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Rep. John W. Olver (D-Mass.)

District: 1st District
Political Highlights: Mass. House, 1969-73; Mass. Senate, 1973-91
Born: Sept. 3, 1936; Honesdale, Pa.
Residence: Amherst
Religion: Unspecified
Family: Wife, Rose Olver; one child
Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S. 1955; Tufts U., M.S. 1956; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. 1961
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1991 (10th full term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Energy-Water; Homeland Security; Transportation-HUD - Ranking Member)

Election History
2010generalJohn Olver (D) 128,01160.0
William Gunn (R) 74,41834.9
Michael Engel (I) 10,8805.1
2008generalJohn Olver (D) 215,69672.8
Nathan Bech (R) 80,06727.0
2006generalJohn Olver (D) 158,05776.4
William Szych (X) 48,57423.5
2004generalJohn Olver (D) 229,46599.0
2002generalJohn Olver (D) 137,84167.6
Matthew Kinnaman (R) 66,06132.4
2000generalJohn Olver (D) 169,37568.2
Pete Abair (R) 73,58029.7
Robert Potvin (I) 5,1572.1
1998generalJohn Olver (D) 121,86371.7
Gregory Morgan (R) 48,05528.3
1996generalJohn Olver (D) 129,23252.7
Jane Swift (R) 115,80147.2
1994generalJohn Olver (D) 150,04799.4
1992generalJohn Olver (D) 135,04951.5
Patrick Larkin (R) 113,82843.4
Louis Godena (PJJ) 7,1622.7
Dennis Kelly (PDR) 4,3551.7
Jeffrey Rebello (FFL) 1,5980.6
1991specialJohn Olver (D) 70,02249.6
Dennis Kelly (PDR) 8800.6
Roll Call Vitals


Massachusetts is 20th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Rep. John W. Olver has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most appearances so far this year.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.