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Jim McDermott
Jim McDermott

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 7th district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 1989
Preceded by Mike Lowry
Succeeded by Incumbent

Born December 28, 1936 (1936-12-28) (age 70)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Spouse Therese Hansen
Profession Psychiatrist
Religion Episcopalian

James Adelbert "Jim" McDermott (born December 28, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois) is the current U.S. Representative for Washington's 7th congressional district. The 7th District includes most of Seattle and Vashon Island and portions of Shoreline, Tukwila, SeaTac, and Burien. Download high resolution version (554x700, 62 KB)Representative Jim McDermott (D-Seattle) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... For the capital city of the United States, see Washington, D.C.. For other uses, see Washington (disambiguation). ... The Seventh Congressional District of Washington encompasses all of Seattle and Vashon Island and portions of Shoreline, Tukwila, SeaTac, and Burien. ... Open seat redirects here. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Michael Edward Mike Lowry (born March 8, 1939) served as the twentieth governor of the U.S. state of Washington from 1993 to 1997. ... is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... An MRI scan of a human brain and head. ... This article is about the Episcopal Church in the United States. ... is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... The Seventh Congressional District of Washington encompasses all of Seattle and Vashon Island and portions of Shoreline, Tukwila, SeaTac, and Burien. ... Seattle redirects here. ... Vashon-Maury Island, usually known as Vashon Island, is Puget Sounds largest island south of Admiralty Inlet. ... Shoreline is a city located in King County, Washington, 15 miles (24 km) north of Downtown Seattle. ... Tukwila (pronounced ) is a city located in King County, Washington, about 6 miles south of Seattle. ... SeaTac is a city and outlying suburb of Seattle, located in the southern section of King County in Washington State. ... Three Tree Point in Burien at sunset. ...


McDermott is a member of the Democratic Party. He serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and is a member of the House Progressive Caucus. The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... The Committee on Ways and Means is a committee of the United States House of Representatives. ... The Progressive Caucus is a group currently (as of 2005) consisting of fifty-four members of the United States House of Representatives that work together for progressive issues. ...


McDermott was born in Chicago, Illinois. He was the first member of his family to attend college; he graduated from Wheaton College, Illinois, and then went to medical school, getting an M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 1963. After completing an internship from 1963-1964 at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, New York, a psychiatry residency from 1964-1966 at the University of Illinois Research and Educational Hospital (now called University of Illinois Hospital), and fellowship training in child psychiatry from 1966-1968 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, he served in the United States Navy Medical Corps as a psychiatrist in California during the Vietnam War [1] [1]. Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Wheaton College is a private, independent, evangelical Protestant, coeducational, liberal arts college located in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. Wheaton has an enrollment of approximately 2,400 undergraduate students. ... The Medicinæ Doctor or Doctor of Medicine (M.D. or D.M.) is a doctorate level degree held by medical doctors. ... The University of Illinois College of Medicine, part of the University of Illinois system, is the largest medical school in the United States, with over 2,600 students and trainees. ... The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. ... USN redirects here. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000...


He is married to Therese Hansen, an attorney, and has two grown children. [2]

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Political career

In 1970, McDermott made his first run for public office and was elected to the state legislature as a state representative from the 43rd district. In 1974, he ran for the state senate, and subsequently was re-elected three times, to successive four-year terms. In 1980, whilst still a state senator, McDermott defeated incumbent Dixy Lee Ray in the Democratic primary for Governor of Washington, but lost the general election to Republican John Spellman. This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... The Seventh Congressional District of Washington encompasses all of Seattle and Vashon Island and portions of Shoreline, Tukwila, SeaTac, and Burien. ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives President of the Senate Brad Owen, D since January 13, 1997 Speaker of the House of Representatives Frank Chopp, D since January 14, 2001 Members 147 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Washington State Capitol, Olympia... The Washington State Legislature meet at the Legislative Building in Olympia. ... The Washington State Senate passing the 2005 budget. ... Dixy Lee Ray Dixy Lee Ray (September 3, 1914- January 2, 1994) was the seventeenth governor of Washington State, U.S.A. and the first woman to hold that position (for one term, from 1977 until 1981). ... For other uses, see Primary. ... This is a list of governors of the U.S. state of Washington. ... This article needs to be wikified. ...


In 1987, McDermott left politics to become a Foreign Service medical officer based in Zaire, providing psychiatric services to Foreign Service, USAID, and Peace Corps personnel in sub-Saharan Africa. In 1988, when the 7th congressional district seat became open, he returned from Africa to run for the seat. In 2006, he was elected to the 110th Congress winning slightly less than eighty percent of the vote, easily winning against challenger Steve Beren. The United States Foreign Service represents the United States to the world. ... USAID logo The United States Agency for International Development (or USAID) is the U.S. government organization responsible for most non-military foreign aid. ... It has been suggested that Crisis corps be merged into this article or section. ... The Seventh Congressional District of Washington encompasses most of Seattle and Vashon Island and portions of Shoreline, Tukwila, SeaTac, and Burien. ... Steve Beren (b. ...


On August 22, 2007, McDermott was knighted by King Letsie III of Lesotho. This knighthood was given in recognition of McDermott's leadership on the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which helped improve Lesotho's economy.[2] For other uses, see Knight (disambiguation) or Knights (disambiguation). ... Letsie III (original name David Mohato Bereng Seeiso) (born July 17, 1963) is the king of Lesotho. ... In May 2000, the U.S. Congress approved legislation known as the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or . ...


Political views

McDermott, who is regarded as one of the House's most liberal members, has recently gained a degree of national prominence in the wake of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. A vocal opponent of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he appears in Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 discussing the aftermath of September 11. He endorses the Genocide Intervention Network. As a licensed physician, McDermott is particularly interested in health care issues. He has strongly advocated that the United States adopt a universal health care system. He has called for an investigation into the use of depleted uranium by the U.S. military. He is featured on Anti-Flag's 2006 album "For Blood And Empire" talking about the effects of depleted uranium on the song "Depleted Uranium Is a War Crime". Look up liberal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Liberal may refer to: Politics: Liberalism American liberalism, a political trend in the USA Political progressivism, a political ideology that is for change, often associated with liberal movements Liberty, the condition of being free from control or restrictions Liberal Party, members of... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... For other uses of the term, see Iraq war (disambiguation) The 2003 invasion of Iraq (also called the 2nd or 3rd Persian Gulf War) began on March 20, 2003, when forces belonging primarily to the United States and the United Kingdom invaded Iraq without the explicit backing of the United... Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American political-activist, a film director, author, social commentator, and political humorist. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Fahrenheit 9/11 is a controversial, award-winning documentary film by American left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore which presents a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush, the War on Terrorism, and its coverage in the American news media. ... The Genocide Intervention Network (or GI-Net) is a non-profit organization that envisions a world in which the global community is willing and able to protect civilians from genocidal violence. ... For other uses, see Doctor. ... Universal health care refers to government mandated programs intended to ensure that all citizens, and sometimes permanent residents, of a governmental region have access to most types of health care. ... Anti-Flag is an American political punk band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, consisting of four members: Justin Sane (lead guitar, lead vocals), Chris #2 (bass, vocals), Chris Head (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), and Pat Thetic (drums). ... For Blood and Empire is the seventh studio album by Anti-Flag. ... Depleted uranium storage yard. ... Depleted Uranium is a War Crime (4:07) is the thirteenth track off of For Blood and Empire (2006) by Anti-Flag. ...


McDermott also praised Anti-Flag for encouraging young people to register and vote leading up to the 2004 presidential elections. [3]. McDermott is often strongly involved in Congressional debates on gay rights. He was one of only 67 congressmen to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act. He also serves as National President of the liberal Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, is the commonly-used name of a federal law of the United States that is officially known as Pub. ... Americans For Democratic Action (ADA) was formed in January 1947, when Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kenneth Galbraith, Reinhold Niebuhr, Hubert Humphrey and 200 other activists. ...


McDermott, whose Congressional district is home to Boeing, has been cited by the New York Times as touring the Airbus plant. Airbus is Boeing's rival for the Air Force's Air Refueling Tanker contract.[4] The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA, TYO: 7661) is a major aerospace and defense corporation, originally founded by William Edward Boeing. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... This article is about the airliner manufacturer. ...


Controversies

Knighthood

On August 22, 2007 Rep. McDermott was knighted by the King of Lesotho http://www.house.gov/mcdermott/pr070907.shtml . Like the knighthood bestowed on General Colin Powell by Queen Elizabeth, the award was merely honorary and thus did not violate the constitutional prohibition against accepting foreign titles of nobility.


Recorded telephone conversations

In December of 2004, Rep. McDermott came under investigation by the House Ethics Committee when they had to determine whether he violated standards of conduct for leaking an illegally recorded telephone conversation during a committee investigation in 1997. At that time the committee was investigating the conduct of then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, often known simply as the Ethics Committee, is one of the committees of the United States House of Representatives. ... Newton Leroy Gingrich, (born June 17, 1943), served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. ...


The illegal telephone conversation was recorded by a Florida couple, John and Alice Martin, who overheard a conversation between Rep. Gingrich and top Republicans, on their police scanner inside their car. After listening to the conversation for several minutes they decided to record it, at first for posterity's sake and after listening further decided that it might be important for the Ethics Committee to hear. [5] This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ...


It was at that time that they delivered the tape to McDermott, the senior Democrat on the committee at that time, and who was in town for a swearing-in ceremony.


Shortly afterward, Congressman McDermott leaked the tape to several media outlets, including the New York Times. Rep. John Boehner, who was part of the Gingrich conversation, sued McDermott for illegally leaking the tape; U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan concluded that McDermott was behind the leak and ordered him to pay Boehner for "willfull and knowing misconduct" that "rises to the level of malice". John Andrew Boehner (pronounced Bay-Ner), born November 17, 1949, is an American politician of the Republican Party who served as House Majority Leader in the 109th Congress, and a U.S. Representative from Ohios 8th congressional district, which includes parts of the city of Dayton as well as... Chief Judge Thomas F. Hogan Chief Judge Thomas F. Hogan was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in August 1982 by Republican President Ronald Reagan and became Chief Judge on June 19, 2001. ...


McDermott challenged that ruling in a federal appeals court. But on March 29, 2006, the court ruled 2-1 that McDermott violated federal law when he turned over the illegally recorded tape to the New York Times and other media outlets. The court then ordered McDermott to pay for Boehner's legal costs (over $600,000) as well as $60K in damages. McDermott had argued that since he was not the one involved in the recording, "his actions were allowed under the First Amendment, and said a ruling against him would have "a huge chilling effect" on reporters and newsmakers alike. Lawyers for 18 news organizations — including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, The Associated Press, The New York Times and The Washington Post — filed a brief backing McDermott. [6] is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On June 26, 2006, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the earlier judgement, and decided to re-hear the case with all nine judges in September. [7] is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, or called simply the DC Circuit Court, is the federal appellate court for the U.S. district court in Washington, DC. Appeals from the DC Circuit, as with all the US Courts of Appeals, are heard by the...


On December 11, 2006, a report released by the House Ethics committee concluded that McDermott "violated ethics rules by giving reporters access to an illegally taped telephone call involving Republican leaders a decade ago." [8]. The report stated, "Rep. McDermott's secretive disclosures to the news media ... risked undermining the ethics process regarding" former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the committee said. It said McDermott's actions "were not consistent with the spirit of the committee."[9] is the 345th day of the year (346th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On July 6, 2007, McDermott announced he will ask the Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision that went in favor of House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) in the long-running legal battle between the two lawmakers. [10]


On December 3, 2007, the Supreme Court declined to review the decision of the appeals court. [11] is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Visit to Iraq in 2002

Rep. McDermott visited Iraq in 2002, prior to the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. He received sharp criticism from conservatives, both for his visit and for his prediction that President George W. Bush would "mislead the American public" to justify military action. During the run up to the Iraq war, McDermott insisted that no WMD would be found in Iraq. This article is about the 2003 invasion of Iraq. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ...


After his visit to Iraq, Rep. McDermott received a $5,000 contribution to an unrelated legal defense fund from Shakir al Khafaji, an Iraqi-American businessman with alleged ties to the Oil for Food scandal. McDermott returned the contribution in 2004 after it was questioned in the media. Aides asserted that McDermott had no prior knowledge of Khafaji's alleged connections to Iraqi oil money. Shakir al Khafaji (born 1955) is a Detroit-based Iraqi-American businessman involved in the United Nations Oil for Food scandal. ... The Oil-for-Food Programme was established by the United Nations in 1996 to allow Iraq to sell oil on the world market in exchange for food, medicine and the like. ...


McDermott's opponents frequently use the nickname "Baghdad Jim" to call attention to his controversial Iraq visit. His supporters point out that he correctly predicted that no WMD would be found in Iraq.


Pledge of Allegiance

After atheist Michael Newdow lost his case to have the phrase "Under God" dropped from the Pledge of Allegiance, Rep. McDermott, during his leading of the pledge on the floor of the House, left out the phrase. He later claimed that he had forgotten, as he was born in 1936, and the phrase not added until 1954 when he was 17. For information about the band, see Atheist (band). ... The Rev. ... The Pledge of Allegiance is a promise or oath of allegiance to the United States and the its national flag. ...


See also

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References

  1. ^ http://www.house.gov/mcdermott/biography.sthml Retrieved 2007-03-25
  2. ^ http://www.house.gov/mcdermott/biography.shtml Retrieved 2007-03-25

External links

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Succession

Preceded by
Mike Lowry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 7th congressional district

1989 – present
Incumbent
Persondata
NAME McDermott, Jim
ALTERNATIVE NAMES McDermott, James Adelbert
SHORT DESCRIPTION US Congressman
DATE OF BIRTH December 28, 1936
PLACE OF BIRTH Chicago, Illinois
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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Jim McDermott - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (821 words)
James Adelbert "Jim" McDermott (born 28 December 1936) is the current U.S. Representative for the Seventh Congressional District of Washington.
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