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Jim McGovern
James P McGovern.jpg
U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 3
In office
January 3, 1989-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 26
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAmerican University
Master'sAmerican University
Date of birthNovember 20, 1959
Place of birthWorcester, Massachusetts
ProfessionElected official
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
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James "Jim" McGovern (b. November 20, 1959) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. McGovern serves 3rd congressional district of Massachusetts. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1996. He ran for re-election in 2012 in the 2nd congressional district due to redistricting.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McGovern is a "far-left Democratic leader".[1]

McGovern won re-election on November 6th, 2012.[2]


McGovern was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of two small business owners.[3] He earned his B.A. and M.P.A. from American University in 1981 and 1984 respectively.[4]

In 1990, McGovern was appointed to lead the Moakley Commission Congressional Investigation into the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador by the Salvadoran Army. That commission's report ultimately led to a change in the U.S. foreign policy on aid to other countries.[5]


The following is a bulleted list of McGovern's career.[6]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


McGovern serves on the following committees and subcommittees:[7]

  • Committee on Rules
    • Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House Ranking Member
  • Committee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management



See also: Redistricting in Massachusetts and United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts, 2012

McGovern ran for re-election in 2012. He has been redistricted and won re-election in the 2nd congressional district of Massachusetts. He defeated William Feegbeh in the Democratic primary on September 6, 2012.[8]

General Election

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim McGovern Incumbent 75.6% 259,257
     N/A All Others 1.2% 4,078
     N/A Blank Votes 23.2% 79,401
Total Votes 342,736
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

Primary Results

Massachusetts' 2th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim McGovern Incumbent 91.5% 24,231
William Feegbeh 8.5% 2,258
Total Votes 26,489

Campaign themes

On his campaign website, McGovern lists the following seven issues.[9]

  • Economy and Jobs

On his website, McGovern says, "As the son of small business owners, Jim McGovern knows that small business is the backbone of America’s economy. Jim grew up working in his parent’s package store in Worcester, so he knows what it takes to help businesses grow."

  • Education

On his website, McGovern says, "The Third District is home to some of the best institutions of higher education in the world. And Jim McGovern has been worked tirelessly to help families afford a higher education, including authoring legislation to increase Pell Grants. Jim believes that for students who get into college, the focus should be on succeeding in school, not on worrying about how they will pay for it."

  • Energy

On his website, McGovern says, "Jim believes we must reduce our dependence on foreign oil, improve energy efficiency and – most important – create new clean energy jobs here in Massachusetts."

  • Iraq and Afghanistan

On his website, McGovern says, "Jim McGovern voted against the war in Iraq. He believes it was a war of choice, not necessity. There were no weapons of mass destruction. The costs have been enormous."

  • Social Security and Medicare

On his website, McGovern says, "Jim McGovern believes that Social Security and Medicare are sacred promises – commitments that our nation has made to ensure that our senior citizens can live their lives with dignity. Those promises must not be broken."

  • Veterans

On his website, McGovern says, "Jim McGovern believes that there is no higher priority for our nation than providing for our brave men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States. Jim is a strong supporter of programs that provide health care, education, and economic opportunity for our veterans."

  • Wall Street Reform

On his website, McGovern says, "Jim McGovern believes that for years, Wall Street and the Big Banks exploited loopholes, gambled people’s hard-earned money on complex schemes, and rewarded failure and recklessness while Republicans turned a blind eye. America’s families and businesses paid the price. Jim has been a strong supporter of reforming Wall Street to protect consumers and to hold the people who got us into this mess accountable." [9]


On November 2, 2010, McGovern won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Martin A. Lamb (R), Patrick J. Barron (Independent), and All Others in the general election.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 3 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim McGovern Incumbent 56.5% 122,708
     Republican Martin A. Lamb 39.2% 85,124
     Independent Patrick J. Barron 4.3% 9,388
     All Others 0.1% 132
Total Votes 217,352


On November 4, 2008, McGovern won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the general election.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 3 Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames "Jim" McGovern Incumbent 75% 227,619
     N/A Blank/Scattering 23.8% 72,208
     N/A All Others 1.1% 3,488
Total Votes 303,315

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are McGovern's reports.[12]

Jim McGovern (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]March 31, 2012$372,826.21$209,699.64$(81,127.69)$501,398.16
July Quarterly[14]June 30, 2012$501,398.16$90,574.17$(119,774.22)$472,198.11
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of McGovern's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

McGovern won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, McGovern's campaign committee raised a total of $1,839,052 and spent $2,145,195.[15]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. McGovern paid his congressional staff a total of $1,042,016 in 2011. He ranks 91st on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 118th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Massachusetts ranks 2nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, McGovern's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $602,012 and $5,104,999. That averages to $2,853,505.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[17]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

McGovern voted with the Democratic Party 93.4% of the time, which ranked 67th among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[18]

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McGovern is married to Lisa. They have two children. McGovern has two sisters.[19]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Blute
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts, District 3
Succeeded by