|Name||John M. McHugh|
Watertown, New York , United States
|| September 29, 1948
Dec 12, 2008 03:42pm
Caucasian - Moderate - Moderate-to-Conservative - Anti Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Anti Environment - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti School Vouchers - Anti-Affirmative Action - Anti-Death Penalty - Anti-Gay Marriage - Pro Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Pro- gun - Pro-Life - Pro-Missile Defense - Pro-Social Security Privatization - Protectionist - Divorced - Catholic - Christian - Straight -
|Info||John M. McHugh was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 1992, as Northern New York's Congressman of the 24th district. In 2002, with his district redrawn as the 23rd and also gaining new territory in central New York, Rep. McHugh ran unopposed for re-election. |
During his five terms in office, Rep. McHugh has been a champion of fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, protecting Social Security and Medicare, providing stronger, better schools, and protecting America's farmers. He has also been a leader in the country's policy on national defense. He brings to the House of Representatives more than 30 years of demonstrated public service to Northern New York, including eight years as a State Senator.
In addition to lowering taxes, Rep. McHugh believes one of Congress' top priorities is to make our government less intrusive and more efficient. He has been on the front-line fighting to eliminate the marriage tax, the telephone tax, and the death tax. Since 1994, when Republicans took control of Congress as the majority party for the first time in 40 years, Rep. McHugh has helped set our Federal government in a new direction. For the first time in 30 years, we have had a balanced budget for four consecutive cycles. At the same time, with Rep. McHugh's support, Congress has maintained critical services, protected vital programs like Social Security and Medicare, and provided American taxpayers with the first meaningful tax relief since 1984.
As a result of his travels throughout his eleven-county Congressional District, Rep. McHugh knows that many individuals do not have access to health insurance, either because their employer does not offer a health care plan, they cannot afford premiums on an individual policy, or some other reason. Consequently, affordable and accessible health care for people residing in rural areas is a priority for Rep. McHugh. He firmly believes that any discussion of health care reform must include the issue of cost and whether the enactment of reforms adversely impacts individuals' pocketbooks and their ability to secure adequate health care coverage.
The Congressman has also been in the forefront in the fight to help farmers secure better prices for their crops. He has voted to extend crop insurance protections to specialty crop farmers, such as apple and onion growers. This effort ensures that farmers will have a better safety net in place to make it through the tough times that occur because of falling prices or extreme weather. Rep. McHugh is also pushing for a new "Value-Added Producer Package" that would help farmers and producer groups earn more by reaching up the agricultural marketing chain to capture more of the profits their product generates. The package is aimed at jump-starting agricultural enterprises by assisting cash-strapped producers to help them reap more of the profits themselves.
Rep. McHugh is recognized as a "Champion of Dairy Farmers" for his aggressive approach to forcing Congress to address the needs of dairy farmers. By rallying Members of Congress from across the country, Rep. McHugh was successful in enacting the Option 1-A pricing system, which provides higher payments to farmers for their milk. Also, despite facing major obstacles, Rep. McHugh has continued to fight in Congress to have New York State included in the Northeast Dairy Compact. As one of the original architects of the Compact, he has long believed that the entire dairy industry stands to benefit from the stable milk prices brought about by compacts of this nature. Everyone - from farmers to processors to consumers - has benefited from its existence.
Education is another one of Rep. McHugh's top priorities. He believes that a good educational foundation allows children to reach their full potential and lead responsible adult lives. As such, Rep. McHugh has been a strong supporter of a bill that would subsidize $25 billion in zero-interest school modernization bonds. Funds that would have gone to pay bond interest would be freed for other educational needs. Additionally, Rep. McHugh has voted to send education money directly to the classroom to provide stronger, better schools through local control.
Rep. McHugh began his public service career in 1971 in his hometown of Watertown, where he served for five years as a Confidential Assistant to the City Manager. Thereafter, he joined the staff of New York State Senator H. Douglas Barclay, where he served as Chief of Research and Liaison with local governments for nine years. Elected to succeed Senator Barclay in 1984, Rep. McHugh served four terms in the legislature's upper house. He was elected to Congress in 1992 and began his Congressional career on January 3, 1993. He was reelected to Congress in 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000 by margins in excess of 70 percent of the vote. In 2002, he was unopposed for re-election.
Congressman McHugh is a senior member of the Committees on Armed Services, Government Reform, and International Relations. The Committee on Armed Services oversees the Pentagon and America's defense policies. Rep. McHugh chairs the Committee's Subcommittee on Total Force, which oversees more than $70 billion in federal defense spending related to personnel issues and $15 billion in health benefits. Total Force is also responsible for reserve component integration, military education, POW/MIA, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation and quality of life programs. In addition, he serves on the Committee's Readiness Subcommittee that is responsible for military readiness, training, logistics and maintenance issues and programs. In addition, the subcommittee will be responsible for all military construction, installations and family housing issues, including the base closure process.
The Committee on Government Reform reviews, on a continuing basis, government activities at all levels with a view to determining their economy and efficiency. As a recognized authority on postal matters in light of his six years as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Postal Service, Rep. McHugh was appointed to serve as the chairman of the Committee's Special Panel on Postal Reform and Oversight in early 2003. He also currently serves on the Committee's Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources and its Energy Policy, Natural Resources, and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee. The Committee on International Relations is responsible for foreign policy issues, and Rep. McHugh sits on its Middle East and Central Asia Subcommittee. He is co-chairman of the bipartisan House of Representatives' Army Caucus and is a member of a variety of other Congressional caucuses and task forces focusing on health care, social security, agriculture and rural affairs, the environment, foreign trade, veterans, tourism, and senior citizens.
Rep. McHugh is a resident of Pierrepont Manor in Jefferson County, New York. Born on September 29, 1948, the Congressman was educated in Watertown public schools, graduating in 1966. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1970, and earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the State University's Nelson A. Rockefeller Graduate School of Public Affairs in 1977.