Washington, D.C. —House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) has appointed Mississippi Congressman Steve Palazzo to head up the Subcommittee on Space, which oversees NASA. Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama will serve as vice chairman.
Palazzo represents Mississippi’s Fourth Congressional District, which includes NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center. Brooks represents Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District, home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Both facilities have leading roles in the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft.
“I am thrilled to be appointed Vice-Chairman on a committee that is so important to America and the Marshall Space Flight Center,” Brooks said in a statement. “As Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, I will work with Subcommittee Chairman Steven Palazzo (R-MS), NASA Administrator Bolden, and national and Alabama leaders to continue America’s exceptional space exploration and research legacy, and to ensure, as best as possible in a hostile budget environment, that NASA has the support and resources it requires.
“As the home of Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama’s Fifth District has played a central role in leading the United States, and the world, in space. The Tennessee Valley has some of the most dedicated engineers, scientists, and technology professionals in the nation, and I look forward to hearing from them about the issues they believe the Subcommittee should consider,” Brooks added.
Chairman Smith also announced the following lineup for committee and subcommittee leadership. Forty members serve on the full committee, including 22 Republicans and 18 Democrats.
- Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
- Vice-Chairman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.)
- Chairman Emeritus Ralph Hall (R-Texas)
Subcommittee on Energy
- Chairwoman Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.)
- Vice-Chairman Randy Weber (R-Texas)
Subcommittee on Environment
- Chairman Andy Harris (R-Md.)
- Vice-Chairman Chris Stewart (R-Utah)
Subcommittee on Research
- Chairman Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.)
- Vice-Chairman Steve Stockman (R-Texas)
Subcommittee on Technology
- Chairman Thomas Massie (R-Ky.)
- Vice-Chairman Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.)
Subcommittee on Oversight
- Chairman Paul Broun (R-Ga.)
- Vice-Chairman Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.)
“The Science Committee plays an exciting role in the discoveries of science, the exploration of space, and the application of new technologies,” Smith said in a statement. “The Committee oversees a $39 billion budget, more than 80% of which touches on research and development. Its purpose is to encourage the R&D that leads to new innovations and technological advancements, which will strengthen our economy and raise our standard of living.
“In the new Congress, the Science Committee will promote policies that support our nation’s space program, encourage energy independence, expand scientific education, fund basic research, and enhance the development of new technologies,” he added. “All of this work begins in the Subcommittees. I look forward to joining our Subcommittee chairpersons and all our members to advance policies that spur innovation, job creation and economic growth.”
The Science, Space, and Technology Committee has jurisdiction over programs at the following federal agencies: NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, FEMA, the U.S. Fire Administration, and United States Geological Survey.