U.S. House of Representative (D-5th/MA)
"I would like to express my appreciation to IAPAC's membership and board members for their support of my campaign for United States Congress. I strongly support IAPAC's mission to promote the Iranian American community and will work to promote the substantial accomplishments that Iranian Americans have contributed to our great society. Together, we will work to guard against all forms of discrimination against Iranian Americans and for the protection of civil liberties for all Americans."
Tsongas, wife of the late U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas, was elected to Congress in October of 2007 special election for Massachusetts' vacant 5th Congressional District. An accomplished attorney, Tsongas has a law degree from Boston University and started Lowell's first all-female law practice. She has spent decades working as Director of External Affairs at Middlesex Community College -- the largest in the commonwealth. Tsongas has also been involved in an array of civic organizations, including the committee that manages the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.
On July 1, 2007, incumbent 5th District Representative Marty Meehan resigned his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to become the next chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. In accordance with state law, Massachusetts held a special election to fill the vacancy on October 16, 2007.
As the proud daughter of an Air Force Colonel, Tsongas grew up on bases all across the U.S., Germany and Japan, an experience that taught her about sacrifice, the importance of family, and the need to understand and listen to cultures and ideas that are not always her own.
Tsongas has broad support throughout her district. She has committed her life to serving others and will uphold the exceptional legacy of both her late husband and Representative Meehan.
Residence: Lowell, MA
Occupation: Dean of External Affairs at Middlesex Community College, Attorney
Prev. Political Exp.: no prior elected office
Education: BA Smith College, 1968; JD Boston University, 1983