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At least ten Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) alumni were elected to Congress on November 4. Among the class of new members will be Seth Moulton MPA 2011, who will represent Massachusetts' 6th Congressional district after defeating incumbent John Tierney in the primary and Republican Richard Tisei in the general election.
In his victory speech, Moulton, a decorated war veteran, spoke of his continuing desire to serve his country.
"My commitment to public service started in college with the decision to join the Marines. But, since leaving the military, I’ve spent a lot of time focused on efforts to expand opportunities for all of us to serve,” he said. “From the example set by the Greatest Generation, who answered the call during World War II and continued to serve after they came home, America’s newest generation shows a renewed and growing commitment to public service.”
Katherine Clark MPA 1997 was re-elected to Massachusetts' 5th congressional district seat, less than a year after winning a special election to fill Ed Markey's seat when he was elected to fill out John Kerry's seat in the U.S. Senate. Other HKS alumni who captured congressional seats on Election Night included Brendan Boyle MPP 2005 (PA-13); Gerald Connolly MPA 1979 (VA-11); Alan Grayson MPP 1983 (FL-9); Brian Higgins MPA 1996 (NY-26); Jim Langevin MPA 1994 (RI-2); Stephen Lynch MPA 1999 (MA-8); and Chris Van Hollen MPP 1985 (MD-8).
Another HKS alumnus, Jack Reed MPP 1973 (D/RI), was re-elected to a fourth term in the Senate, defeating Republican Mark Zaccaria. Reed sits on several important Senate committees, including Armed Services; Appropriations; and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
Seth Moulton MPA 2011
Photo Credit: Tom Fitzsimmons
"My commitment to public service started in college with the decision to join the Marines. But, since leaving the military, I’ve spent a lot of time focused on efforts to expand opportunities for all of us to serve,” Moulton said.