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 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1997 to 2012.
Read our 2020 Report Card for McGovern.
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 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 3, 2017 to Jun 17, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
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James “Jim” McGovern sits on the following committees:
McGovern was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 4331 (116th): Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2019
- H.R. 1872 (115th): Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2018
- H.R. 3105 (115th): Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act
- H.R. 4405 (112th): Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012
- H.R. 4017 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 43 Maple Avenue in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, as the “Ann Marie Blute Post Office”.
- H.R. 2478 (111th): Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009
- H.R. 6874 (110th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 156 Taunton Avenue in Seekonk, Massachusetts, as the “Lance Corporal Eric Paul Valdepenas Post Office ...
Does 11 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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).
McGovern sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of McGovern’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 473: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 256) to repeal the Authorization for ...
- H.R. 3837: To reduce and eliminate threats posed by nuclear weapons to the United States, ...
- H.R. 3783: To provide for the coverage of medically necessary food and vitamins and individual ...
- H.R. 3348: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to allow payments under ...
- H.Res. 409: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3233) to establish the National Commission ...
- H.R. 3111: Grandfamily Housing Act of 2021
- H.R. 2495: For the relief of Irida Kakhtiranova.
From Jan 1997 to Jun 2021, McGovern missed 234 of 15,834 roll call votes, which is 1.5%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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