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Biographical Profile for John W. Olver
Previous Candidate for Representative In Congress First District, Massachusetts
Age: 78
Party: Massachusetts Democratic Party
Phone: 413.532.7010
Address: 1333 West St.
Amherst, MA 01003
 
John W. Olver's positions and views on the issues:
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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.
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.
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.
Profession: (profession 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.
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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.
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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.
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