Richard (Richie) Neal (D-USH01)
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Capitol: 202.225.5601
FAX: 202.225.8112
District: 413.442.0946
Representative
Room 372 CHOB- Cannon House Office Building 25 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-2101

Residence: Springfield, MA
Elected: 1988    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Maureen Conway   DOB: 2/14/1949
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Committee on Ways and Means
ChairmanJoint Committee on Taxation
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Bulgaria
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
FC MemberHouse Mentoring Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Former Mayors Caucus
Vice ChairHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberAd Hoc Congressional Committee on Irish Affairs
Co-ChairCongressional Financial Security and Life Insurance Caucus
FC MemberDutch Caucus
FC MemberFragile X Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Green Jobs
FC MemberCongressional Fitness Caucus
FC MemberOut of Afghanistan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cranberry Caucus
FC MemberAnti-Terrorism and Proliferation Financing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biotechnology Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
FC MemberCongressional Hearing Health Caucus
FC MemberHouse Livable Communities Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Responsible Hospitality Caucus
FC MemberPaper and Packaging Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Baseball Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Portuguese American Caucus
FC MemberTextile Caucus
FC MemberFriends of New Zealand Caucus
FC MemberCongressional National Parks Caucus
FC MemberHurricane Irene Coalition
FC MemberHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Research and Development Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of the Irish National Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Health Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP)
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
FC MemberJob Corps Caucus
FC MemberMunicipal Finance Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberInvisible Wounds Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberIndia Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus

Bio

Richard E. Neal was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and was raised and educated in the City of Springfield. He is a graduate of American International College, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. He received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Barney School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Hartford.

Congressman Neal was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1988 and served his first two terms on the House Banking Committee before joining the Ways and Means Committee in 1993. In January 2019, Congressman Neal was elected by his colleagues to assume the esteemed position of Chairman, marking the first time since 1875 that a representative from Massachusetts had done so.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Neal and the Ways and Means Committee worked tirelessly to bring relief to the American people.

The first relief bill, the CARES Act, included several provisions Ways and Means Committee Democrats secured including- federal unemployment compensation, economic assistance payments, and telehealth flexibility. This bill singlehandedly saved the American economy.

In the American Rescue Plan Act, the Ways and Means Committee was responsible for nearly $1 billion of the $1.9 trillion package. Under Chairman Neal's leadership, the bill put more money directly into people's pockets, helping them better afford child care and health coverage. It also shored up the hard-earned retirement security for millions of Americans nationwide.

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 and is the Democratic Leader of the Friends of Ireland Caucus.

He is a long-time guest lecturer at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a National Trustee of 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.

Prior to his time in Congress, Neal was a high school teacher, member of the Springfield City Council, and Mayor of the City of Springfield from 1984 to 1988.