Jim (Jim) P. McGovern (D-USH02)
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Capitol: 202.225.6101
FAX: 202.225.5759
District: 413.341.8700
District FAX: 413.584.1216
Room 408 CHOB- Cannon House Office Building 25 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-2102

Residence: Worcester, MA
Elected: 1996    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: Lisa Murray   DOB: 11/20/1959
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Committee on Rules
ChairmanFriends of Switzerland
Co-ChairHouse Hunger Caucus
Co-ChairHome Health Caucus
ChairmanPeak Oil Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
Co-ChairMitochondrial Disease Caucus
Co-ChairConstitutional War Study Group
Co-ChairCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations
FC MemberAfrican Great Lakes Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Public Health Caucus
FC MemberHouse Central Africa Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wounded to Work Caucus
FC MemberGlobal AIDS Emergency Task Force
FC MemberAd Hoc Congressional Committee on Irish Affairs
FC MemberGeneric Drug Equity Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomass Caucus
FC MemberDemocratic Budget Group
FC MemberSustainable Development Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Robotics Caucus
FC MemberHouse NIH Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Burn Pits Caucus
FC MemberRevitalizing Older Cities Congressional Task Force
FC MemberVeterinary Medicine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Youth Sports
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Green Jobs
MemberHouse Committee on Agriculture
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Denmark
FC MemberAlbanian Issues Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Men's Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cranberry Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Childhood Obesity
FC MemberAhmadiyya Muslim Caucus
FC MemberOut of Afghanistan Caucus
FC MemberHouse Caucus on International Religious Freedom
FC MemberCongressional Community Pharmacy Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
FC MemberCongressional Bipartisan Task Force on Nonproliferation
FC MemberCongressional Shellfish Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pakistan Caucus
FC MemberAmericans Abroad Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Global Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Tobacco and Health
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Human Trafficking
FC MemberCongressional Soccer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Oral Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Skin Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Deaf Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Ireland Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Portuguese American Caucus
FC MemberNational Heritage Area Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rock and Roll Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Public Transportation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Full Employment Caucus
FC MemberTextile Caucus
FC MemberInternational Workers Rights Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional School Health and Safety Caucus
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Library of Congress Caucus
FC MemberCongressional National Parks Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Dairy Farmers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberHouse Trails Caucus
FC MemberHouse Oceans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Research and Development Caucus
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Coastal Caucus
FC MemberHouse Trade Working Group [HTWG]
FC MemberCrohn's and Colitis Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Victims' Rights Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Brain Injury Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Primary Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus


Congressman Jim McGovern was born in Worcester on November 20, 1959 and grew up around the corner from his current home on Burncoat Street. Growing up in Worcester taught Jim a lot about the value of hard work and giving back to his community.

Jim helped stock shelves at McGovern's Package Store, a small business owned by his family since 1937. He attended Burncoat Elementary School and then Worcester Academy. By seventh grade, Jim knew he wanted to make a difference. He volunteered on the 1972 presidential campaign of Senator George McGovern (D-SD) - no relation - and held signs and knocked doors for the Senator's anti-war campaign.

Later, he managed Senator McGovern's second presidential campaign in Massachusetts, delivering his 1984 nominating speech during the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco.

Jim attended The American University in Washington, D.C. where he earned both his bachelor's degree in History ('81) and his Master's Degree in Public Administration ('84). He worked his way through college as an intern in the office of Senator George McGovern. Jim worked for Massachusetts Congressman John Joseph Moakley (D-South Boston) from 1982 until 1996, serving as a staff assistant, press secretary, and legislative director.

In 1989, Congressman Moakley asked Jim to be the lead staffer in the investigation of the murders of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador. He exposed that the murders were committed by the U.S. - backed Salvadoran military, leading to a major shift in U.S. foreign policy. After Jim's discovery, future military aid from the U.S. was contingent on improved human rights and a negotiated peace in El Salvador. It was while working in Moakley's office that Jim met his wife, Lisa Murray McGovern, who was an aide to Congressman Gerry Studds (D-MA). The McGoverns married in 1989 and have two children, Patrick and Molly.

Jim was elected to the House of Representatives in 1996, and through his work in Washington and at home in Massachusetts, he has been a voice for the most vulnerable and a strong advocate for working families. In 2001, Jim was appointed to a seat on the powerful House Rules Committee, "the traffic cop of Congress" which sets the terms for debate on most legislation.

During his time in Congress, Jim's top priority has always been his constituents back home. He has been an advocate for making college more affordable, and authored a bill to increase Pell Grant funding. To protect open space for future generations to enjoy and enhance recreational community spaces in urban and suburban neighborhoods, Jim successfully fought to defend the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which provides grants to preserve open space.

Jim authored legislation to give tax credits to employers who pay the salaries of National Guard members and Reservists called to active duty. And when the Supreme Court handed down its flawed Citizen's United decision to allow unlimited amounts of money in politics, Jim introduced several Constitutional Amendments to overturn the court's decision.

Jim is co-chair of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, which investigates international human rights abuses and recommends how the U.S. should foster respect for democratic values abroad. In this role, he has held a spotlight to egregious international human rights violations that would have otherwise have gone largely unnoticed. In 2012, Jim authored 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 bill was passed by the Senate later that year and signed into law by President Obama.

As a leading advocate in Congress for peace, Jim has repeatedly called attention to the lack of Congressional oversight and approval of America's wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Throughout his career, Jim has been a voice for reallocating defense spending towards domestic priorities like education, infrastructure, and supporting our veterans and seniors.

One of Jim's greatest passions is ending hunger at home and abroad. He is the founder and co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus and Ranking Member on the House Subcommittee on Nutrition, where he advocates tirelessly for funding programs that help working families, children, and the elderly put food on the table when times are tough. He also authored the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program to provide school-based meals for millions of children in some of the world's poorest countries.

Jim's work on behalf of Massachusetts and the nation has a proven record of success and he is proud to represent Massachusetts' Second Congressional District in Washington, D.C.

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