Committee assignments are coming into place in the new 111th Congress. Last week subcommittee selections were completed for the House Appropriations Committee. Those subcommittees that oversee appropriations that may affect biological science research include the following three:

The members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment , and Related Agencies are Chairman Norman Dicks (D-WA), James Moran (D-VA), Alan Mollohan (D-WV), Ben Chandler (D-KY), Maurice D. Hinchey (D-NY), John Olver (D-MA), Ed Pastor (D-AZ), David Price (D-NC), Dave Obey (D-WI), Ranking Member Mike Simpson (R-ID), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Steve LaTourette (R-OH), Tom Cole (R-OK), Jerry Lewis (R-CA).

The members for the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies are: Chairman Alan Mollohan (D-WV), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Michael Honda (D-CA), Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), C.A. Ruppersberger (D-MD), Adam Shiff (D-CA), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Peter Visclosky (D-IN), Ranking Member Frank Wolf (R-VA), Robert Alderholt (R-AL), Jo Bonner (R-AL), John Culberson (R-TX).

The members for the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies are: Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Allen Boyd (D-FL), Lincoln David (D-TN), Sam Farr (D-CA), Jess Jackson (D-IL), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Ranking Member Jack Kingston (R-GA), Rodney Alexander (R-LA), JoAnn Emerson (R-MI), Tom Latham (R-IA).

The following authorizing committees of the House of Representatives also have jurisdiction over aspects of science, environment, and health policy. The chairperson and ranking minority member for these committees are identified below.

  • Agriculture: Representative Tim Holden (D-PA) will chair and Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) will serve as Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research.

  • Energy and Commerce Committee: Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) will serve as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. The Subcommittee on Health will be lead by Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Nathan Deal (R-GA).

  • Natural Resources Committee: The Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Oceans will be chaired by Delegate Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) and Ranking Member Henry Brown (R-SC). The Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands will be lead by Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Ranking Member Rob Bishop (R-UT). California’s Representative Grace Napolitano (D) will chair the Subcommittee on Water and Power, with Washington’s Cathy McMorrie Rogers serving as the ranking Republican member of the subcommittee.

Science and Technology Committee: Tennessee’s Bart Gordon (D) retained his post as Chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) is the senior Republican on the Committee. The Subcommittee on Research and Science Education will be lead by Chairman Brian Baird (D-WA) and Ranking Member Vernon Ehlers (R-MI).


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