A leading progressive champion
Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02) is a long-time progressive leader in Congress, and is widely-respected as a champion for food security, human rights, campaign finance reform, social justice, and peace. He has written legislation to increase Pell Grant funding, fund the preservation of open space in urban and suburban areas, and led the effort to fight against hunger at home and abroad. He serves as Chair of the House Rules Committee and is a member of the House Agriculture Committee.
A critical voice in Congress for reform
McGovern is one of the first sitting committee chairmen to reject donations from corporate PACs. McGovern announced his pledge in a town hall meeting in Northampton in early 2019 alongside ECU’s president, Tiffany Muller. In a CNN op-ed announcing his decision, McGovern wrote, “A government of the people and for the people should be funded by the people. Try as they may, Republicans will never succeed in convincing Americans that corporations are people.” In 2013, McGovern sponsored and introduced a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United.
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