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Rep. James “Jim” McGovern

Representative for Massachusetts’s 2nd District

pronounced jaymz // muh-GUV-ern

McGovern is the representative for Massachusetts’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. McGovern is next up for reelection in 2020.

He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1997 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for McGovern.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

McGovern is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills McGovern has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jun 18, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

James “Jim” McGovern sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

McGovern was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

McGovern sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (52%) Armed Forces and National Security (22%) Health (11%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%) Education (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of McGovern’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

McGovern voted Nay

McGovern voted Nay

McGovern voted No

McGovern voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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McGovern voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

McGovern voted No

McGovern voted Nay

McGovern voted Yea

McGovern voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Jun 2019, McGovern missed 229 of 15,075 roll call votes, which is 1.5%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: