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The Massachusetts Congressional delegation
and positions on the death penalty

Senator Edward M. Kennedy
315 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20510
Tel: (202)224-4543; Fax: (202)224-2417
www.kennedy.senate.gov

2400 JFK Federal Bldg.
Boston MA 02203
Tel: (617)565-3170; Fax: (617)565-3183
  • undecided on S 122
  • voted against Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
  • voted for Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994

It has always been my view, that the death penalty violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. . . Government should not have the power to put a human being to death. No matter how brutal the crime a person has committed, the infliction of death at the hands of government brutalizes our society. I also oppose the death penalty because of the likelihood that innocent people will be executed. No system of justice, however wise or resourceful its judges and juries may be, can eliminate this possibility. . . Moreover, there is no convincing evidence that the death penalty deters crime. . . Some of the most convincing evidence is found in the experience of other western democracies. Not one of these countries has capital punishment for peacetime crises, and yet every one of them has a murder rate less than half that of the United States. Finally, our long experience with capital punishment demonstrates that it is applied in an arbitrary and discriminatory manner. For all these reasons, I oppose the death penalty.   - Letter to constituents, March, 2005

Sen. Kennedy is a member of the Committee on the Judiciary.
Senator John F. Kerry
304 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20510
Tel: (202)224-2742; Fax: (202)224-8525
www.kerry.senate.gov

One Bowdoin Square, Floor 10
Boston MA 02113
Tel: (617)565-8519; Fax: (617)248-3870

222 Milliken Pl., Suite 311
Fall River MA 02722
Tel: (508)677-0522; Fax (508)677-0275

One Financial Plaza, Floor 10
Springfield MA 01103
Tel: (413)785-4610; Fax: (413)736-1049

90 Madison Place, Suite 205
Worcester MA 01608
Tel: (508)831-7380; Fax: (508)831-7381
  • no stated position on S 122
  • cosponsor National Death Penalty Moratorium Act of 2003
  • cosponsor National Death Penalty Moratorium Act of 2001
  • voted for Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
  • voted for Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994

I'm opposed to the death penalty in the criminal justice system because I think it's applied unfairly, as even Republican governors have determined, and because I'm for a worse punishment. I think it is worse to take somebody and put them in a small cell for the rest of their life, deprive them of their freedom, never to be paroled. . . I am for the death penalty for terrorists because terrorists have declared war on our country. And just as I, in a war, was prepared to kill in defense of my nation, I also believe that you eliminate the enemy.   - Appearing on Meet the Press, 12/1/02

I oppose the death penalty other than in cases of real international and domestic terrorism. We know we have put innocent people to death; 111 innocent people have already been released from death row. As president, I'll enforce the law but I'll also have a national moratorium on federal executions until we use DNA evidence to make sure those on death row are guilty.   - Reported by the Associated Press, 1/13/04

I have opposed the death penalty for many years. Since entering public service in 1977, I have served in several capacities that have enabled me to examine the use of capital punishment as an appropriate sentence for those convicted of committing a violent crime. Though Massachusetts does not have a capital punishment statute, I have had a chance to see the system at work in the 38 states that currently impose capital punishment as a sentence. I am not convinced that the death penalty appreciably deters crime. A September 2000 New York Times study found that the twelve states without the death penalty have homicide rates below the national average, whereas half of the states with the death penalty have homicide rates above the national average. I also have serious concerns with the death penalty's implementation across the United States. Statistical studies have shown that poor people and minorities are much more likely to be sentenced to death than those who are white or from more affluent backgrounds. One of my principal concerns with the death penalty is the possibility that innocent people will be executed due to errors in the criminal justice system. The Death Penalty Information Center reports that since 1973 when the death penalty was reinstated, 95 people in 22 states have been cleared of the crime that sent them to death-row. Many of these cases were not discovered through the normal appeals process, but rather as a result of new scientific techniques like DNA testing, investigations by journalists, and the work of expert attorneys, not available to the typical death-row inmate.   - Letter to constituents, July, 2005

First District
Congressman John W. Olver
1027 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515
Tel: (202)225-5335; Fax: (202)226-1224
www.house.gov/olver

463 Main Street
Fitchburg MA 01420
Tel: (978)342-8722; Fax: (978)343-8156

57 Suffolk Street, Suite 310
Holyoke MA 01040
Tel: (413)532-7010; Fax: (413)5320-6543

78 Center Street
Pittsfield MA 01202
Tel: (413)442-0946; Fax: (413)443-2792
  • cosponsor HR 4923
  • cosponsor Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act of 2003
  • voted against Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
  • voted for Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994

I believe the death penalty is not appropriate for a civilized nation.   - Letter to constituents, October, 2003

Second District
Congressman Richard E. Neal
2133 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515
Tel: (202)225-5601; Fax: (202)225-8112
www.house.gov/neal

4 Congress Street
Milford MA 01757
Tel: (508)634-8198; Fax: (508)634-8398

1550 Main Street, Room 309
Springfield MA 01103
Tel: (413)785-0325; Fax: (413)47-0604
  • unknown position on HR 4923
  • cosponsor HR 970
  • voted for Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
  • voted for Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994
Third District
Congressman James P. McGovern
430 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515
Tel: (202)225-6101; Fax: (202)225-5759
www.house.gov/mcgovern

One Park Street
Attleboro MA 02703
Tel: (508)431-8025; Fax: (508)431-8017

218 South Main Street, Room 204
Fall River MA 02721
Tel: (508)677-0141; Fax: (508)677-0992

34 Mechanic Street
Worcester MA 01608
Tel: (508)831-7356; Fax: (508)754-0982
  • cosponsor HR 4923
  • cosponsor Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act of 2003
Fourth District
Congressman Barney Frank
2252 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515
Tel: (202)225-5931; Fax: (202)225-0182
www.house.gov/frank

558 Pleasant Street, Room 309
New Bedford MA 02740
Tel: (508)999-6426; Fax: (508)999-6468

29 Crafts Street
Newton MA 02458
Tel: (617)332-3920; Fax: (617)332-2822

29 Broadway, Suite 310
Taunton MA 02780
Tel: (508)822-4796
  • cosponsor HR 4923
  • cosponsor Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act of 2003
  • cosponsor National Death Penalty Moratorium Act of 2001
  • voted against Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
  • voted for Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994
Fifth District
Congressman Martin T. Meehan
2447 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515
Tel: (202)225-3411; Fax: (202)226-0771
www.house.gov/meehan

305 Essex Street, Floor 4
Lawrence MA 01840
Tel: (978)681-6200; Fax: (978)682-6070

11 Kearney Square
Lowell MA 01852
Tel: (978)459-0101; Fax: (978)459-1907

255 Main Street, Room 104
Marlborough MA 01752
Tel: (508)460-9292; Fax: (508)460-6869
  • unknown position on HR 4923
  • voted for Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
  • voted for Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994

For those who kill innocent people, I think it's entirely appropriate.   - Statement in support of a bill which authorizes capital punishment against terrorist bombers who target government facilities. Quoted in The Boston Herald, 12/20/01

Rep. Meehan is a member of the Comittee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime Terrorism and Homeland Security.
Sixth District
Congressman John F. Tierney
120 Chatham House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515
Tel: (202)225-8020; Fax: (202)225-5915
www.house.gov/tierney

17 Peabody Street
Peabody MA 01960
Tel: (978)531-1669; Fax: (978)531-1996

Lynn City Hall, Room 514
Lynn MA 01902
Tel: (781)595-7375; Fax: (781)595-7492

160 Main Street
Haverhill MA 01830
Tel: (978)469-1942; Fax: (978)469-9021
  • unknown position on HR 4923

I do not believe that capital punishment is the answer to deterring crime. It is always devastating to hear of a senseless killing, and most people want to see the perpetrator brought to justice. However, in too many cases we have been quick to condemn an individual to death without fully realizing the implications and consequences of capital punishment. The increased use of the death penalty has not proven to discourage future crime and may in fact, continue to increase discrimination against certain individuals. . . The verdict of death challenges reason and is ineffectual. We must question the justification of taking the life of one who is being punished for doing just that. A dangerous criminal should be put away for life, away from accustomed comforts. In the long run, this choice will save taxpayers money and will send a strong message that justice will be duly administered.   - Letter to constituents, October, 2003

Seventh District
Congressman Edward J. Markey
2108 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515
Tel: (202)225-2836; Fax: (202)225-1716
www.house.gov/markey

188 Concord Street, Suite 102
Framingham MA 01702
Tel: (508)875-2900; Fax: (508)370-8165

5 High Street, Suite 101
Medford MA 02155
Tel: (781)396-2900; Fax: (781)396-3220
  • cosponsor HR 4923
  • voted against Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
  • voted for Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994

I believe that this country's death penalty system needs to be revamped. . . I support a more thoughtful, comprehensive effort toward remedying the inequalities in the capital punishment system. . . I am inclined to support legislation that reforms the problems in our capital punishment system, not end the capital punishment system.   - Letter to constituents, July, 2003

Eigth District
Congressman Michael E. Capuanao
1232 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515
Tel: (202)225-5111; Fax: (202)225-9322
www.house.gov/capuano

110 First Street
Cambridge MA 02141
Tel: (617)621-6208; Fax: (617)621-8628

1234 Columbus Ave., Room 110
Roxbury MA 02120
Tel: (617)-6208l Fax: (617)541-6909
  • cosponsor HR 4923
  • cosponsor Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act of 2003

I'm against the death penalty but if we're going to have one, then there are few people more deserving of it than those who committed those particularly heinous crimes.   - Statement in support of a bill which authorizes capital punishment against terrorist bombers who target government facilities. Quoted in The Boston Herald, 12/20/01

Ninth District
Congressman Stephen F. Lynch
235 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515
Tel: (202)225-8273; Fax: (202)225-3984
www.house.gov/lynch

One Courthouse Way, Suite 3110
Boston MA 02210
Tel: (617)428-2000; Fax: (617)428-2011

166 Main Street
Brockton MA 02301
Tel: (508)586-5555; Fax: (508)580-4692
  • unknown position on HR 4923

I believed we had in this country a reliable system of prosecution and defense, but the Innocence Project found 50 cases in which we have wrongly prosecuted the innocent and given them capital sentences. I would be reckless to have this evidence before me and not take a step back.   - Announcing his change in stance from pro-death penalty to pro-moratorium. Quoted in The Boston Globe, 8/4/01

Tenth District
Congressman William D. Delahunt
1317 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515
Tel: (202)225-3111; Fax: (202)225-5658
www.house.gov/delahunt

166 Main Street
Brockton MA 02401
Tel: (508)584-6666; Fax: (508)584-6990

146 Main Street
Hyannis MA 02601
Tel: (508)771-0666; Fax: (800)870-2626, (508)790-1959

1495 Hancock Street, Floor 4
Quincy MA 02169
Tel: (617)770-3700, (800)794-9911; Fax: (617)770-2984
  • cosponsor HR 4923
  • cosponsor Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act of 2003
  • cosponsor National Death Penalty Moratorium Act of 2001

America's continued resort to the death penalty has brought condemnation from civilized nations across the globe. I do not see how it serves America's interests to enact additional provisions that will further complicate our ability to prosecute terrorists and further marginalize the U.S. within the family of nations.   - Statement in opposition to a bill which authorizes capital punishment against terrorist bombers who target government facilities. Quoted in The Boston Herald, 12/20/01

Rep. Delahunt is a member of the Comittee on the Judiciary.