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U.S. Representative

James McGovern (D)

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MA-02
Positions
Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Budget, House Committee on Rules
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: N/a

Incumbent running: Yes, for a different seat

2012 candidates for MA-02

Confirmed: James McGovern
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for MA-02)
On the Web
Official website


James P. McGovern has been a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 3rd District of Massachusetts, since January 1997.


Contents

Oath Of Office Violations

Support For Gun Control

  • Cosponsored H.R. 1312 Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005 (4/28/2005)
  • Cosponsored H.R. 1022 Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007 (3/13/2007)

A WELL-REGULATED MILITIA, BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. -2nd Amendment to the united States Constitution

What is the militia? According to the U.S. Code: Title 10, Subtitle A, Part I, Chapter 13, Sec. 311.

Militia: composition and classes

(a)The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

(b) The classes of the militia are – the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

Who are “the people” of the 2nd Amendment?

“The people” means individuals.

The Bill of Rights recognized three entities which are to be governed and united under the Constitution.

First, there is the United States which refers to the federal government.

Second, there is the states which refers initially to the first thirteen and now to the fifty state governments.

Finally, there is the people which refers to individual citizens, not the federal or state governments.

It is “the right of the people to peaceably assemble.” It is “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.” It is “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects.” And other unmentioned rights are to be “retained by the people.”

What does infringed mean? To encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another person.

Oath of office: As required by Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution, Members of Congress shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support the Constitution. Representatives, delegates, and the resident commissioner all take the oath of office on the first day of the new Congress, immediately after the House has elected its Speaker. The Speaker of the House administers the oath of office as follows:

"I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."


Voting record

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 95 - 19/20 100 - 20/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 50 - 10/20 not avail.


Abortion

McGovern is a pro-choice representive. He is endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America. Throughout his congressional career, he has strongly supported the interests of Planned Parenthood. [1]

Environmental issues

McGovern strongly supports conservation efforts and is endorsed by the Sierra Club. [2].

Gun issues

McGovern has promoted the interests of several gun violence prevention groups. He recieved a grade of "F" from the National Rifle Association. [3].

Foreign policy

McGovern recieved a grade of "A" from Citizens for Global Solutions and supports the group Peace Action. [4].

Iraq War

McGovern voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

On the floor of the House of Representatives, McGovern gave his view on the war in Iraq and President Bush's plan for troop escalation in Iraq. He stated "Mr. Speaker, I oppose the escalation of U.S. forces in Iraq and I strongly oppose this war. We had no basis or justification or right to invade Iraq. It was a mistake." [5].

Bio

McGovern was born November 20, 1959 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was educated at American University in Washington, D. C., and 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.

Congressional career

McGovern is a member of the House Progressive Caucus, and is the author of a resolution to end funding for the Iraq War.

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest McGovern’s seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [6]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
American Assn for Justice$ 10,000
Berkshire Hathaway$ 10,000
CSX Corp$ 10,000
General Mills$ 10,000
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union$ 10,000
Norfolk Southern$ 10,000
PAC for a Level Playing Field$ 10,000
Raytheon Co$ 10,000
Union Pacific Corp$ 10,000
EMC Corp$ 8,600
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for James McGovern
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on James McGovern. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC office
  • 438 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-6101 Fax: 202-225-5759
    Webform email
District offices
  • 8 North Main Street, Suite 200, Attleboro, MA 02703
    Ph: 508-431-8025 Fax: (none entered)
  • 218 South Main Street, Room 204, Fall River, MA 02721
    Ph: 508-677-0140 Fax: (none entered)
  • 255 Main Street, Room 104, Marlborough, MA 01752
    Ph: 508-460-9292 Fax: (none entered)
  • 34 Mechanic Street, Worcester, MA 01608
    Ph: 508-831-7356 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
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