Federal Lands Subcommittee. Tsongas has also played an instrumental role in protecting the historic setting of Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord.

A founding member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, Tsongas has worked to foster and support the growing companies in the Third District that are poised to compete globally in developing and manufacturing clean energy technologies.

Tsongas grew up the eldest of four sisters in a military family. Her father, Colonel Russell Elmer Sauvage, served as a civil engineer in the United States Air Force and was a survivor of the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor.

By the time Niki was 14, her family had been stationed at air bases all across the US and Europe. Niki attended an American high school in Japan while her father was stationed at Fuchu Air Force Base and then spent one year at Michigan State before attending Smith College in Northampton, MA.

In 1967, with her father now stationed at the Pentagon, Niki spent the summer between her junior and senior years in Alexandria, Virginia. It was then that she met Paul Tsongas, who was working as an intern for Congressman Brad Morse. In 1969, Paul and Niki were married and took up permanent residence in Lowell.

Paul served the city of Lowell and eventually the entire Commonwealth as a Lowell City Councilor, Middlesex County Commissioner, US Representative and US Senator. However, in September of 1983 Paul was diagnosed with cancer.

Leaving Washington, Niki attended law school and upon graduating, became a partner in Lowell's first all-female law firm.

After a bone marrow transplant, Paul beat back the cancer. Five years later, in 1991, he announced his candidacy for President of the United States. Niki helped her husband run an inspired campaign that many observers say defined the national debate that year. Sadly, in 1996, Paul faced a second, well-known fight, this time with complications from cancer treatments, which he lost in 1997.

Prior to being elected to Congress, she was the Dean of External Affairs at Middlesex Community College. As a committed community leader in Lowell, serving on the Lowell Civic Stadium and Arena Commission which oversees the LeLacheur Ballpark and previously oversaw the Tsongas Arena (now the UMass Lowell Tsongas Center), the Lowell Plan, the Merrimack Repertory Theater and the Pollard Memorial Library Board of Trustees, Niki continued to work for the revitalization of the city she has called home for 40 years. And, she's been a member of numerous corporate and non-profit boards because of her strong belief that business must be constructively engaged in the fight for social and environmental justice. She was elected in a 2007 Special Election to represent the people of the Fifth District, which was renamed the Third District after her most recent reelection in 2012.

Niki is most proud of her three daughters, Ashley, Katina and Molly, who like their parents, have also met the call of public service. In recent years, the Tsongas family has welcomed two new members, Niki's grandson Declan and her granddaughter Nina.

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