Difference between revisions of "John Olver"
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|U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 1|
|June 18, 1991-Present|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||24|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Massachusetts State Senate|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|
|Date of birth||September 3, 1936|
|Place of birth||Honesdale, Pennsylvania|
On October 26, 2011, Olver announced he would not be seeking re-election in 2012.
Olver was born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania where he grew up on a farm. He earned his BA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.A. from Tufts University, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prior to becoming an elected official, Olver was a professor of chemistry at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
- United States House of Representatives, 1991-present
- Massachusetts State Senate, 1972-1991
- Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1968-1972
- Professor, Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, 1961-1969
- Professor, Franklin Technical Institute, 1956-1958
Olver serves on the following committees and subcommittees:
- U.S. House Appropriations Committee
- Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development
- Subcommittee on Energy and Water
- Subcommittee on Homeland Security
Percentage voting with party
Olver voted with the Democratic Party 93.9% of the time, which ranked 47th among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.
A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members. According to the report, Olver secured $5.1 million in earmarks for a road project and intersection near Hampshire College. The project begins 209 feet from the congressman's 15-acre home and several adjoining parcels he owns with his wife.
With Massachusetts losing a U.S. House seat due to the updated 2010 census, two of the 10 incumbents will be drawn into the same district. Olver is not running for re-election in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 1 Election, 2010|
|Democratic||John Olver Incumbent||63.3%||127,857|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 1 Election, 2008|
|Democratic||John Olver Incumbent||73.2%||216,199|
Olver won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Olver's campaign committee raised a total of $863,992 and spent $908,334.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives Congressional District 1, 2010 - John Olver Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$60,342|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$53,348|
|Top contributors to John Olver's campaign committee|
|American Assn for Justice||$10,000|
|American Council of Engineering Cos||$10,000|
|American Crystal Sugar||$10,000|
|American Federation of Teachers||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Olver is married to Rose. They have one child. He has lived in Amherst, MA since 1963.
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- Media coverage:
- Politico "Olver's exit averts intraparty fight," October 26, 2011
- John Olver U.S. House website "About John," Accessed November 18, 2011
- Project Vote Smart "Biography of John Olver," Accessed November 18, 2011
- Official Olver House Website "Committees and Caucuses," Accessed on August 31, 2011
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
- Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
- Berkshire Eagle "Berkshires may lose rural voice with Olver's retirement," October 28, 2011
- MSNBC "2010 Election Results"
- Boston Globe "2008 Election Results"
- Open Secrets "John Olver 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 30, 2011
- John Olver Campaign Website "About," Accessed November 18, 2011
|U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 1
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|Massachusetts State Senate
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|Massachusetts House of Representatives
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