Congressman John W. Olver has represented the 1st Congressional District since June 1991.
Congressman Olver is currently the only member from the Massachusetts delegation serving on the House Appropriations Committee. In 2005, his colleagues named him the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, HUD, Judiciary and District of Columbia. He was also named in 2005 to the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.
Since his appointment to the Appropriations Committee, Olver's chief objective has been to obtain funding for economic development projects at home that spur new business opportunities in central and western Massachusetts. Protecting the environment, increasing worker rights and benefits, expanding access to affordable health care, and improving education likewise are top priorities.
In his capacity as Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus, Olver also plays a critical role in the development and communication of policy issues.
Olver was born on September 3, 1936, in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Olver and his wife Rose, a psychology and women's and gender studies professor at Amherst College, have lived in Amherst since 1963. They have one daughter, Martha.
Olver earned his B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his M.A. from Tufts University, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prior to his tenure in the Massachusetts State House, Olver was a chemistry professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Congressman Olver is currently serving on the House Appropriations Committee.
In 2007, his colleagues named him the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and related agencies.In 2005 he was named to the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. In 2007 John Olver was named to the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee.
In his capacity as Senior Whip for the Democratic Caucus, Olver also plays a critical role in the development and communication of policy issues.
Olver's public service career began in 1969 in the Massachusetts State House representing a section of Hampshire County. Beginning in 1973, he served 18 years in the Massachusetts State Senate representing portions of Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, and Berkshire Counties.
Small businesses are the foundation of Massachusetts' economy. From local mom & pop stores to the wave of dot-com corporations, the Commonwealth continues to be a global leader in the development of technology while maintaining its rich manufacturing history. In 2002-2003, 98% of Massachusetts 173,896 employer businesses were classified as small businesses (less than 500 employees). Small business employment represented almost 50% of the state's total employment and the share of small business income totaled $18.8 billion1.
I hope that entrepreneurs, small business owners, as well as small business assistance providers will utilize the resource information that I have posted on this website. Various federal, state and local small business assistance programs that provide technical assistance and funding opportunities to small businesses and start-up companies are listed.
In addition to this Web site, I have economic development staffers in each of my district offices that provide referral services for entrepreneurs and existing small businesses interested in federal assistance and procurement opportunities.
Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)
Energy Bucks helps connect residents of Massachusetts to their local energy assistance programs. There are a number of programs in Massachusetts today that offer qualifying applicants fuel assistance, utility rate discounts, and energy efficiency services. In order to simplify the application process for these various programs, a group of the state's utility companies have joined forces with The Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to form the Energy Bucks program.
As the winter approaches, Americans are facing record-high energy prices. Congressman Olver strongly believes the government must help working families, persons with disabilities, and seniors reduce the heavy burden of high energy costs on their already strained budgets. LIHEAP is the primary federal program that provides assistance to help low-income families pay their energy bills. Joining other members of Congress, Olver recently urged the president to provide $900 million in additional LIHEAP funds as part of the supplemental emergency funding for the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
According to the Energy Information Administration, household expenditures on natural gas could be up by more than 71 percent and home heating fuel costs could be up 31 percent from last winter. In response to this looming crisis, Olver recently stressed, "LIHEAP is a vital safety net that reduces the percentage of income spent on residential energy costs, providing modest, but important relief. We need to make sure this winter that families don't have to make a choice between heating their homes and purchasing necessities like food or medicine."
In the 109th Congress, Congressman John W. Olver (D-MA) reintroduced House legislation to fight global warming. The Climate Stewardship Act would set a cap for heat-trapping pollution responsible for global warming, while creating a market-based system encouraging maximum technological innovation and profitable opportunities for companies to cut emissions.
Republican and Democratic House members sponsoring the Climate Stewardship Act stood together in the Capitol today alongside Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT), who reintroduced a companion measure today.
Olver announced the House bill together with Congressman Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) and other original cosponsors. Olver and Gilchrest introduced the bill in the 108th Congress and today committed to renewing their fight against global warming. Olver and Gilchrest are co-chairs of the Climate Change Caucus, a clearinghouse for information and a forum to build support for appropriate and pro-active environmental policy.
Olver said, "Now is the time for bold leadership at the federal level. The market-based emissions trading program envisioned in the Climate Stewardship Act is both feasible and effective. This bill takes advantage of American ingenuity and know-how. We must use available solutions, create new technology, and get to work."
The new measure would save money and encourage innovation through a flexible trading mechanism, allowing companies reducing emissions below required levels as well as companies achieving their caps ahead of schedule to bank or sell emission credits. Companies would also be able to acquire credits from other companies in order to comply with the law.
The Arctic Council released the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment which concluded that the Arctic is warming much faster than other areas of the world and that much of this change is linked to human-generated greenhouse gas emissions.
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As part of his work on the Appropriations Committee, Olver has funded multiple transportation projects, from airport safety improvements to bike trails to street reconstruction to construction of transportation centers.