Birthdate: March 31, 1955
Birth Place: Boston, MA, United States
Residence: Boston, MA
First Elected: 2001
District: District 8
Stephen Lynch was born in Boston, where he still lives. He earned a bachelor's degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology, a law degree from Boston College and a master's degree from Harvard University.
Before entering public office, he was an ironworker and later served as president of the Ironworkers Union local chapter. He started his political career as a Massachusetts state representative, and went on to become a state senator.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 2001.
He and his wife, Margaret, have a daughter.
Stephen Lynch has deep blue-collar roots in the working-class neighborhoods and housing projects of South Boston. He was an ironworker who later became a union official before entering politics.
Lynch will seek re-election in 2012 in a newly drawn 8th Congressional District that includes communities south of Boston that Lynch hasn't represented before, including the city of Quincy.
Lynch's mother was a postal worker, and he was active in 2012 during the debate over legislation to shore up the U.S. Postal Service, praising provisions that allowed the service to offer buyouts and early retirement incentives and avoid layoffs.
Lynch was a staunch defender of Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama during the House investigation into the botched Fast and Furious operation. He accused Republicans of playing politics.
"They're going after Eric Holder because he's a proxy for the president," Lynch said in June 2012. "Simple as that. It's a political campaign-driven policy and approach to this issue."
Lynch's name came up as a possible contender for the seat of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy after Kennedy died in 2009. But Lynch decided against it after labor groups complained about his vote against the March 2010 health care reform bill.
The congressman initially supported the legislation, but ultimately voted against it, complaining it lacked a public option and included an insurance industry antitrust exemption. He vowed at the time to work to improve the law, not undo it.
In 2008, Lynch led a congressional delegation to Iraq to help assess military operations and reconstruction efforts. He also threw his support behind then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.
Lynch was one of three Massachusetts congressmen who voted in 2002 to give President George W. Bush power to go to war in Iraq, but later said they regretted their pro-war votes.
In 2003, he was a member of the first congressional delegation to travel to Iraq and Kuwait after the end of major combat. He traveled three more times to Iraq during 2005 and 2006, focusing on whether troops had proper body armor and equipment. He also had concerns about contracting fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lynch sponsored several veterans-related bills, including legislation that would allow veteran pharmacies to honor prescriptions written by private physicians.
In Boston, he called for the first congressional field hearings into cost overruns at the city's massive Big Dig project.
Lynch was elected to Congress in a special election on Sept. 11, 2001, amid the terrorist attack on the United States. He replaced the late Joseph Moakley.
Source: Associated Press