Names Gordon as Lead Democrat on House Science Committee
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today announced that
she would nominate Congressman Bart Gordon of Tennessee to serve
as Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science.
I am pleased to submit Bart Gordons name to the Democratic
Steering Committee, Pelosi said. Bart has unparalleled
expertise and understanding of the issues before the Science Committee,
especially those relating to space and aeronautics. He will make
an outstanding Ranking Member, and future Chairman, of the committee.
first appointed to the Science Committee in 1985, and has been Ranking
Member of two subcommittees. He participated in the congressional
review of the Challenger space shuttle accident in 1986. And as
the Ranking Member of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, he
led congressional efforts to open up and widen the scope of the
investigation into the space shuttle Columbia tragedy last February.
He is also a leading proponent of a safe human space-flight program.
been a leader on cyber-security legislation designed to implement
policies and technologies to keep the government's computers from
being sabotaged or compromised.
Committee has jurisdiction over federal scientific research and
development at a number of agencies, including the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Energy, and National
Science Foundation. The committee also proposes ways in which research
and development can solve some of our nation's most pressing problems.
soon nominate a replacement for the new vacancy on the House Committee
on Energy and Commerce.