TSONGAS, Nicola S. (Niki)

TSONGAS, Nicola S. (Niki)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1946–

Biography

TSONGAS, Nicola S. (Niki), (wife of Paul Tsongas), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Chico, Butte County, Calif., April 26, 1946; graduated from Narimasu American High School, Tokyo, Japan, 1964; attended Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.; B.A., Smith College, Northampton, Mass. 1968; J.D., Boston University, Boston, Mass., 1988; social worker; lawyer, private practice; dean of external affairs, Middlesex Community College, Lowell, Mass., 1997-2007; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Tenth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative Martin Meehan, and reelected to the five succeeding Congresses (October 16, 2007-January 3, 2019); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Sixteenth Congress in 2018.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Armed Services
  • House Committee - Budget
  • House Committee - Natural Resources
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Related Media

Learning to Campaign

The Honorable Nicola S. (Niki) Tsongas recalls the ways in which she helped her husband Paul Tsongas when he ran for Congress.

The Honorable Nicola S. (Niki) Tsongas, U.S. Representative of Massachusetts
Interview recorded January 18, 2018 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

"Set the Stage for Broader Change"

The Honorable Nicola S. (Niki) Tsongas recalls an experience on the Armed Services Committee and explains how women Members can bring about change.

The Honorable Nicola S. (Niki) Tsongas, U.S. Representative of Massachusetts
Interview recorded January 18, 2018 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)