Seth Moulton is a veteran, a father, and a Democrat who represents a new generation of leaders in Washington.
Inspired to public service by his most important mentor in life, the great Black Minister Rev Peter Gomes, he joined the Marines in 2001, days after his college graduation and a few months before the attacks on 9/11. Leading a frontline infantry platoon in the first Marine company to enter Baghdad, he later worked to establish a free and independent Iraqi media, and served as a liaison to senior Iraqi military and political leaders for General Petraeus. While he was an outspoken critic of the Iraq War, he proudly served four tours, sharing the view of many of our servicemembers that he didn’t want anyone to go in his place.
After returning home from Iraq, Seth used the G.I. Bill to earn joint degrees in business and public administration, and then became the managing director of Texas Central, building America’s first high-speed rail line. But it wasn't long before he was called to serve once again, this time in his home district in Massachusetts.
Seth challenged the establishment with a platform of bringing a new generation of leadership to Washington, willing to fight for progressive values yet not afraid of bipartisanship.
Named the Most Effective Freshman Democrat in his first term, Seth has consistently delivered results in a divided Washington. He is the only Member of Congress to earn three Democracy Awards from the Congressional Management Foundation, one in 2018 for Transparency, a second in 2020 for having the best constituent services in all of Congress, and a third in 2022 for Achievement in Innovation and Modernization.
His legislation created the 988 National Suicide Lifeline, which is now live in all fifty states. Seth has delivered Faster Care for Veterans, modernized Government Travel, and delivered on ALS Disability Insurance. His American High-Speed Rail Act is the most ambitious and forward-thinking infrastructure package before Congress today, and his G.I. Bill Restoration Act would finally restore long-denied benefits to Black veterans of World War II.
Today, Seth sits on three committees. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee where he serves as Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. At the beginning of the 118th Congress, he was selected by party leadership to sit on the new Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the U.S. and China, which was created to shape a diplomatic, economic, and military strategy toward the Chinese Communist Party that preserves American leadership and avoids war.
As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Seth is the Congressional leader on high-speed rail and other next-generation infrastructure.
Back home in Massachusetts, Seth works tirelessly to support local small businesses and veterans, advance civil rights, and grow the economy. He created a model intergovernmental task force that has spurred over $1 billion in federal economic development funding for the city of Lynn, and he forged a unique partnership between fishermen and scientists to ensure the long-term sustainability of fish stocks and the local fishing economy.
Most importantly, Seth is the proud father of two girls, Emmy and Caroline. His amazing wife Liz is a sports industry executive, and they live in Salem, Massachusetts.
Seth is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party.
On the House Armed Services Committee, Seth serves on two subcommittees:
Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces subcommittee (STR)
Member of the Cyber, Innovation Technology, and Information Systems (CITI)
On the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Seth serves on three subcommittees:
Highways and Transit
Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
Water Resources and Environment
Personal Financial Disclosure
Every Member of the U.S. House of Representatives who was in office by May 15 of the current year is required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement covering these categories, for the previous calendar year:
- earned income (e.g., salaries and fees)
- donations made by others to charities in lieu of paying a Representative for a speech, appearance, or article
- “unearned” income
- assets purchased, sold, or exchanged
- gifts received
- travel reimbursements
- positions held by the Representative
- agreements with outside entities
Financial disclosure statements for Representatives are available on the Internet on or about June 15 of the year they are filed, and are available on the Internet through the Clerk’s Financial Disclosure Reports Database.
Travel Expense Reimbursements
Every Member of the House of Representatives is required to file reports which detail travel-related expenses reimbursed by nongovernment sources and charitable contributions made in lieu of honoraria (a payment for services that do not have a set fee). All of these reports are available through the Gift and Travel Filings page maintained by the Clerk of the House.
Every three months, the Chief Administrative Officer of the House publishes the “Statement of Disbursements” — the official report of the receipts and expenditures of every office of the House of Representatives. You can read the full text of the most recent report or browse archived reports.
Conflicts of Interest Policy
I am committed to not only following both the letter and spirit of the ethics rules to avoid conflicts of interest, but also demonstrating a commitment to avoiding any appearances of a conflict between my official congressional work and any personal financial interests.
Members of Congress and their senior staff are required to disclose their finances once per year and in periodic transaction reports (“PTR”s) so that the public and journalists can scrutinize their financial interests. In order to provide additional transparency beyond those reports, my team and I have added my financial disclosure information and the policy we use to avoid conflicts of interest in the course of our work to my website.
There are several House ethics rules that prohibit Members of Congress and congressional staff from financially benefiting from their public positions. These include rules related to contracting with the federal government, accepting gifts, restrictions on outside employment, using the office for personal gain, and the STOCK Act, which regulates investing in initial public offerings and making investment decisions based on material nonpublic information (insider trading).
These rules lay out several bright lines to guide Members and staff away from conflicts of interest. For example, Members must do the following related to any personal investment:
- Recuse themselves from participating in legislative actions in which they have a material conflict
- Never use their official position to benefit a company in which they are invested, such as by promoting a product using official resources or passing information learned in an official capacity to a company in which they are invested
- Never use information they receive because of their official position to benefit themselves financially--in particular, Members cannot sell or purchase stock based on non-public information that is made available to them due to their official position
Because a member of Congress has a Constitutional obligation to vote on matters coming before the House, members of Congress are generally allowed to vote on the floor on a bill even if the bill benefits a company in which they are invested or that company’s industry as long as the bill is not solely focused on the company in which they are invested. Actions that go beyond voting on the House floor are, however, subject to more restrictive recusal requirements.
My goal is to be transparent and thorough in preventing conflicts of interest. My team and I scrutinize every decision we make to determine whether the action could have a real or perceived conflict with a personal financial interest that I or a member of my senior staff and my family might have. With that in mind, as part of our due diligence process we apply the conflicts of interest policy outlined above to companies in which my wife, my senior staff or I have a direct financial interest. As I update my financial disclosures, I will update the policy to include anything else in which I am invested
Team Moulton's vision is that every American will share a deep commitment to our country and world, possess the desire to make them better, and have the opportunity to do so.
Team Moulton's mission is to serve, and inspire others to serve, in order to improve people's lives and strengthen our democracy.
We do not shy away from difficult decisions. We choose to do what is right, even when it is not politically convenient. We stand up for others before ourselves. We understand that courage is not being fearless, but pushing forward in the face of our fears.
All people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. We strive to understand people’s perspectives and respectfully communicate our own, especially when we disagree. We approach every interaction with an open mind, reticent to question people’s motives but willing to challenge their judgment.
We seek out truth, and we are honest and trustworthy in all of our actions. Our stakeholders deserve our complete candor—while they may not always agree with us, they should always know where we stand.
We get things done. We seize opportunity, favoring action over inaction. Our team is expected, and empowered, to make a difference every day and to act in the best interest of our constituents, community, and country.
We believe that openness is a hallmark of good government, and that the timely and free sharing of information makes our team stronger. We seek out effective ways to connect, including the use of technology, in order to improve how we interact with our constituents and each other.
We value knowledge and seek to grow from every experience. We freely admit what we do not know, and we embrace mistakes as learning opportunities. We share, and welcome, feedback in order to improve as individuals and as a team.