Jim (Jim) McGovern (D-02)

US Representative Jim McGovern

Jim (Jim) McGovern (D-02)
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Capitol: 202.225.6101
FAX: 202.225.5759
District: 413.341.8700
Room 370 CHOB- Cannon House Office Building 25 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-2102
24 Church Street
Leominster, MA 01453
Residence:Worcester, MA

Committee Assignments

RM MemberHouse Committee on Rules
RM MemberJoint Congressional-Executive Commission on China
ChairmanFriends of Switzerland
Co-ChairHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Green Jobs
Co-ChairHome Health Caucus
ChairmanPeak Oil Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Wounded to Work Caucus
Co-ChairTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Childhood Obesity
Co-ChairMitochondrial Disease Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Nutrition, Foreign Agriculture and Horticulture
FC MemberCongressional Cuba Democracy Caucus
FC MemberAd Hoc Congressional Committee on Irish Affairs
FC MemberAfrican Great Lakes Caucus
FC MemberGeneric Drug Equity Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Rules and the Organization of the House
FC MemberAlbanian Issues Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Agriculture
FC MemberCongressional Community Pharmacy Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus Religious Minorities in the Middle East
FC MemberHouse Diplomacy Caucus
FC MemberProtection of Civilians in Conflict Caucus
Co-ChairNo War With Iran Caucus
FC MemberCongressional International Basic Education Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Higher Education Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Congenital Heart Defect Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pollinator Protection Caucus
FC MemberVeterinary Medicine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Public Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cranberry Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Youth Sports
FC MemberHouse Science and National Labs Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Oral Health Caucus
FC MemberEMS Caucus (Emergency Medical Services)
FC MemberCongressional Global Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Human Trafficking
FC MemberCongressional Submarine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Men's Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Library of Congress Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands
FC MemberCongressional Creative Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Public Transportation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Full Employment Caucus
FC MemberRock and Roll Caucus
FC MemberLyme Disease Caucus
FC MemberDairy Caucus
FC MemberInternational Workers' Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Refugee Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coastal Caucus
FC MemberCongressional High Technology Caucus
FC MemberAmericans Abroad Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Soccer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberCongressional National Parks Caucus
FC MemberCrohn's and Colitis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cut Flower Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Ireland Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shellfish Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Portuguese American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Deaf Caucus
FC MemberCongressional ALS Caucus
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberJob Corps Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Peace Corps Caucus
FC MemberCongressional STEAM Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Sexual Assault and Prevention Caucus
FC MemberBrain Injury Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Organic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Primary Care Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberHouse Oceans Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Safe Climate Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Renters Caucus
Vice ChairCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus


Congressman Jim McGovern represents the Second District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a tireless champion for his home state and a global leader working to end hunger, protect human rights, and promote peace. He believes public service should be about bringing people together and working to make life better for all our families. Jim was appointed top Democrat on the Powerful House Rules Committee 2018, serving as Chairman throughout the 116th and 117th Congress. During his tenure, Jim worked hard to make Congress more accessible, transparent, and open. He brought about reforms that gave all Members of Congress more time to read bills, required bills to go through the committee process instead of being behind closed doors, and created an office of diversity and inclusion to recruit and retain congressional staff that reflect the diversity of America. As a senior member of the House Committee on Agriculture's Subcommittee on Nutrition and Oversight, Jim is a tireless champion for hungry Americans. He fought for and secured the first ever White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in 2022. Thanks to his advocacy and determination, military families are being screened for hunger for the first time ever, families with children are seeing enhanced food benefits, schools are able to provide more nutritious meals, and America now has a plan to end hunger within a decade. For his powerful advocacy on human rights and American global leadership, Jim has been appointed Co-Chair of both the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission - both of which monitor, investigate and advocate on behalf of international human rights, the rule of law, and good governance. Jim's human rights leadership dates back to his time as a congressional staffer, when he was asked to help lead the investigation of the murders of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador following public outrage in Congress. He exposed that the murders were committed by the U.S. backed Salvadoran military-leading to a major shift in American foreign policy that made future military aid contingent on improved human rights and a negotiated peace in El Salvador. Jim wrote, introduced, and had signed into law the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which allows the President to punish foreign officials who the U.S. identifies as corrupt or human rights abusers. The law was so successful, Congress later applied it world-wide as the Global Magnitsky Act. Jim has also authored and passed into law several landmark pieces of legislation to hold the government of China accountable for human rights violations, including the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, the Tibet Policy and Support Act, and the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. Jim's commitment to public service began at a young age. In 7th grade, Jim volunteered on the 1972 presidential campaign of Senator George McGovern - no relation. When Jim decided to attend college at the American University in Washington, D.C. he applied for an internship in the office of Senator McGovern. He worked his way through college as an intern, earning a BA in history in 1981 before going to work in the office of Congressman Joe Moakley, a Democrat from South Boston. While working for Moakley, Jim went back to American University to earn a Master's Degree in Public Administration in 1984. With Newt Gingrich as Speaker, Jim saw that too often, Washington worked for the rich and powerful instead of the American people. Jim successfully ran for Congress in 1996 and has won reelection in each subsequent term. After his first election, when Jim was on the House Floor to take the oath of office, he took his two mentors - Moakley and Senator McGovern - with him. He asked them both- "what should I know before I take my oath?" Senator McGovern said- "get over the fear of losing an election, or else you'll constantly be obsessed with polls instead of doing what's right. Always do what's right." Congressman Moakley said- "get to know everyone here as a person. Get to know what they stand for and who they are and treat them with respect." Jim has never forgotten their advice. From principled stands on tough issues to working with Members of Congress from across the country and on both sides of the aisle, Jim has fought to ensure that every single person in this country and around the world is treated with dignity and respect. Jim was born and raised in the Burncoat neighborhood of Worcester. The values he learned from his friends and family are the same ones he fights for every day in Congress- fairness, decency, respect for all people, and the idea that each of us has an obligation to give back to our community. Jim's parents, Walter and Mindy, own a small package store in Worcester, and his sisters are both public school teachers. He is married to Lisa Murray McGovern and they have two children, Patrick and Molly.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 1996    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Lisa Murray   DOB: 11/20/1959
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