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John F. Tierney

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1997
Preceded by Peter Torkildsen

Born September 18, 1951 (1951-09-18) (age 58)
Salem, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Patrice Tierney
Residence Salem, Massachusetts
Alma mater Salem State College, Suffolk University
Occupation attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

John F. Tierney (born September 18, 1951), an American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing the 6th District of Massachusetts.


Early life and career

John F. Tierney was born September 18, 1951, in Salem, Massachusetts. He was educated at Salem State College, from which he earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1973, and graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 1976.[1] He worked as a trial lawyer with Tierney, Kalis, & Lucas,[citation needed] and served as vice president of the Salem Chamber of Commerce.[1]

Congressional career

Tierney first ran for Congress in 1994. He ran on a platform promoting a stronger federal focus on drug abuse, federal aid to promote after-school programs, consideration of means testing for Social Security, and single-payer health care.[1][2] He won the Democratic primary but lost in the general election.

Tierney successfully ran for Congress in 1996. Tierney proclaims himself a strong voice for the middle class. He is a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor and has introduced legislation that would make college more affordable. He is also pushing for a bill that would prohibit companies from curtailing retirement benefits that were promised to tenured employees. Tierney is considered to be a strong supporter of labor. He is also interested in protecting the environment. Most recently, Tierney has received attention for introducing H.R. 3099 on June 25, 2005, a Congressional bill that would introduce Clean Elections to national elections. The bill, though supported by 40 members of his own caucus, was tabled in committee.

Tierney has also recently co-authored the College Affordability and Accountability Act, which attempts to lower college tuition rates. He also created the Emergency Retiree Benefits Protection Act, which prohibits companies from going back on retirement promises.

Committee assignments

Electoral history

Congressman John Tierney speaks at a Save Darfur relay in Massachusetts.
  • 2008 Race for U.S. Congress
    • Richard A. Baker (R)
    • John Tierney (D)

Ideological ratings

Source: Project Vote Smart


  1. ^ a b c "House of Representatives." The Boston Globe: p. S4. October 31, 1994.
  2. ^ "Primary choices for Congress." The Boston Globe: p. A18. September 12, 1994.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Peter G. Torkildsen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th congressional district

January 3, 1997 – present


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