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House Rules Committee meets over health care bill in Washington
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) attends a House Rules Committee in Washington on March 20, 2010. The Committee is expected to pass a rule that will incorporate the Senate health care bill into the House version before the House votes tomorrow on a final version of the bill. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn
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James Patrick "Jim" McGovern (born November 20, 1959) is the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district, serving since 1997. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, McGovern attended Worcester Academy and received a master's degree from American University in Washington, D.C.. While in college he worked as a congressional aide to Senator George McGovern, a two-time presidential candidate he campaigned for. From 1981 to 1996 he was a senior staff member for Representative Joe Moakley.

McGovern first ran for Congress in 1994, where he lost in the Democratic primary. He ran again in 1996, defeating Republican incumbent Peter Blute. He has since been re-elected six times, four of which he was unopposed. A focus of his career has been international human rights, which he has advocated for in countries such as El Salvador, Sudan, and Colombia. He is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and has been ranked as one of the most liberal members of Congress.

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