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Jim Greenwood

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 8th district
In office
January 5, 1993 – January 3, 2005
Preceded by Peter H. Kostmayer
Succeeded by Mike Fitzpatrick

Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 10th district
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 5, 1993
Preceded by Edward L. Howard
Succeeded by David Heckler

Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 143rd district
In office
January 4, 1981 – November 30, 1986
Preceded by Margaret H. George
Succeeded by David Heckler

Born May 4, 1951 (1951-05-04) (age 58)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Christina "Tina" Paugh Greenwood
Religion Presbyterian

James Charles "Jim" Greenwood (born May 4, 1951) is an American politician in the Republican Party. He represented Pennsylvania's Eighth Congressional District for six terms in the United States House of Representatives. Greenwood is currently the president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).


Personal life

Greenwood was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Holland, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Dickinson College with a B.A. in sociology in 1973 and served as an aide to state Representative John S. Renninger. From 1977 until 1980, he was a caseworker for the Bucks County Children and Youth Social Service Agency, working with abused and neglected children.

He and his wife, Tina, have three children.

Political career

Greenwood was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1980 as a Republican and the Pennsylvania Senate in 1986. In 1992, Greenwood defeated Democratic Congressman Peter H. Kostmayer for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Pennsylvania’s 8th district.

As a Rockefeller Republican with moderate-to-liberal views on social issues and conservative stances on taxes and economic issues, Greenwood's overall voting record was moderate. He was known as an effective legislator civil justice issues and securities fraud.[1] He voted against two of the four impeachment charges against President Bill Clinton in 1998, and sided with the House Democrats to oppose Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in 2003. He also served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and was Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. In this role, he led investigations and held hearings on a variety of issues within the vast jurisdiction of the Committee including corporate governance, bioterrorism, port and border security, drug importation, and the safety of nuclear power plants.

A co-founder and co-chair of the House Oceans Caucus, Greenwood was the author of comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to preserve, protect, and research ocean resources. He also worked to increase communication among world leaders to address international environmental issues. As a member of the Education and Workforce Committee, he was a leading voice in the efforts to ensure that sufficient federal funds were appropriated to meet the needs of children in special education programs and to prevent school violence.

In the spring of 2004, Congressman Greenwood was challenged by Pennsbury High School student Jeff Heinbach to justify his support for the Iraq War. [1]

Greenwood announced in the midst of the 2004 congressional election that he would not seek re-election and retire.[2] He had already won the 8th district's Republican primary, and his abrupt withdrawal raised many questions. Greenwood released a statement saying: "From time to time during my twenty four years of public service, I have been approached and offered other types of challenges and opportunities. Such has been the case in the last few days, and I am currently reviewing one of these opportunities. I will make my decision public in the very near future and will have no other statement until then."[2] Soon after announcing his withdrawal from the congressional race and retirement from Congress, Greenwood was appointed CEO of a Washington DC lobbying firm concerned with biotech.

After politics

Greenwood is currently the president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agriculture, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

Electoral history

Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district: Results 1992–2002[3]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1992 Peter H. Kostmayer 114,095 46% James C. Greenwood 129,593 52% William H. Magerman Magerman for Congress 5,850 2%
1994 John P. Murray 44,559 27% James C. Greenwood 110,499 66% Jay Russell Libertarian 7,925 5% Robert J. Cash Cash for Congress 4,191 3%
1996 John P. Murray 79,856 35% James C. Greenwood 133,749 59% Richard J. Piotrowski Libertarian 6,991 3% David A. Booth Constitutional 5,714 3% *
1998 Bill Tuthill 48,320 33% James C. Greenwood 93,697 63% Scott Wolfertz Constitutional 3,917 3% James R. Blair Reform 1,229 1% *
2000 Ronald L. Strouse 100,617 39% James C. Greenwood 154,090 59% Philip C. Holmen Reform 5,394 2%
2002 Timothy T. Reece 76,178 37% James C. Greenwood 127,475 63% *
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1996, write-ins received 12 votes. In 1998, Natural Law candidate Carolyn Boyce received 1,022 votes and write-ins received 15 votes. In 2002, write-ins received 34 votes.


External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Peter H. Kostmayer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Mike Fitzpatrick
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Edward L. Howard
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 10th District
Succeeded by
David Heckler
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
Margaret H. George
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 143rd District
Succeeded by
David Heckler


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