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McGovern heading back to House

  • U.S. Rep. James McGovern. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO/Carol Lollis



Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 07, 2018

NORTHAMPTON — U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, reacted to the takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives by the Democratic party with optimism and talk of bipartisanship.

“It means most likely that I’ll be the chairman of the Rules Committee,” said McGovern. “I’ll be able to be an even stronger voice (for the district).”

McGovern noted that his mentor and former boss, the late U.S. Rep. Joe Moakley, was also once chairman of the rules committee.

McGovern said that he hopes he can set a different tone in the House, and run the committee in a more open way than his Republican counterparts.

“I want to be more accommodating,” he said.

He said he wants to see both Democratic and Republican ideas make it to the floor of the House.

“Even ideas I disagree with,” he said. “We’ve got to respect every member of the house.”

On the prospect of dealing with a Republican-controlled Senate, McGovern said that he hopes that common ground can be found on policies across the aisle whether it be on immigration, climate change or passing a farm bill.

“You don’t have to agree on everything to agree on something,” he said.

With Tuesday night’s election results, McGovern said that the House would provide “appropriate oversight” of President Donald Trump. He also asserted that, because of redistricting, Democrats should not have even been in the game for control of the House.

“A lot of Republicans are saying, we want a check here,” he said, noting the loss of longtime Texas U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions.

On being re-elected to his 12th term, McGovern characterized serving in congress as the “greatest privilege of my lifetime.”

“I’m humbled by this,” he said. “I’m really grateful to the people of this district.”

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.