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U.S. Representative Richard Neal to Speak at University's Constitution and Citizenship Day

Published: September 11, 2019 | Categories: All News
Congressman Richard Neal

Congressman Richard Neal will speak at Western New England University's Constitution and Citizenship Day on Monday, September 16 at 3:30 p.m. in the Law Common on the campus.

Congressman Neal was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1988. Since January 2019, he has served as chair of the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

Throughout his career, Neal has focused his work on issues affecting everyday Americans, including access to affordable and dependable healthcare, a fair tax code, and the dependability of Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Since becoming chair of the Ways and Means Committee, he has held hearings on a variety of topics, including climate change, the tax gap, maternal mortality rates, family and medical leave act, drug pricing, protection for those with pre-existing conditions, NAFTA, and pathways to universal healthcare coverage.

Prior to his service in Congress, Neal was a high school teacher member of the Springfield City Council, and Mayor of Springfield. He is a longtime lecturer at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a national trustee of the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. He has also received many awards and holds honorary degrees.

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day was established in 2004 by Congress, marking September 17 as a day to commemorate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. The day also recognizes all those who have attained U.S. citizenship through the naturalization process.

This event is hosted by the School of Law's Institute for Governmental and Legislative Affairs. For more information, contact Professor Art Wolf at