Chester G. Atkins Chester Greenough Atkins was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts.
Atkins was born in Geneva, Switzerland on April 14, 1948 and graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School in 1966 and Antioch College in 1970. He was elected as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1970-1971 and the Massachusetts State Senate from 1972-1984. He also served as chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee from 1977-1990. When James Shannon decided to run for the US Senate seat vacated by the ailing Paul Tsongas, Atkins ran and was successfully elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-ninth Congress in 1984. He would serve there for four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1985 - January 3, 1993). In his reelection bid of 1990, Atkins won by a surprising thin margin for the heavily Democratic 5th District, and as a result, in 1992, Democrats backed Democratic Challenger Martin T. Meehan fearing the seat could fall to the Republicans. He currently resides in Concord, Massachusetts.
Chester G. Atkins's biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Preceded by: James Michael Shannon Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts's 5th congressional district January 3, 1985 - January 3, 1993 Succeeded by: Marty Meehan