NewsHOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Congressional redistricting has given the city of Holyoke a new congressman. He's Representative Richard Neal of Springfield.
Neal and his new constituents seemed to take to each other Saturday like fish to water during a meet and greet at the Holyoke Elks Lodge.
The people who welcomed their new congressman told 22News they feel that introductions really aren't needed.
“Congressman Neal is not a stranger to any of us. We're all supporters of his programs, so it's another enhancement for the city of Holyoke,” said Theresa Cooper-Gordon of Holyoke.
“Certainly many of the issues that confront Holyoke are similar to those confronting urban America, there won't be a learning curve for me, I'm pretty knowledgeable about the issues,” said U.S. Representative Richard Neal, Massachusetts First Congressional District.
Before the redistricting, John Olver of Amherst represented Holyoke as part of the old first district.