From ScienceRef.comOn Thursday, the Democratic caucus re-elected Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN) as Chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology for the 111th Congress. "I am honored and excited to continue our work at the Committee on Science and Technology. I am very proud of the progress we made in the 110th Congress. We enacted the America COMPETES Act, to maintain and regrow America's economic competitiveness by supporting education and innovation. We reauthorized NASA, reaffirming our commitment to a balanced, robust program of science, aeronautics, and human spaceflight and exploration. And our contributions to the Energy Independence and Security Act expanded research, development, and demonstration of energy technologies and promoted renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean coal technologies," said Gordon. "But there is much more work to be done, especially in light of our country's current economic problems. The major challenges facing our country--a foundering economy, a changing climate, a growing need for clean energy we produce at home--will be solved by science, technology, and American innovation. It's more important than ever that we are looking at how we can grow new sectors of the U.S. economy and ensure our long-term competitiveness."
Chairman Gordon was first elected Chair after Democrats gained the Majority in the 2006 elections. He joined the Committee as a freshman in the 99th Congress, and became Ranking Member in the 108th Congress.