John W. Olver – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Previous Candidate for Representative In Congress First District, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Democratic Party
1333 West St.Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 532-7010
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Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

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

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

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.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Prior to his tenure in the Massachusetts State House, Olver was a chemistry professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Congressman John W. Olver has represented the 1st Congressional District since June 1991.

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.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

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.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

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.

Military (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, type and date of discharge)

None.

Environment
Environment, a General Statement

GLOBAL WARMING

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

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Global Warming, Climate Change

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

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Business
Business, a General Statement

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

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Small Business

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

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Energy, Gas, Oil & Autos
Energy, a General Statement

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

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

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

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Transportation
Transportation, a General Statement

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.

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

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