TSONGAS, Paul Efthemios

TSONGAS, Paul Efthemios
1941–1997

Biography

TSONGAS, Paul Efthemios, (husband of Nicola S. Tsongas), a Representative and a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Lowell, Middlesex County, Mass., February 14, 1941; attended the public schools of Lowell; graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1962, and from Yale University School of Law 1967; attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University 1973-1974; lawyer; admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1968 and commenced practice in Lowell; served as Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia 1962-1964, and the West Indies 1967-1968; deputy assistant attorney general of Massachusetts 1969-1971; served as Lowell city councillor 1969-1972; Middlesex County (Mass.) commissioner 1973-1974; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth Congress, November 4, 1974; reelected to the Ninety-fifth Congress (January 3, 1975-January 3, 1979); was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives but was elected in 1978 to the United States Senate; served from January 3, 1979, to January 2, 1985, when he resigned; was not a candidate for reelection to the Senate in 1984; resumed the practice of law in Boston; unsuccessful candidate for 1992 Democratic Presidential nomination; co-founder, The Concord Coalition; was a resident of Lowell, Mass., until his death in Boston, January 18, 1997; interment in Lowell Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of Lowell
Center for Lowell History

Lowell, MA
Papers: 1975-1984. 450 linear feet. Congressional and business correspondence and papers; photographs; video tape; sound recordings; and memorabilia. Finding aid.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Fenno, Richard F., Jr. Senators on the Campaign Trail: The Politics of Representation. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.

Netherton, Dane Morris. "Paul Tsongas and the Battles over Energy and the Environment, 1974-1980." Ph.D. dissertation, Washington State University, 2004.

Tsongas, Paul. A Call to Economic Arms. Boston: Foley Hoag & Eliot, 1991.

___. Heading Home. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.

___. Journey of Purpose: Reflections on the Presidency, Multiculturalism, and Third Parties. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.

___. The Road from Here: Liberalism and Realities in the 1980s. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981.

U.S. Congress. Senate. Tributes to the Honorable Paul E. Tsongas of Massachusetts in the United States Senate, Upon the Occasion of His Retirement from the Senate. 98th Cong., 2d sess., 1984. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1984.

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