CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Longtime Democratic Congressman James McGovern has held the position in the 2nd Congressional District since 1997 and will be continuing onto his 14th term.

Incumbent democratic congressman Mcgovern has been declared the winner over his republican opponent Jeffry Sossa-Paquette. This will mark McGovern’s 14th term in Congress having served the 2nd district of Massachusetts since 1996.

McGovern has placed a high level of importance on the protection of democracy throughout his campaign. In his time serving the 2nd congressional district he’s reiterated his commitment to communicating directly with each community he serves. He is also the chairman of the house rules committee, a position he will lose if republicans take control of the House.

“This is about what we believe in, this is about our values and I believe we represent the values that most people in this country actually share, certainly I believe that most people in Massachusetts share,” said McGovern.

Sossa-Paquette is a businessman who currently runs a childcare center. He ran on putting America first and focusing attention on the justice system & education reforms.

Both candidates had been campaigning throughout the district Tuesday, meeting with supporters as voters headed to the polls.

22News is covering several races across the Commonwealth Tuesday night. Watch live at 10 p.m. on The CW Springfield and 11 p.m. on 22News for live election results.