Born in Worcester and first elected in 1996, James McGovern is now serving his seventh term as Representative of Massachusetts’s Third Congressional District. He is the Vice Chair of the House Rules Committee which sets terms for debate and amendments on legislation, and a member of the House Budget Committee which enabled him to secure millions of dollars for Central and Southeastern MA. In addition, McGovern is co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Committee and the House Hunger Caucus – two issues that have long been priorities to him.
In his term he has been devoted to local and regional projects, small businesses, public safety, regional and mass transportation projects, and affordable housing. Under his leadership, McGovern has delivered millions of dollars for these issues. Specifically he has successfully saved Worcester and Fall River police jobs, brought $2.8 million to transit authorities in greater Attleboro and Southeastern MA for new buses and repairs, and brought $1 million to Medway and Ashland for traffic improvements.
As Congressman he has passed important legislation which increased Pell grant funding and allowed more students to have access to higher education. He also gave tax credits to employers who paid the salaries of those employees serving in the National Guard or the Reserves. Having long been a promoter of healthcare reform, McGovern worked to passed legislature, which decreased the cost of healthcare and increased the opportunities for elderly and terminally ill patients to be cared for in their homes.
McGovern has taken a prominent role in addressing hunger, both domestically and nationally, in the House. He expanded the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and the Child Nutrition Program. This bill, aiming to decrease child hunger and poverty rates, promotes nutritious school means in the world’s poorest countries.
Prior to being elected to Congress, McGovern worked as a senior aide to the late US Representative John Joseph Moakley (D- South Boston). McGovern attended American University where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters degree. He is married and has two children.
Make sure to check out his campaign website and get involved today to make sure McGovern gets re-elected in the Third District!
Representative McGovern has also been a long-time friend and supporter of the College Democrats of Massachusetts. Check out this YouTube video the Congressman recorded for us last spring when we collaborated on actions to try to stop the genocide in Darfur:
-Sophie Mettler-Grove, CDM Campaigns Director