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Jim McGovern

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 3rd district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1997
Preceded by Peter Blute

Born November 20, 1959 (1959-11-20) (age 50)
Worcester, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lisa McGovern
Residence Worcester, Massachusetts
Alma mater American University
Occupation Congressman
Religion Roman Catholic

James P. "Jim" McGovern (born November 20, 1959), an American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since January 3, 1997, representing the 3rd District of Massachusetts. He has been ranked as one of the most liberal members of Congress.[1]


Early life

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, McGovern graduated from Worcester Academy and earned a Masters of Public Administration at American University in Washington, D. C.. He was a staff member for Senator George McGovern of South Dakota (to whom he is not related) and for Representative Joe Moakley before entering the House. In 1989, McGovern was appointed by Congressman Moakley to lead an investigation into the murder of several missionaries in El Salvador. In 1995, he served as an alternate member of the Interagency Council on Women.

Congressional record

McGovern is currently a Democratic whip for the New England region. His current committee assignments are as follows:


Domestic policy

McGovern supported the Obama Administration's 2009 stimulus package. Responding to Republican criticism of Democratic budgetary priorities, he chided the GOP for running up the national debt under George W. Bush, saying: "It is somewhat ironic that the very people who drove this economy into a ditch are now complaining about the size of the tow truck."[2]

McGovern supports comprehensive immigration reform.

Foreign policy

On May 9, 2007, McGovern introduced H.R. 2237[3] to the House: "To provide for the redeployment of United States Armed Forces and defense contractors from Iraq." The bill failed with a vote of 255 to 171. Had it been enacted into law, it would have forced President George W. Bush to end the Iraq War.

McGovern has been a prominent voice against the Islamist governments of Sudan for its prosecution of the war in Darfur. He has been arrested twice during protests outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington D.C. On April 28, 2006, he was one of five members of Congress arrested while protesting atrocities in the Darfur region.[4] Also arrested were U.S. Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Jim Moran (D-Virginia), Rep. John Olver (D-Massachusetts), and Tom Lantos (D-California). McGovern was arrested again at the Sudanese embassy on April 27, 2009, this time accompanied by Reps. [5]

In April 2007, he called for the United States and other countries to boycott the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China to protest the Chinese government's support of the Sudanese government and, by extension, the genocide in Darfur.[6]

On March 25, 2008, the Wall Street Journal published an unsigned editorial insinuating that McGovern supported the Marxist FARC rebels in Colombia. The editorial accused McGovern of making "an ardent effort to do business directly with the FARC."[7] The Journal's sole evidence was that McGovern had met with an intermediary whose letters mentioning McGovern were found on the computer of a killed FARC leader.

In response, McGovern said that his concern was to help win the release of hostages held by the FARC, as requested by several families of Americans held by the FARC. [8] He said that he had no sympathy for the rebels or for their hostage-taking.

On February 13, 2009, McGovern offered a resolution on the subject of the trial of the Iranian Bahá'í leadership co-sponsored by seven others in H. RES. 175 - "Condemning the Government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of its Baha'i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights" which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.[9] The situation has gathered international attention including defense of Nobel Laureate attorney Shirin Ebadi in June[10] after she received threats in April warning her against making speeches abroad, and defending Iran's minority Baha'i community[11] - see Arrest of Bahá'í leaders.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Peter I. Blute
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 1997 – present


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