SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Democrat Richard Neal ran for re-election this year for the 18th term in Washington.

Congressman Neal took the lead against his republican challenger Dean Martilli. Neal received 133,000 votes and his republican challenger, Dean Martilli of West Springfield, got 83,000 votes.
Neal will be entering his 18th term.

“Working in partnership with state officials and local officials, the rescue package really helped considerably for average American families. So our agenda is going to be to continue what we’ve been doing and I think many of the initiatives we’ve put forward have been highly successful,” Neal told 22News.

With this win, Neal will be entering his 18th term. He is currently the longest-serving member of the US House of Representatives from Massachusetts and all of New England. Neal has been working in Congress since 1989 and is currently serving as the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. Prior to being elected to congress in 1988, Neal was the mayor of Springfield.

Republican Dean Martilli is challenging Neal this year for his seat in Congress. He is a West Springfield resident who previously worked in Washington as Chief of Staff to former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, a Democrat. Martilli currently runs a public policy and governmental affairs firm.

The 1st Congressional District is geographically the largest in the state, and its new boundaries include all of Berkshire County and Hampden County, far western portions of Franklin County, western and southern portions of Hampshire County, and the southwestern portion of Worcester County.

22News is covering several races across the Commonwealth Tuesday night. Watch live at 10 p.m. on The CW Springfield and 11 p.m. on 22News for live election results.