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

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)
FC MemberCongressional Wounded to Work Caucus
Co-ChairTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Co-ChairMitochondrial Disease Caucus
FC MemberHouse Central Africa Caucus
Co-ChairConstitutional War Study Group
Co-ChairCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
Co-ChairVideo Game and Esports Caucus
FC MemberAfrican Great Lakes Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Public Health Caucus
FC MemberAd Hoc Congressional Committee on Irish Affairs
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Green Jobs
FC MemberGeneric Drug Equity Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations
FC MemberCongressional Burn Pits Caucus
Co-ChairJoint Congressional-Executive Commission on China
FC MemberAlbanian Issues Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Agriculture
FC MemberRevitalizing Older Cities Congressional Task Force
FC MemberDemocratic Budget Group
FC MemberSustainable Development Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Robotics Caucus
FC MemberOut of Afghanistan Caucus
FC MemberGlobal AIDS Emergency Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Childhood Obesity
FC MemberHouse NIH Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Rules and the Organization of the House
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Denmark
FC MemberCongressional Appalachian National Scenic Trail Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Expedited Procedures
Co-ChairNo War With Iran Caucus
FC MemberHouse Caucus on International Religious Freedom
FC MemberCongressional Community Pharmacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on International Exchange and Study
FC MemberCongressional International Basic Education Caucus
FC MemberVeterinary Medicine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomass Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus Religious Minorities in the Middle East
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
FC MemberCongressional Bipartisan Task Force on Nonproliferation
FC MemberCongressional Tourette Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Tobacco and Health
FC MemberCongressional Pakistan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shellfish Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Men's Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cranberry Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Public Transportation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Oral Health Caucus
FC MemberCentral America Caucus
FC MemberHouse Trails Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Global Health Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional School Health and Safety Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of the Irish National Caucus
FC MemberRock and Roll Caucus
FC MemberNational Heritage Area Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands
FC MemberCongressional Full Employment Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Skin Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Portuguese American Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Ireland Caucus
FC MemberHouse Trade Working Group [HTWG]
FC MemberTextile Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Human Trafficking
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Soccer Caucus
FC MemberInternational Workers' Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coastal Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Deaf Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Youth Sports
FC MemberHealthcare Innovation Caucus
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Research and Development Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Library of Congress Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberAmericans Abroad Caucus
FC MemberCongressional National Parks Caucus
FC MemberCongressional ALS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Planetary Science Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Maker Caucus (3D Printing Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
FC MemberMunicipal Finance Caucus
FC MemberFuture of Transportation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberUnexploded Ordnance (UXO)/Demining Caucus
FC MemberDairy Caucus
FC MemberCrohn's and Colitis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rural Broadband Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cut Flower Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Sexual Assault and Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberJob Corps Caucus
FC MemberCrime Survivors and Justice Caucus
FC MemberHouse Oceans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Primary Care Caucus
FC MemberInvisible Wounds Caucus
FC MemberAhmadiyya Muslim Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Independent Colleges Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Manufactured Housing Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus


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. First elected to Congress in 1996, Jim has fought tirelessly for the people of Massachusetts and has earned the respect and trust of his colleagues - including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who named him Chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee during the 116th Congress. He is a senior member of the House Committee on Agriculture's Subcommittee on Nutrition and Oversight. He also serves as the Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and is the Democratic Co-Chair of 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 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. It was also in Moakley's office that Jim 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 U.S. foreign policy that made future military aid contingent on improved human rights and a negotiated peace in El Salvador. Jim saw firsthand what strong, principled leadership looked like while working for Congressman Moakley. But with Newt Gingrich as Speaker, he also 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 this 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

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 1996    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Lisa Murray   DOB: 11/20/1959
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