Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), a key supporter of federal funding for basic research, will retire at the end of 2014. Wolf has led the effort in recent years to sustain federal investments in critical research programs. He currently chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies.

Wolf was one of the creators of the National Academies commission that produced the “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” report, which sparked a national effort to strengthen U.S. research and education programs. Rep. Wolf is also responsible for the generation of a recent report by the National Science Foundation on best practices in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

In 2012, Congressman Wolf was a recipient of the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) Award. The award is given to recognize congressional leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing science policy and research. BESC is co-chaired by the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the Ecological Society of America.

The 17-term Representative has served his northern Virginia district since 1980. After retirement, Wolf plans to continue his involvement in advocacy in the areas of human rights and religious freedom.

 


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