|U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 1|
|June 18, 1991-2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Massachusetts State Senate|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|
|Birthday||September 3, 1936|
|Place of birth||Honesdale, Pennsylvania|
- 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
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.
- 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 served on the following committees and subcommittees:
- 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. 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.
Olver 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.
|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|
|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|
Congressional Staff Salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Olver paid his congressional staff a total of $1,083,458 in 2011. He ranked 63rd on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 82nd 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Olver's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $604,018 and $1,635,000. That averages to $1,119,509, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.
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.
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- Politico "Olver's exit averts intraparty fight," October 26, 2011
- Gov Track "Olver" Accessed May 22, 2012
- 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
- Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
- Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- 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
- LegiStorm "John Olver"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Olver, (D-Massachusetts), 2010"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- John Olver Campaign Website "About," Accessed November 18, 2011
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|Massachusetts House of Representatives
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