John F. Tierney

House Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions

John F. Tierney

John F. Tierney

House Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions

Biography

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 families, seniors, and small businesses. 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.


Fighting for a vibrant middle class and working to create broad opportunity, Congressman Tierney has been an active leader on education and labor issues. He has spearheaded efforts to improve education at all levels including authoring key aspects of the Higher Education Act in an effort to make college more affordable for all students. This Act was reauthorized for the first time in ten years during the 110th Congress.

Congressman Tierney is also committed to creating more jobs and ensuring workers receive needed skills and training. This is reflected in his sponsorship and authorship of several key initiatives that strengthen laws protecting American workers. Such initiatives include the Green Jobs Act, which creates a comprehensive program to train and equip our workers to compete for jobs in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, and the Emergency Retiree Health Benefits Protection Act, which would prohibit profitable companies that promised employees retirement coverage from curtailing or eliminating benefits under their retiree health plans after an employee retires.

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.

In his Subcommittee’s very first hearing, glaring deficiencies at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and in the treatment of our seriously injured soldiers returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan living there were exposed.

Additionally, Congressman Tierney believes that we can, and we should, have a government that is truly responsible to the American people -- not to special interest groups and lobbyists. To that end, he continues to be the leading advocate for the creation of a public financing system for congressional elections. His Clean Money, Clean Elections Act would create a comprehensive, voluntary system whereby candidates could successfully fund their campaigns without recourse to private contributions and all the adverse perceptions they entail.

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.

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Washington, DC, United States

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Birthday

09/18/1951 - Salem, MA, United States

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68

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House Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions
Education
J.D.
Class of 1976

One great way to learn about a law school is to ask students and alumni for a story about a memorable experience. Here at Suffolk Law, the community is full of stories about life-changing moments in the law: working on a mobile app that helps pro se litigants; writing the rules of civil procedure in collaboration with an Indian tribe; clerking for a judge downtown during the 1L summer; representing a small entrepreneur in a trademark infringement case against Monster Energy Drink, are just a few of thousands of examples. Talk to our community members about our Top 20 ranked clinical, legal writing, dispute resolution and law technology programs; ask them about their relationships with faculty. And let their answers speak for themselves.

B.A. in Political Science
Class of 1973

Looking for quality education from a leading state university in Massachusetts In the historic and beautiful town of Salem, students find a vibrant college campus in Salem State College. Bachelor's degrees can be earned in almost every traditional concentration under the following three schools: * College of Arts and Sciences * College of Health and Human Services * Bertolon School of Business Though students have a wide selection of undergraduate programs to choose from, graduate degrees are offered in slightly fewer numbers. Master's degrees and graduate certificates are offered in fields such as Education, Psychology, Mathematics, Biology, Criminal Justice, Business, and many more. Student life at Salem State College is explosive. Students not only have a vast array of student organizations, athletic teams, study abroad options, recreational activities, and outdoor excursions to choose from on campus, but can also participate in popular community events. Student support services are an essential tool for academic and intellectual pursuits of enrolled students. Services include career advising, academic counseling, health services, a multicultural affairs office, academic workshops, and much more. Salem State College is proud to provide stellar academic opportunities and support services, as well as a vibrant campus and community that lends to a unique and fun college experience.

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Career History
Partner
Prior - 1997
Tenure Unconfirmed

The House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions is a standing subcommittee within the United States House Committee on Education and the Workforce. It was formerly known as the Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations. The Subcommittee's jurisdiction includes: All matters dealing with relationships between employers and workers generally including, but not limited to, the National Labor Relations Act, Labor Management Relations Act, Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment-related retirement security, including pension, health and other employee benefits, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA); all matters related to equal employment opportunity and civil rights in employment, including affirmative action.

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Trustee
1992 - 1997

Looking for quality education from a leading state university in Massachusetts In the historic and beautiful town of Salem, students find a vibrant college campus in Salem State College. Bachelor's degrees can be earned in almost every traditional concentration under the following three schools: * College of Arts and Sciences * College of Health and Human Services * Bertolon School of Business Though students have a wide selection of undergraduate programs to choose from, graduate degrees are offered in slightly fewer numbers. Master's degrees and graduate certificates are offered in fields such as Education, Psychology, Mathematics, Biology, Criminal Justice, Business, and many more. Student life at Salem State College is explosive. Students not only have a vast array of student organizations, athletic teams, study abroad options, recreational activities, and outdoor excursions to choose from on campus, but can also participate in popular community events. Student support services are an essential tool for academic and intellectual pursuits of enrolled students. Services include career advising, academic counseling, health services, a multicultural affairs office, academic workshops, and much more. Salem State College is proud to provide stellar academic opportunities and support services, as well as a vibrant campus and community that lends to a unique and fun college experience.

Political Donations Received
$250
2014
$250
2014
$1,000
2014
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