Jim McGovern (Massachusetts)

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Jim McGovern
James P McGovern.jpg
U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1996-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 25
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRichard E. Neal (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$7,150,315
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sAmerican University
Master'sAmerican University
Personal
BirthdayNovember 20, 1959
Place of birthWorcester, Massachusetts
ProfessionElected official
Net worth$3,228,506
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
James "Jim" McGovern (b. November 20, 1959) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Massachusetts' 2nd congressional district. McGovern was first elected to the House in 1996 and won re-election on November 6, 2012. McGovern had previously represented the 3rd district but due to redistricting in 2012, he now represents the 2nd district[1].

McGovern is set to run for re-election in Massachusetts' 2nd congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014. Prior to his election in the House McGovern served as senior aide to Rep. John Joseph Moakley and was also appointed to lead the Moakley Commission Congressional Investigation into the murder of six Jesuit priests by the Salvadoran Army.[2][3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, McGovern is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Biography

McGovern was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of two small business owners.[4] He earned his B.A. and M.P.A. from American University in 1981 and 1984 respectively.[5]

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.[6]

Career

The following is a bulleted list of McGovern's career.[7]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

McGovern serves on the following committees:[8]

2011-2012

McGovern served on the following committees and subcommittees:[9]

  • 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

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[10]

Campaign themes

2012

On his campaign website, McGovern listed the following seven issues.[11]

  • 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." [11]

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts' 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

McGovern is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

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.[12]

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

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McGovern is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, McGovern raised a total of $7,150,315 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[21]

Jim McGovern (Massachusetts)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 2) Won $1,068,822
2010 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 3) Won $1,839,052
2008 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 3) Won $1,085,779
2006 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 3) Won $755,594
2004 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 3) Won $924,147
2002 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 3) Won $628,348
2000 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 3) Won $848,573
Grand Total Raised $7,150,315

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are McGovern's reports.[22]

Jim McGovern (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 8, 2013$354,251.02$132,921.46$(86,217.96)$400,954.52
July Quarterly[24]July 13, 2013$400,954.52$176,275.94$(71,004.08)$506,226.38
Running totals
$309,197.4$(157,222.04)

2012

Breakdown of the source of McGovern's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

McGovern won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McGovern's campaign committee raised a total of $1,068,822 and spent $740,709.[25]

Cost per vote

McGovern spent $2.86 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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.[26]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McGovern is a "far-left Democratic leader" June 24, 2013.[27]

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress, tracks whom from each party each member of Congress votes most and least often with.[28]

McGovern most often votes with:

McGovern least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, McGovern missed 168 of 11,058 roll call votes from Jan 1997 to Mar 2013, which is 1.5%. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[29]

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 ranked 91st on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 118th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Massachusetts ranked 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.[30]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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 2011 was estimated between $1,102,012 and $5,355,000. This averages to $3,228,506, which is a 13.14% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[31]

2010

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.[32]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, McGovern was ranked one of the most liberal representative during 2012. There are 13 other representatives that share this ranking. This was the most liberal ranking held by a representative of Massachusetts in 2012.[33]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Jim McGovern was ranked the 21st most liberal representative during 2011.[34]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

McGovern voted with the Democratic Party 91.7% of the time, which ranked 135th among the 201 House Democratic members as of November 2013.[35]

Recent news

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Personal

McGovern is married to Lisa. They have two children. McGovern has two sisters.[36]

External links


References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Biography of James McGovern," Accessed November 23, 2011
  3. McGovern House website, "About Jim McGovern," Accessed November 23, 2011
  4. Jim McGovern Campaign website, "About Jim," November 23, 2011
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "McGOVERN, James P., (1959 - )"
  6. McGovern House website, "About Jim McGovern," Accessed November 23, 2011
  7. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Biography of James McGovern," Accessed November 23, 2011
  8. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  9. Official McGovern House Website, "Biography," Accessed on November 23, 2011
  10. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Jim McGovern for Congress, "Issues" August 11, 2012
  12. Associated Press, "Massachusetts Primary Results," Accessed September 6, 2012
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets, "Jim McGovernor," Accessed May 16, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Jim McGovern Summary Report," Accessed July 25, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "Jim McGovern April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "Jim McGovern July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  25. Open Secrets, "Jim McGovern 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  26. Open Secrets, "James McGovern 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 23, 2011
  27. GovTrack, "McGovern," Accessed June 24, 2013
  28. OpenCongress, "Jim McGovern," Accessed August 5, 2013
  29. GovTrack, "James McGovern," Accessed April 2013
  30. LegiStorm, "Jim McGovern"
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "McGovern, (D-Massachusetts), 2011"
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "McGovern, (D-Massachusetts), 2010"
  33. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  34. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  35. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  36. Project Vote Smart, "Summary," Accessed November 23, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Neal
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts, District 2
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Peter Blute
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts, District 3
1989-2013
Succeeded by
Niki Tsongas