Major turnover is expected on the House committees that set the nation’s science policy agenda. Many newly elected Republicans will be joining the committees with jurisdiction over research and education. Democrats have not yet announced their committee rosters.
Eight of 22 Republican members on the Science, Space and Technology Committee will be freshmen Representatives. The new members are Representatives Brian Babin (R-TX), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Steve Knight (R-CA), John Moolenaar (R-MI), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Gary Palmer (R-AL), and Bruce Westerman (R-AZ). Departing committee members include Paul Broun (R-GA), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Chris Collins (R-NY), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ralph Hall (R-TX), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), David Schweikert (R-AZ), and Steve Stockman (R-TX). Most of these members opted for a new committee assignment in the new Congress. Notably, Lummis and Bucshon chaired subcommittees in the 113th Congress; the new subcommittee chairs have not yet been named.
The House Appropriations Committee will have at least four new members: Representatives Evan Jenkins (R-WV), David Jolly (R-FL), Scott Rigell (R-VA), and David Young (R-IA). Jenkins and Young are both new to Congress.
Eight new members will join the Agriculture Committee, and one, Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN), is a returning member of Congress. The others were recently elected to their first term: Representatives Ralph Abraham (R-LA), Rick Allen (R-GA), Mike Bost (R-IL), Tom Emmer (R-MN), John Moolenaar (R-MI), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and David Rouzer (R-NC).
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