John Olver

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John Olver
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U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 1
In office
June 18, 1991-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 23
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts State Senate
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Bachelor'sRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Master'sTufts University
BirthdaySeptember 3, 1936
Place of birthHonesdale, Pennsylvania
ProfessionCollege Professor
Office website
John Walter Olver (b. September 3, 1936) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Olver serves the 1st congressional district of Massachusetts. He represents the voters in much of rural western Massachusetts, who first elected him to the U.S. House in 1991.

On October 26, 2011, Olver announced he would not be seeking re-election in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Olver is a "moderate Democratic follower".[2]


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.[3]


Prior to becoming an elected official, Olver was a professor of chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Olver serves on the following committees and subcommittees:[5]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security



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.[6] 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.[7]



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

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.[8]


On November 2, 2010, Olver won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Bill Gunn (R) in the general election.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 1 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Olver Incumbent 63.3% 127,857
     Republican Bill Gunn 36.7% 74,145
Total Votes 202,002


On November 4, 2008, Olver won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Nate Bech (R) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 1 Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Olver Incumbent 73.2% 216,199
     Republican Nate Bech 26.8% 79,314
Total Votes 295,513

Campaign donors


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

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.[11]

Massachusetts House of Representatives Congressional District 1, 2010 - John Olver Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $863,992
Total Spent $908,834
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
Honeywell International$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Transportation Unions$77,000
Lawyers/Law Firms$58,588
Real Estate$50,667

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Olver is married to Rose. They have one child. He has lived in Amherst, Massachusetts, since 1963.[12]

External links

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Political offices
Preceded by
Silvio Conte
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts, District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Massachusetts State Senate
Succeeded by
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Massachusetts House of Representatives
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