Born in Salem, Massachusetts, Congressman Tierney attended Salem Public Schools and graduated from Salem State College. He earned a law degree from Suffolk University and until he took office in January 1997 was partner in the law firm of Tierney, Kalis and Lucas for over 20 years. He and his wife, Patrice, continue to make Salem their home.
Having been recently re-elected to his eighth term representing Massachusetts’s Sixth District, U.S. Representative John F. Tierney has developed a national reputation as an effective legislator fighting for middle-class workers and families. The Congressman continues to be the only member from Massachusetts to serve on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, serving on the Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning and Competitiveness and the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions in the 111th Congress.
His "hard work and commitment" to ensuring the legislative branch conducts vigorous oversight have earned Congressman Tierney the Chairmanship of the National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2007 through 2010 and a Speaker-appointed seat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Chairman Tierney undertook a variety of investigations to ensure that our national security policy prioritizes a robust military and intelligence capability focused on 21st century threats, meaningful diplomatic initiatives, serious attention to nuclear non-proliferation efforts and a defense budget that efficiently uses tax-payer dollars.
Long term political consequences of the Hughes campaign
Opposing Ted Kennedy in the 1962 Massachusetts Democratic Primary was Edward McCormack, nephew of House Speaker John McCormack; Kennedy's Republican opponent was Yankee scion George Cabot Lodge; and on the left was Independent peace candidate Harvard Prof. H. Stuart Hughes, chair of the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy.
- Hughes needed 72,000 signatures, a purposely prohibitive number in that era of McCarthyism and nobody in fact had tried to reach it since the law had first been passed.
- In this talented field, Hughes polled 50,013 votes, 2.3% of the votes cast. However, we collected a startling 149,000 signatures in ten weeks for a "peace candidate." The Cuban Missile Crisis arrived in October just before the election. With the integrity that was his hallmark, Hughes went against the popular hysteria: he accused President Kennedy of acting over hastily in imposing the blockade of Cuba, of bypassing the United Nations, and unnecessarily stirring up an atmosphere of national emergency. His position cost Hughes thousands of votes.
- In the process we built a town-by-town organization all over the state, a structure that remains in place today. A clear result has been the election over recent decades of so many progressive voices to the state's first-rate Congressional delegation, including Michael Harrington, Father Robert Drinan, Gerry Studds, Jim McGovern, Barney Frank, Ed Markey, John Tierney, Michael Capuano and John Kerry.
DSA support in 1996
In 1996 Democratic Socialists of America sent six staff members into the field for the final weeks of the campaign. These staff and DSA volunteers "contributed to the re-election of Senator Paul Wellstone, Congressperson Maurice Hinchey (D-upstate NY) and aided in the narrow victory of pro-labor John Tierney (D-MA) over "moderate" Republican Pete Torkildsen in Massachusetts.
- In Massachusetts' 6th district DSA was an integral part of a campaign that made the critical difference in unseating Republican incumbent Peter Torkildsen and electing John Tierney, a progressive Democrat. We did it through a non-partisan getout- the-vote campaign that targeted people acutely affected by economic insecurity.
- One week before the election 1 joined the staff of Lynn Voter Power, an effort coordinated by Neighbor to Neighbor, Project '96 of the AFL-CIO, Boston Voter Power and other community organizations. Instead of the usual "win-this-election-now" campaign which is run with no real concern for the community, this project was started a year ago with the mission of building a long-term grassroots coalition to increase voter participation-and clout-in the most disaffected neighborhoods of Lynn. The campaign integrated the traditional elements of an intensive GOTV: voter registration, literature drops, door-knocking, phonebanking, and providing rides to the polls, with a concerted effort to bring together community leaders, organizations, and unions.
- When I arrives they put me to work coordinating nearly 100 volunteers who had signed up to work on election day. Because funding for stipends was provided by one of the unions, a very diverse range of people were able to volunteer, people who otherwise might not have participated...
- Tierney's margin of victory was smaller than the number of "infrequent voters" we brought to the polls, and who voted for him. Overall turnout in our precincts was significantly higher than the national average, and most of these people would probably not have voted without our work.
- In the last issue of Democratic Left, we reported that Carlos Romero-Barcelo (Puerto Rico at-large), a member of the Progressive Caucus, was endorsed by DSA PAC. We realize that this endorsement was a mistake and have withdrawn it".
- In addition, DSA PAC voted to endorse candidate John Tierney, who is running in the 6 th district of MA against Republican incumbent Peter Torkildsen; and to endorse candidate Shirley Baca, running in the 2nd district of NM against Republican incumbent Joe Skeen..
Congressional Progressive Caucus
As of February 20, 2009, Tierney was listed as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Supported by Council for a Livable World
The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported John Tierney in his successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Massachusetts.
2012 CLW House victories
2012 Council for a Livable World House Victories were;
Ron Barber (D-AZ), Ami Bera (D-CA), Tim Bishop (D-NY) Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Bruce Braley (D-IA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Lois Capps (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), John Garamendi (D-CA), Joe Garcia (D-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Denny Heck (D-WA), Steven Horsford (D-NV), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), Brad Schneider(D-IL), Carol Shea-Porter(D–NH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Mark Takano(D-CA) and John Tierney(D-MA)..
Health Care Access resolution
John Conyers promoted House Concurrent Resolution 99 (H. Con Res. 99) Directing Congress to enact legislation by October 2004 that provides access to comprehensive health care for all Americans. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES April 4, 2001.
Sponsors:John Conyers (for himself), Jan Schakowsky, John Tierney, Barbara Lee, Donna Christensen, David Bonior, Dennis Kucinich, Earl Hilliard, Maurice Hinchey, Jerry Nadler, Donald Payne Chaka Fattah, Peter DeFazio, John Lewis Tammy Baldwin, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Barney Frank, Henry Waxman, Cynthia McKinney, Jim Langevin, George Miller Alcee Hastings, Patsy Mink, John Olver , Bennie Thompson, Pete Stark, Julia Carson, and Mike Capuano submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce;
- Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), that the Congress shall enact legislation by October 2004 to guarantee that every person in the United States, regardless of income, age, or employment or health status, has access to health care..
Boston Health care meeting with socialists
According to Boston Democratic Socialists of America member Rand Wilson, On Sept. 1 2005 Congressmen John Tierney and Maurice Hinchey heard testimony in Boston support of a “Medicare for All” solution to the health care crisis.
- The growing severity of this crisis brought together over 40 grassroots organizations for an impressive—and unusual—showing of political unity for health care reform based on extending Medicare to everyone.
The hearing, initiated by Massachusetts Jobs with Justice and cosponsored by numerous health care, labor and community groups including Boston Democratic Socialists of America, was attended by over a hundred people.
“A plan like Medicare for All brings ‘Everybody In’ and leaves ‘Nobody Out’,” said Catherine DeLorey, a member of Massachusetts Public Health Association’s board of directors. “It creates powerful incentives to strengthen public health programs that will eventually make everyone healthier and save society billions of dollars.”
IUE-CWA Local 201 member Carol Cormier said, “It’s clear to me and my union that all employers are trying to resolve the health care crisis on the backs of their employees.
“The system they’ve set up for the new Medicare Rx plan brings in unnecessary middlemen,” said Ann Stewart, a member of Mass Senior Action Council and participant in the Prescription Advantage program.
“Over fifteen years of privatization, deregulation, job reengineering, managed care, hospital closures and cuts in essential services has resulted in an industrial model of health care that I call mangled care, ” said long-time reform advocate Sandy Eaton, a member of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, who works as an RN at Quincy Medical Center.
“When we started organizing the hearing, only one member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation had signed on. Now we have four out of the ten,” said Paul Cannon, President of Teamsters Local 122 and co-chair of Jobs with Justice’s Health Care Action Committee.
“Skyrocketing costs, deteriorating quality of care, loss of insurance coverage and access to essential services is affecting everyone’s health care, ” said Rep. John Tierney. “Common sense solutions like extending Medicare to cover everyone can save money while improving quality and access to health care for all.”
Reception Honoring Martha Coakley
On Jan. 12, 2010 a reception honoring Martha Coakley was held at the Sonoma Restaurant, 223 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C. Among those present were Senator John Kerry and Representatives, Ed Markey, Richard Neal, William Delahunt, John Tierney, Stephen Lynch, Barney Frank, John Olver, Jim McGovern, Michael Capuano and Niki Tsongas.
Hosts of the reception donated $10,000 and included Nick Allard, Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., the Boston Scientific Political Action Committee, Chuck Brain, Susan Brophy, Mary Beth Cahill, Steve Champlin, Licy Do Canto, Gerald S. J. Cassidy, David Castagnetti, Steve Elmendorf, Candy Ergen, Cahrlie Ergen, Shannon Finley, Larry Harris, Tom Hogan, Carol Kenner, Stephanie Markiewicz, Andy Miller, Heather Podesta, Tony Podesta, Robert Raben, Linda Singer and Bill Titelman.
Co-hosts of the reception donated $5,000 and included Marty Bienenstock, Sheryl Cohen, Chad Dale, Joe Eyer, Jamie Gorelick, Robin Leeds, Fred Liowther, Bernie Nash, Frank Purcell of the CRNA (Nurse Anesthetists) Political Action Committee and Melissa Schulman.
Calling on Israeli Govt. to lift Gaza Travel Ban
On Dec. 22, 2009, thirty-three U.S. Representatives wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, calling on her to request that the Israeli Government end the ban on student travel from Gaza to the West Bank. John Tierney was one of the signatories of the letter. The entire letter together with a complete list of signatories can be read by clicking here.
Supported Lifting the Gaza Blockade
On Jan. 27, 2010, U.S. Representatives Keith Ellison and Jim McDermott led 52 other members of Congress in signing a letter addressed to President Barack Obama, calling for him to use diplomatic pressure to resolve the blockade affecting Gaza. John Tierney was one of the signatories of the letter.  The entire letter together with a complete list of signatories can be read by clicking here.
The following as past and present staff:
- Stefanie Zee Ackerman
- James Adduci
- Daniel J. Ankeles
- Erica J. Antonson
- Gary Michael Barrett
- Carolyn E. Blaydes
- Richard R. Blott (Rich)
- Richard Jr. Bradbury
- Matthew M. Burke
- Jason Campbel
- Linda M. Carroll
- Timothy J. Casey (Tim)
- David J. Coleman (Dave)
- Tracy F. Coogan
- Toni L. Cooper
- Natascha A. Cumberlidge
- Kristin L. Devine
- Michaela N. Duffy
- Kathryn Prael Dunkelman
- Katrina Economou (Katie)
- Allison Koles Ehrlich
- Rachel A. Evans
- Michael A. Ferrari (Mike)
- McKee T. Floyd
- Patrick P. Ford
- Diane T. Franz
- Sara B. Greenspan
- Cheryl A. Gresek
- Earl Hadley
- Jonathan M. Heafitz
- Melissa Sidman Heitt
- Natalie A. Hildt
- Harry R. Hoglander
- Alicia Hughes
- Vicki Lynn Irving
- Mathew S. Jacob
- Kathleen A. Johansen
- Clifford H. Kai
- Michael J. Kapsa
- Elliot F. Kaye
- Laura A. Keiter
- Shira Kieval
- Susan G. King
- Lawrence Kline (Larry)
- Leslie Ann Knapp
- Ryan Koronowski
- Christine A. Lamb
- Perry A. Lange
- Claire C. Leavitt
- Jessica Marlo Leong
- Colin J. Mahoney
- Betsy Arnold Marr
- George P. McCabe
- Kevin R. McDermott
- Patrick S. McKiernan
- Brooke P. McNally
- Edward J.M. Mills (Ed)
- Charles Moskowitz (Charlie)
- James M. Murdoch
- Stephanie A. Myrie
- Daniel J. Napolitano (D.J.)
- Michael A. Nardell
- Linsoujude O. Naval (Linson)
- Claudia Ann Neidhardt
- Lori A. Pattison
- Matthew Patton
- Charles Payson (Chip)
- Christine F. Pelosi
- Allison M. Preiss
- Catherine M. Ribeiro
- Meghan E. Riley
- Rebecca F. Risk
- Shannon M. Ross
- Helen Rush-Lloyd
- Rose Mary Sargent
- Kara E. Segal
- David G. Sewell
- Heather Ilene Silber
- Elise M. Sinagra
- Carolyn K. Stewart
- Darin M. Swimm
- Mary B. Taylor
- Shannah L. Varon
- Matthew J. Weiner (Matt)
- Barbara Weinstein
- Abby Lynne Wolfson
- Bambi P. Yingst
- Malissa Zimmerman
- ↑ Congressional bio, accessed August 11, 2011
- ↑ Congressional bio, accessed August 11, 2011
- ↑ Jerome Grossman Ted Kennedy: His First Election Monday, February 16, 2009, The Relentless Liberal blog
- ↑ [Dem. Left, Nov./Dec. 1996]
- ↑ Our Communities bio, accessed March 30, 2013
- ↑ Democratic Left, September/October 1996, page 6]
- ↑ DSA website: Members of the Progressive Caucus (archived on the Web Archive website)
- ↑ Congressional Progressive Caucus website: Caucus Member List
- ↑ CLW website: Meet Our Candidates
- ↑ Meet the Candidates, accessed April 10, 2013
- ↑ Dem. Left, Summer 2002
- ↑ TYR Nov. 2005
- ↑ Invitation to Reception Honoring Martha Coakley, Jan. 12, 2010
- ↑ John Dingell's House website: Letter to Hillary Clinton, Dec. 22, 2009
- ↑ The Minnesota Independent: Ellison, McCollum and Oberstar urge Obama to lift Gaza blockade, Jan. 26, 2010 (accessed on March 14, 2011)
- ↑ http://www.legistorm.com/member/509/Rep_John_Tierney_MA.html. Accessed 12/12/2011