Niki Tsongas assumed office October 16, 2007, representing Massachusetts’ 5th District in the United States House of Representatives. Tsongas was the first woman from Massachusetts to be elected to Congress in 25 years. In 2012, Tsongas was redistricted from the 5th District to the 3rd District, and re-elected.
Tsongas was born April 26, 1946, in Chico, California. She graduated from Narimasu American High School in Tokyo, Japan, in 1964 when her father, a civil engineer in the United States Air Force and survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, was stationed in Japan. Tsongas attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in 1968. She received her Juris Doctorate from Boston University in 1988. Prior to serving in Congress, Tsongas worked as a social worker, lawyer and dean of external affairs at Middlesex Community College, the largest community college in the Commonwealth (1997-2007).
While in office, Tsongas has served on the House Armed Services Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.
- Smith College; Boston University
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- U.S. House of Representatives 2007 - Present