Meet the Freshmen: Representative-Elect Seth Moulton (D-MA-6)
Second in a series of three blog posts introducing the newly-elected members of the New England Congressional delegation.
Seth Moulton, a Democrat living in Salem, Massachusetts, beat Republican Richard Tisei with 54.6 percent of the vote to take Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional district seat formerly occupied by Democrat John Tierney. Congressman-elect Moulton beat Representative Tierney in a close primary. Moulton is a 36-year-old businessman. He earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from Harvard University in 2001 and then a dual master’s degree in business and public administration from Harvard in 2011. He enlisted in the Marines in 2001 and served four tours of duty in Iraq, for which he earned multiple honors. Following his service and graduate work, he worked for one year as managing director of the Texas Central Railway, a transportation firm which is in the process of building a high-speed rail connection between Houston and Dallas. He has expressed opposition to aspects of the war in Iraq and to sending more troops to the region. He has described himself as a progressive Democrat. His campaign website says he will work to “raise the minimum wage, achieve pay equity for women, strengthen gun control, protect Social Security and Medicare, and invest in job training.” He outlined a Plan for the 6th District. He also highlighted education and veterans during his campaign. His campaign raised about $3.2 million. In his election night acceptance speech, Congressman-elect Moulton questioned why small businesses pay higher tax rates than large businesses. “I will work to lower both student loan interest rates and tuition costs,” he claims, and supports universal pre-K education. He supports eliminating the payroll tax cap. He suggests that he supports “a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions” and LGBT rights, noting that his brother is gay. He calls for reducing green house gas emissions and creating incentives to make businesses partners on environmental issues. He calls for increased and improved (electric-powered) transportation to the 6th district and for criminal justice reform to focus on rehabilitation rather than incarceration.
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