Aug. 31, 2014
Will retire at end of current term (announced Oct. 26, 2011)

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

  • District: 1st District, West -- Pittsfield, Leominster, Westfield, Amherst
  • Residence: Amherst
  • Born: September 3, 1936; Honesdale, Pa.
  • Religion: Unspecified
  • Family: Wife, Rose Olver; one child
  • Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S. 1955 (chemistry); Tufts U., M.S. 1956 (chemistry); Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. 1961 (chemistry)
  • Military Service: None
  • Political Highlights: Mass. House, 1969-73; Mass. Senate, 1973-91; U.S. House, 1991-2013
  • Elected: Elected: 1991 (10th full term)
  • Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Energy-Water; Homeland Security; Transportation-HUD - Ranking Member)
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State Information: 1st District, West -- Pittsfield, Leominster, Westfield, Amherst

Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2010 general John Olver (D) 128,011 60%
William Gunn (R) 74,418 34.9%
Michael Engel (I) 10,880 5.1%
2008 general John Olver (D) 215,696 72.8%
Nathan Bech (R) 80,067 27%
2006 general John Olver (D) 158,057 76.4%
William Szych (X) 48,574 23.5%
2004 general John Olver (D) 229,465 99%
2002 general John Olver (D) 137,841 67.6%
Matthew Kinnaman (R) 66,061 32.4%
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2008 Barack Obama: 64% John McCain: 33%
2004 John Kerry: 63% George W. Bush: 35%
2000 Al Gore: 56% George W. Bush: 33%