At a Glance
- Career History: Aide, Rep. Joseph Moakley (D-Mass.), Campaign staff, Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.), (1984); Aide, Sen. George McGovern, (1977-1980)
- Birthday: Nov. 20, 1959
- Hometown: Worcester, Mass.
- Alma Mater: American University, B.A. 1981; M.P.A., 1984
- Spouse: Lisa
- Religion: Catholic
- Committees: Rules ; Agriculture
- DC Office: 438 Cannon House Office Building, 202-225-6101
- State/District Office: Worcester, 508-831-7356; Attleboro, 508-431-8025; Marlborough, 508-460-9292; Fall River, 508-677-0140
Path To Power
McGovern was born in Worcester, Mass., in 1959 where his parents owned a liquor store.
As a seventh-grader, McGovern passed out anti-war literature for Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.), the 1972 Democratic nominee for president. While a student at American University, the younger McGovern interned on Capitol Hill for the senator.
As of August 2010, McGovern had voted with his party 97.9 percent of the time during the 111th Congress (2009-2011).
The co-chairman of the Congressional Hunger Center, McGovern has sought changes to foreign aid and hunger relief programs. He also proposed establishing a hunger czar position to address food issues at home and abroad. In 2007, McGovern took part in the Food Stamp Challenge, living on the average $21 in food-stamp benefits for a week.
During the 110th Congress, McGovern was the vice-chair of the House Rules Committee. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) is the committee's chairwoman.
In 2006, McGovern was the first prominent backer of Democrat Deval Patrick who eventually won the race for Massachusetts' governor.