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Stephen Lynch

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Stephen Lynch
U.S. Representative – MA-09
Image:Rep. Stephen Lynch.jpg
Party Democratic
Assumed office

October 16, 2001

Preceded by Joe Moakley
Born March 31, 1955
Spouse Margaret Lynch
Religion Roman Catholic

Congressman Stephen F. Lynch, Democrat, represents the 9th Congressional District of Massachusetts.


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Representative Lynch was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 31, 1955 and raised in the public housing projects of South Boston. [1]

Upon graduation from South Boston High School in 1973, Rep. Lynch entered the Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program and later joined his father as a member of Boston’s Ironworkers Local 7. He worked as a structural ironworker for 18 years and was eventually elected to serve as president of The Iron Workers Union, the youngest president in the history of the 2000 member union. [2]

Rep. Lynch continued his education at Wentworth Institute of Technology on nights and weekends, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. He later received a law degree from Boston College Law School and was admitted to both the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Bar Associations. [3]

In 1994, Rep. Lynch was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. After just fourteen months in office, he was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in a special election. In the Senate, he served as the Chair of the Joint Committee on Commerce and Labor. [4]

In 1999, he earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. [5]

Rep. Lynch was first sworn in to the United States Congress in October 2001, following the sudden passing of legendary Congressman John Moakley. [6]


Lynch's voting record clearly shows his support of the war. He declined to co-sponsor the Murtha Bill (HJR 73) or the McGovern Bill (HR 4232). From the Massachusetts delegation, only Lynch and Richard Neal refused to co-sponsor this bill. In March 4, 2005, Lynch participated in a Forum sponsored by WGBH at UMass-Boston; here is a partial transcript:

"I did want to distinguish my positions with those of my colleagues (Reps. Meehan and Frank), with great respect, on two points. One, I did support the decision to give the President the power to use military force in Iraq, back in November of, well, several years ago, at the beginning of this war. I did so not because it was a move to democracy or a hunt for weapons of mass destruction, but those were certainly on the table; my own reasoning after meeting with, countless times with the President's staff and also representative of the previous Administration, the Clinton Administration, my reasons were for, frankly, to remove Saddam Hussein from power."

Source (from video timecode from 18:39):

Lynch is one of three Massachusetts Democratic Representatives to renounce their votes in favor of going to War in Iraq and become critics of the war. The other two are Ed Markey and Marty Meehan. The other 7 members of the state's Democratic delegation in the U.S. House opposed the Republican war from the beginning. The reversal gives Massachusetts a united voice in favor of peace. Source: Andrew Miga. "Mass. Democrats Emerge As Iraq War Critics." Associated Press. November 26, 2005.

However, if he remains truly critical of the War in Iraq, he did not show it when he was the only member of the Massachusetts delegation to vote for the "Stay the Course" resolution (HR 861) on June 16, 2006. Source:




Washington DC Office
319 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-8273
Fax: (202) 225-3984

Boston Office
88 Black Falcon Avenue
Suite 340
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 428-2000
Fax: (617) 428-2011

Brockton Office
Brockton Federal Building
166 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: (508) 586-5555
Fax: (508) 580-4692


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This page was last modified 18:48, 28 February 2008 by dKosopedia user DrDebug. Based on work by Winston Chou and dKosopedia user(s) Allamakee Democrat, BartFraden and Pandora. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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