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Stephen Lynch


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
October 16, 2001
Preceded by Joe Moakley

Born March 31, 1955 (1955-03-31) (age 54)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Margaret Lynch
Residence Boston, Massachusetts
Alma mater Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston College, Harvard University
Occupation attorney, union leader
Religion Roman Catholic

Stephen F. Lynch (born March 31, 1955) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Massachusetts's 9th congressional district since 2001. The district includes the southern fourth of the city of Boston; all of the city of Brockton; as well as portions or the entirety of twenty Massachusetts suburbs south of Boston. [1] Prior to serving in the United States House of Representatives, Lynch was employed as an ironworker, lawyer, and served in both chambers of the Massachusetts General Court.[2]

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Early life and career

Lynch, a lifelong resident of South Boston, was raised by his parents in Boston's public housing projects. After graduating from South Boston High School, Lynch became an ironworker; he worked for various companies including General Motors and U.S. Steel and later served as President of Ironworkers Local 7 in Boston. He has earned a Bachelor's degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology, a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School and a Masters degree from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Lynch also worked for many years as a labor and employment attorney. [2]

Political career

In 1994, Lynch was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.[2] He subsequently entered the Massachusetts Senate after winning a 1995 special election. He won the seat that had previously been held by the President of the Massachusetts Senate, Billy Bulger. He was challenged in the 1995 special primary by Bill Bulger, Jr. and by Patrick Loftus.[3]

Lynch announced he would run for the 9th District seat after longtime incumbent Joe Moakley announced he wouldn't run for a 17th term in 2002. Moakley died in May 2001, and Lynch announced his candidacy for the special election to succeed him. Challenged in the September Democratic primary by fellow State Senators Cheryl Jacques, Brian Joyce and Marc Pacheco, Lynch won with about 40% of the vote.[4] After defeating Republican nominee State Senator Jo Ann Sprague in a general election held the following month, Lynch took his seat in Congress.[5] He was unopposed in his bid for a full term in 2002 after easily defeating a nominal challenger in the Democratic primary. He has been reelected three times since then, running completely unopposed in 2004 and 2008 and handily defeating a nominal Republican challenger in 2006.

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2010 United States Senate Special Election

Upon the death of Senator Ted Kennedy, Massachusetts state law triggered a special election to be held in January 2010. On September 4, 2009, a representative for Lynch took out nomination papers at the Massachusetts secretary of state's office to run in the special election.[6] After speaking with his family and citing the short time frame in which to conduct a campaign, Lynch decided against seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat. [7]

Political record

Lynch is considered a conservative Democrat by Massachusetts standards, but moderate-to-liberal by national ones. He has a pro-life voting record and he received a 25% pro-choice score from NARAL in 2006.[8] He is also strongly pro-labor and has focused on bringing manufacturing jobs to his district.[9]

He is currently a member of the House Financial Services and Government Reform Committees.

Lynch has focused on trade policy as a politician.[10] He is a co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus.[11]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

  • Co-founder of the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
  • Co-chair of the Task Force on Terrorism and Proliferation Financing

References

  1. ^ "Official Webpage of Congressman Stephen F. Lynch: District Information". http://www.house.gov/lynch/district.shtml. 
  2. ^ a b c "Official Webpage of Congressman Stephen F. Lynch: Biography". http://www.house.gov/lynch/biography.shtml. 
  3. ^ Sciacca, Joe (17 March 1996). "Lynch flatens Bulger Jr. at polls". Boston Globe (Boston). http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/bostonherald/access/17285649.html?dids=17285649:17285649&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Mar+27%2C+1996&author=JOE+SCIACCA&pub=Boston+Herald&desc=Lynch+flattens+Bulger+Jr.+at+polls&pqatl=google. Retrieved September 14, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Conservative Democrat Wins Primary in Boston". New York Times. September 13, 2001. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F04EFD81338F930A2575AC0A9679C8B63. 
  5. ^ "Special Elections Yield No Surprises in Florida and Massachusetts". New York Times. October 18, 2001. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940CE3DE153EF93BA25753C1A9679C8B63. 
  6. ^ "Rep. Lynch takes step toward Senate run". Fox News. September 4, 2009. http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2009/09/rep_lynch_takes.html/. 
  7. ^ "Citing family, Rep. Lynch said he won't seek Senate seat". http://www.dotnews.com/2009/lynch-says-no-senate-run-capuano-seen-getting. 
  8. ^ NARAL profile of Lynch
  9. ^ "Representative Stephen F. Lynch - Interest Group Ratings". Project Vote Smart. 2008. http://www.votesmart.org/issue_rating_category.php?can_id=4844&type=category&category=68. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  10. ^ "Congressman Lynch addressing Neponset Valley Chamber May 19". Stoughton Journal. May 13, 2008. http://www.wickedlocal.com/stoughton/archive/x1902436305/Congressman-Lynch-addressing-Neponset-Valley-Chamber-May-19. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  11. ^ Official Website of Congressman Stephen F Lynch: Labor

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Moakley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th congressional district

October 16, 2001 – present
Incumbent

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