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Jim McDermott's Biography

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Full Name:

James 'Jim' A. McDermott




Wife: Therese; 2 Children: Katherine, James

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Birth Place:

Chicago, IL

Home City:

Seattle, WA



Residency, Child Psychiatry, University of Washington Medical Center, 1966-1968

Residency, Adult Psychiatry, University of Illinois, 1964-1966

MD, Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine, University of Illinois, 1963

BS, Wheaton College, 1958

Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1988-present

Senator, Washington State Senate, 1975-1987

Candidate, Governor, State of Washington, 1980

Representative, Washington State House of Representatives, 1971-1972

Co-Chair, African Trade and Investment Caucus

Member, Congressional Arts Caucus

Member, Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus

Member, Congressional Fire Services Caucus

Member, Congressional Friends of Animals

Member, Congressional Human Rights Caucus

Founder/Former Co-chair, Congressional India and Indian Americans Caucus

Co-Founder/Co-Chair, Congressional Kidney Caucus

Member, Congressional Progressive Caucus

Founder/Chair, Congressional Task Force on International HIV/AIDS

Member, Congressional Urban Caucus

Member, Congressional Wine Caucus

Member, Democratic Homeland Security Task Force

Commissioner, Japan-United States Friendship Commission

Member, Minor League Baseball Caucus

Member, National Bipartisan Commission on Future of Medicare

Member, Rural Health Care Coalition

Former Member, Subcommittee on Health (Ways and Means)

Former Member, Subcommittee on Social Security

Former Member, Ways and Means Committee

Internship, Buffalo General Hospital, 1963-64

Regional Medical Officer, Kinshasa, Zaire, United States Foreign Service, 1987-1988

Member, Public Health Associates of Seattle, 1983-1986

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Washington Hospitals, 1970-1983

Consultant, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 1972-1983

Consultant, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Juvenile Rehabilitation, 1972-1979

Chief Psychiatrist, Seattle/King County Jail, 1978

Lieutenant Commander, Chief Psychiatrist, Long Beach Naval Station, United States Navy Medical Corps, 1968-1970

Residency in Child Psychiatry, University of Washington Hospitals, 1966-1968

Residency in Adult Psychiatry, University of Illinois Hospitals, 1964-1966

Member, Advisory Board, Childhaven

Member, Advisory Board, Tom C. Wales Foundation

Member, Advisory Board, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

National President, Americans for Democratic Action

Member, Board of Directors, Washington State China Relations Council

Founding Member, Emil Verban Society

Member, Honorary Board, Northwest AIDS Foundation

Member, Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

Member, Visiting Committee, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Member, Washington State Medical Association

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Recognition of Outstanding Leadership on the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, Coalition of AGOA Supporters, 2001

Recognition of Leadership and Commitment to Universal and Comprehensive Health Coverage for all Americans, Public Citizen, 2001

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2002

President's Award, Minority Executive Directors Coalition of King County, 2003

Ralph Bunche Peace and Justice Award, Washington State Bar Association, 2004

Sami Nasser Community Activism Award, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, San Diego Chapter, 2002

American Mental Health Counselors Award, 2003

Physicians for Social Responsibility Congressional Achievement Award, 2002

Distinguished House Defender, Healthy Communities Access Coalition, 2003

Service Award, Indian American Friendship Council, 2001

The Don Kazama Human Rights Award, Seattle Chapter, U.N. Association of U.S.A., 2001

Treasury Guardian, Taxpayers for Common Sense Action, 2004

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award for Community Service, University of Washington Medical School and Health Sciences Center, 2004

Outstanding Alumnus Award, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago Medical Alumni Association, 2000

Leadership in Justice in Government Award, HateFreeZone Campaign of WA.