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US House, District 2

Massachusetts has nine representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives. Each district, representing approximately 710,000 individuals, elects a representative to the House for a two-year term. Representatives are also called congressmen/congresswomen. The base salary for a member of Congress is $174,000.

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  • Tracy Lyn Lovvorn
    (Rep)

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    James P. McGovern
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What are the top two priorities for your constituents? How do you determine what the most important issues are for your constituents?

What specific steps do you plan to take to lower medical costs, improve outcomes, and strengthen access to quality medical care for all Americans? How would this be funded?

What would be your two top budget priorities as a member of Congress and why?

How can you, as a member of Congress, help guarantee full access to voting for all voting-age citizens?

What legislation would you propose to end systemic racism?

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Campaign Phone (508) 795-1998
Twitter @McGovernMA
Campaign Email info@jimmcgovern.com
Health: We must stop the spread of the Coronavirus and I support free access to COVID testing, treatment and vaccination. Economic: I supported the Heroes Act which among many vital provisions, extends unemployment benefits, including the additional $600 per week, and increases the minimum SNAP benefit. I also believe that we can’t just “go back to normal” after the pandemic. Normal is systemic racism. Normal is nearly 40 million hungry Americans. We need to do way, way better than normal.
I believe that health care is a right. Every American should have quality health care, regardless of ability to pay. Our current system is broken. I’ve heard from too many constituents who thought they had good health insurance, only to discover significant gaps when they got sick, leaving them with astronomical medical bills. I am a strong supporter of Medicare of All and, as Chairman of the House Rules Committee, I was proud to hold the first committee hearing on Medicare for All in 2019.
1. Medicare for All – All Americans, regardless of their ability to pay, should have access to high-quality care without worrying that it will bankrupt them and their families 2. Climate crisis – I’m proud to support the Green New Deal, which puts forward bold and aggressive – but achievable – steps to immediately combat the climate crisis. Not only will the Green New Deal protect our environment for generations to come but it will create countless new jobs in the clean energy sector.
I was proud to vote for H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act, named in honor of one of my heroes, which would restore key protections of the Voting Rights Act. The Heroes Act also provides more than $3 billion to ensure that all voters can safely cast their ballots this fall. This funding, combined with election assistance in other Coronavirus packages, enables expanded vote-by-mail and early voting, plus additional safety precautions for in-person voting on Election Day.
I voted for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, to address the crisis of racial profiling and police brutality, and am a cosponsor of legislation to create the first U.S. Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation to examine the effects of slavery, institutional racism, and discrimination against people of color. I also pledge to do my part to facilitate and encourage difficult and uncomfortable discussions about race so we can move closer to racial healing in this country.