U.S. Representative for Massachusetts
James Patrick McGovern was born in November 1959 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He attended Worcester Academy. While in college, although he is not related to former Senator George McGovern, he began his political activities working for the senator’s presidential campaign, later working for him in Washington. He earned an undergraduate degree from American University, where he also received a Master of Public Administration. He joined the staff of a U.S. representative from Massachusetts.
His first bid for a congressional seat failed, but he was elected to the House of Representatives on his second try and assumed his seat in January 1997.
He is married to Lisa Murray and they have two children. He is a Roman Catholic.
In the News…
Lawmakers in the House unveiled a measure that would allow for a form of remote voting and virtual committee work as a way to ensure that they can proceed with legislative business while away from the Capitol during the coronavirus pandemic.
The proposed changes would allow proxy voting in which absent lawmakers could authorize colleagues physically present in the House chamber to cast floor votes on their behalf. Committees could conduct hearings, depositions and markups of legislation remotely. Minority partisans do not agree with the plan, particularly the proxy voting.
Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, the Chairman of the House Rules Committee, and House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren of California said in a joint statement that “while we could not come to an agreement [with the minority], we have incorporated several Republican ideas into this resolution.
“We will now move forward on these temporary emergency procedures to ensure the House can continue fully working for the people during this public health and economic emergency. The time has come to act—further delay is not an option.”
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The Honorable Jim McGovern
Representative for Massachusetts
408 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515