United States Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) announced on 18 February 2014 that he would retire at the end of his current term. Holt has served in the House of Representatives since 1998 and is one of a handful of scientists in Congress. Holt has a Ph.D. in Physics and is a former professor at Swarthmore College.
“There is no hidden motive for my decision,” Holt said in a statement. “As friends who have worked with me know, I have never thought that the primary purpose of my work was re-election and I have never intended to make service in the House my entire career. For a variety of reasons, personal and professional, all of them positive and optimistic, the end of this year seems to me to be the right time to step aside and ask the voters to select the next representative.”
Congressman Holt has championed research and science education. His is currently the sponsor of a resolution in recognition of Darwin Day, which celebrates the birthday and scientific accomplishments of Charles Darwin. In 2006, the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC), which is co-chaired by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, honored Holt during a congressional reception for his leadership on behalf of science.
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