Jim McGovern (Massachusetts)
|U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 2|
|January 3, 1989-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||26|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Date of birth||November 20, 1959|
|Place of birth||Worcester, Massachusetts|
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- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
The following is a bulleted list of McGovern's career.
- 1997-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts' 3rd congressional district
- 1982-1996: Senior aide, U.S. House representatives John Joseph Moakley
- 1984: Presidential campaign staff, George McGovern
- 1981-1983: Aide, U.S. Senator George McGovern
McGovern serves on the following committees:
McGovern served on the following committees and subcommittees:
- 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
McGovern voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.
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.
|U.S. House, Massachusetts District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Jim McGovern Incumbent||75.6%||259,257|
|Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"|
|Massachusetts' 2th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Jim McGovern Incumbent||91.5%||24,231|
On his campaign website, McGovern lists the following seven issues.
- 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."
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."
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."
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." 
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.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 3 Election, 2008|
|Democratic||James "Jim" McGovern Incumbent||75%||227,619|
|Jim McGovern (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$372,826.21||$209,699.64||$(81,127.69)||$501,398.16|
|July Quarterly||June 30, 2012||$501,398.16||$90,574.17||$(119,774.22)||$472,198.11|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives Congressional District 3, 2010 - Jim McGovern (Massachusetts) Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$146x|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$14xx5|
|Top contributors to Jim McGovern (Massachusetts)'s campaign committee|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
Percentage voting with party
McGovern voted with the Democratic Party 93.4% of the time, which ranked 67th among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.
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McGovern is married to Lisa. They have two children. McGovern has two sisters.
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- Politico "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
- Gov Track "McGovern" Accessed May 18, 2012
- Jim McGovern Campaign website "About Jim," November 23, 2011
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "McGOVERN, James P., (1959 - )"
- McGovern House website "About Jim McGovern," Accessed November 23, 2011
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Biography of James McGovern," Accessed November 23, 2011
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Official McGovern House Website "Biography," Accessed on November 23, 2011
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Associated Press "Massachusetts Primary Results," Accessed September 6, 2012
- Jim McGovern for Congress "Issues" August 11, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
- Federal Election Commission "Jim McGovern's Summary Report," Accessed July 2, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Jim McGovern April Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Jim McGovern July Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
- Open Secrets "James McGovern 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 23, 2011
- LegiStorm "Jim McGovern"
- OpenSecrets.org, "McGovern, (D-Massachusetts), 2010"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Project Vote Smart "Summary," Accessed November 23, 2011
|U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts, District 2
| Succeeded by|
|U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts, District 3
| Succeeded by|