MA-3: Rep. Niki Tsongas (D) is Retiring

Earlier today Rep. Niki Tsongas (D) announced her retirement in 2018 after five and a half terms. Tsongas, Paul’s widow, was mostly a backbencher in the House. The D+10 seat covers most of the blue-collar Merrimack Valley along the NH border and then dips down to limousine liberal exurbs in MetroWest; it should stay in D hands. State Sens. Eileen Donoghue (D), Kathleen O’Connor-Ives (D), Barbara L’Italien (D), Jamie Eldridge (D), and Jennifer Flanagan (D), live in or near the district, along with nearly 20 State Reps. Ex-Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong (D) and Lowell Mayor Ed Kennedy (D) may also be names worth watching, along with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh CoS Dan Koh (D), and Ellen Meehan (D), ex-wife of Tsongas’s predecessor Marty Meehan (D).

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  • RogueBeaver August 9, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Politico Great Mentioner includes Ellen Meehan (Marty’s wife) and Walsh COS Dan Koh.

    QC/Blue Tory/M

    • Merrimackman August 9, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      Oh please no, not another heir force Congressman for Lowell….

      Ellen Meehan (nee Murphy) lost a State Rep race in Andover in 1992 to Republican Gary Coon, 51-49. She married Marty in 1996, they split a year ago

      R, RI-2

  • TheWizardOf144 August 9, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Just for you, Shamlet… “The (t)sounds of Tsongas”

    • shamlet August 10, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Cause the words you can profit from are written by a gleebish nerd…

      R, MD-7. Put not your trust in princes. Process is more important than outcome.

  • Tekzilla August 9, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Lisa Wong would be good here.

    36/M/NY-01 (D)

  • rdelbov August 9, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I mentioned this on the other thread. She has a half decent position on House Arm Services-she would likely chair a subcommittee if the Ds gained a majority.

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