On 20 January 2011, the Republican members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology met to elect subcommittee chairman. The full committee will be chaired by Representative Ralph Hall (R-TX). Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) will serve as the ranking minority member.

“Issues before this Committee are critical to our nation’s competitiveness and our economy,” said Chairman Hall. “From energy technology R&D, math and science education programs, and nanotechnology to our nation’s space exploration program, we are going to be focusing on some issues that have far-ranging impact. I think we have an excellent team of subcommittee chairmen and I look forward to working with them, and all of our Members on both sides of the aisle, to advance important legislation this Congress.”

Subcommittee on Energy and Environment

In the 112th Congress, Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) will chair the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. Chairman Harris, a first-term member of Congress, is an anesthesiologist by training and represents the first district of Maryland, which includes the counties on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to his service on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Rep. Harris also serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure, and Natural Resources Committees.

“I feel that my background as a physician and service for the last 12 years on the Maryland State Senate Health, Education, and Environment Committee have prepared me for this role. As chairman, my focus will reflect the concerns of the residents of Maryland’s 1st Congressional District. I want to secure America’s energy future, enhance research on new and existing energy technologies and to look for environmentally safe methods of obtaining the energy that our economy needs to grow and create jobs,” said Harris.

Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) will serve as the lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment; Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA), who retired last year, had previously chaired the subcommittee. Other members of the panel include Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Frank Lucas (R-OK), Judy Biggert (R-IL), Todd Akin (R-MO), Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Paul Broun (R-GA), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Ben Luján (D-NM), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Jerry McNerney (D-CA).

Subcommittee on Research and Science Education

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), also a first-term member of Congress, was elected Chairman of the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education. Chairman Brooks represents northern Alabama’s fifth district and will also serve on the House Armed Services Committee. Brooks is a lawyer, and a former prosecutor and state legislator.

Brooks stated, “I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that America continues to lead the world in scientific achievement. Research and education are vital to the future of our country; highly trained scientists and researchers contribute to almost every area of American life.”

Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) will return as the top Democrat on the Research and Science Education Subcommittee. Members of the Subcommittee include Representatives Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Ben Quayle (R-AZ), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Andy Harris (R-MD), Hansen Clarke (D-MI), Paul Tonko (D-NY), John Sarbanes (D-MD), and Terri Sewell (D-AL).

Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation

Rep. Ben Quayle (R-AZ), another first-term member of Congress, was selected to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation. Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Quayle practiced law as a corporate lawyer in California, New York and Arizona. In addition to serving on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, he will also hold seats on the Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees.

“I am excited about serving on this important Committee and as chairman of the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation. House Republicans are focused on creating jobs, cutting spending and reducing burdensome government regulations. The Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation will play an important role in making sure these goals are being met,” said Quayle.

The Ranking Member of the subcommittee will be Rep. David Wu (D-OR), who chaired the panel in the last session of Congress. Members of the Subcommittee include Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX), Judy Biggert (R-IL), Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Scott Rigell (R-VA), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), and Ben Luján (D-NM).

Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) will serve as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics. A first-term member of Congress, Palazzo represents the fourth district of Mississippi and will also serve on the House Armed Services Committee.

“I am honored as a freshman member of Congress to serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics. South Mississippi is home to many NASA assets, but I will work with my colleagues from all NASA-impacted states to help shape the future of space policy,” said Palazzo.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who is currently recovering from a gunshot wound, will serve as the Ranking Member on the panel. In her absence, Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL) will serve as Ranking Member. Other members of the subcommittee include Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Frank Lucas (R-OK), Todd Akin (R-MO), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Sandy Adams (R-FL), Scott Rigell (R-VA), Mo Brooks (R-AL), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Jerry Costello (D-IL), Terri Sewell (D-AL), David Wu (D-OR), Donna Edwards (D-MD), and Frederica Wilson (D-FL).

Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight

Serving as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight will be Georgia’s Paul Broun. Rep. Broun was first elected to Congress in July 2007 and represents the tenth district of Georgia. Rep. Broun, a medical doctor by training, practiced general medicine prior to his service in Congress. In addition to his service on the science panel, he is a member of the House Homeland Security and Natural Resources Committees.

“I am honored to have been chosen to chair the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee and address the many critical matters that will come before this Subcommittee in the 112th Congress. I look forward to leading this Subcommittee as it performs its oversight responsibilities, which the American people deserve,” stated Broun.

The Ranking Member of the subcommittee will be Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD). Members of the Subcommittee include Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Sandy Adams (R-FL), Ben Quayle (R-AZ), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Mo Brooks (R-AL), Andy Harris (R-MD), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Brad Miller (D-NC), and Jerry McNerney (D-CA).

 


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