Democrats Elect Johnson to Chair House Science Committee & Name Members


WASHINGTON (House Science Committee PR) — Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) was elected to serve as the thirteenth Chair of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee by the Democratic Caucus and confirmed on the House floor. Congresswoman Johnson is the first African-American and the first female Chair of the Science Committee.

Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) released the following statement.

“It is a great honor to be chosen to serve as the Chairwoman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

“I look forward to leading the Committee as we pursue a constructive legislative agenda that advances our nation’s research, development, and innovation enterprise and conducting oversight that will explore emerging science and technology issues and the impacts of the Administration’s science policies on the public and the nation as a whole. We must ensure that our tax dollars are being used effectively, the use of science by our agencies is being protected, and our public health and the environment are not being endangered.

“In my 26 years on this Committee, I have seen some of the best examples of what happens when we come together as lawmakers to work towards solutions. There is much work to be done. I hope that every Member appointed to this Committee will join with me to find solutions for the challenges of today and tomorrow.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the Democratic Members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

“It is a pleasure to welcome the new and returning Members to the Science, Space, and Technology Committee,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “I look forward to collaborating with all of them on an agenda that harnesses research and innovation to address the many challenges that this nation faces. There is much work to be done. I am excited to get started.”

The Democratic Committee Members are listed below:

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Chairwoman
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3)
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1)
Rep. Ami Bera (CA-7)
Rep. Conor Lamb (PA-17)
Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (TX-7)
Rep. Haley Stevens (MI-11)
Rep. Kendra Horn (OK-5)
Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11)
Rep. Brad Sherman (CA-30)
Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-9)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-7)
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20)
Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11)
Rep. Don Beyer (VA-8)
Rep. Charlie Crist (FL-13)
Rep. Sean Casten (IL-6)
Rep. Katie Hill (CA-25)
Rep. Ben McAdams (UT-4)
Rep. Jennifer Wexton (VA-10)

  • Jeff Smith

    I’d say that JSC is going to be fine.

  • windbourne

    While not hard science, Johnson at least has a nursing degree. So she has enough science to understand the importance of many science program. The GOP keep putting idiots in charge when they are in control.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    While I’m not saying it’s indicative of someone who will be qualified for the job, a nurse is someone who has a very visceral understanding of what it means to have a scientific understanding of something and not having a scientific understanding, and what it can all mean with respect to outcomes. I’ll take a nurse over a lawyer for the job.

  • Robert G. Oler

    TX 7 will be the one to watch…she beat an SLS supporter…

  • Saturn1300

    I guess that Fl has only one because it does not have many Democrats in Congress.

  • Saturn1300

    Not KSC.

  • ThomasLMatula

    No, he’s a New Yorker 😄

    As for Europa, just wait a while and another paper will come out saying the pressure actually makes life on Europa more likely 🙂

    Remember astronomers over life on Mars since the late 1800’s. It is how science works.

  • duheagle

    I’d take a randomly selected nurse over a randomly selected lawyer too. But this particular nurse has proven to be personally corrupt. She couldn’t seem to keep her hands out of even a fairly small cookie jar when it was placed in her charge. Now that she has a consequential committee chairmanship, opportunities for big league graft and corruption abound. Her track record doesn’t indicate any ability to resist that sort of temptation. Of course electing, and re-electing, known crooks to office, then putting them in important positions is pretty much SOP in the Democratic Party and the Congressional Black Caucus in particular.

  • Saturn1300

    LOL

  • ThomasLMatula

    For those interested here are the Republican members.

    https://republicans-science.house.gov/about/members

    Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL)
    Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL)
    Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX)
    Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)
    Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ)
    Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS)
    Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL)
    Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC)
    Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX)
    Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH)
    Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX)
    Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH)
    Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL)
    Rep. Jim Baird (R-IN)

    Given the background of the new Chair it is not surprising the focus will be on STEM education, climate change and health issues. NIH should do very well.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Oh well …. I mean, no crooks came in from the Republican (Duke Cunningham) party right? Thanks for the link, I’ll read it.

  • windbourne

    thanx for that info.
    That sickens me to no end.
    I can easily imagine lawyers doing (how many constantly twist logic and lie in courts? Hell, Kavanaugh was an exercise in showing how much perjury one can get by with).
    But a Nurse?
    Disgusting.
    Sadly, Tx is LOADED with crooks.

  • ThomasLMatula

    No more than the other states have. Look at how many Congress critters in other states have gone to jail. But then why would someone spend millions of dollars to get a job that pays less that $200,000 if there wasn’t other income streams available 😄

  • duheagle

    I didn’t say there have never been any Republican crooks. But Cunningham did jail time. And Republicans who are actual crooks don’t attract coteries of defenders.

    Most Democrats in similar circumstances do attract such coteries and don’t serve any time – especially if they’re black. Alcee Hastings, for instance, was impeached and removed from the federal bench for tax evasion, but not jailed. Not long after, he ran for Congress as a Democrat and was elected. He’s still there.

    In big cities the Democratic Party has been in bed with ethnic organized crime for over a century. The erstwhile Jewish, Irish and Italian mobs have been replaced by Ukrainians, Russians, blacks and Hispanics but they all have portfolios of Democratic officeholders in their pockets.

    An alert and unbiased press would certainly note obvious personal fortunes way above what would be expectable on Congressional salaries. But we don’t have a press like that. We have one that carefully averts its eyes from Democratic corruption because most of the press is staffed by viciously partisan Democrats. Harry Reid was poor as a Latter-Day churchmouse when he entered politics. He was worth tens of millions by the time he retired and was never asked any inconvenient questions anent that by the mainstream press.

  • duheagle

    If you want to imagine that Justice Kavanaugh committed perjury, I certainly can’t stop you. Personally, I lean more toward imagining a weekend of erotic abandon with Carmen Electra, but whatever floats your boat. Both fantasies, alas, are equally lacking in reality.

    TX certainly has its share of elected crooks. Or maybe a bit less than it’s share given that fewer of its elected officials are Democrats these days. But the Democratic Party has had a severe endemic corruption problem for much of its existence. Democrats get indicted, convicted and jailed for their crimes much less frequently than Republicans do but still constitute a large majority of the political jailbird and ex-con population.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Cunningham had no defenders? Really? Look up what he did before being elected to the US Congress and understand what kind of local hero he was. And yes, people defended him all the way to conviction, and afterwards too.

  • Saturn1300

    At least 2 from Fl. I hope they attend. To Hear their 5 min. Have to listen to all the rest though. Still interesting on some subjects from all, if their staffs do a good job. I can not write the FL. members directly, but I hope Johnson passes my message on to them if I write 1 and all other members to read if they want to. But I may be labeled like Trump AAW. Circular file.

  • windbourne

    Lying.
    Ralphing is about spicy food?
    Going to a friend’s house to HAVE skis with others was about water skiing?
    Boofing was farting?
    Devil’s triangle . I seem to recall this was threesome, but not sure. But am sure it was not quarters or various ideas of it.

    The man out and out perjuried himself on this. He and I are same age, so slang was similar.
    Personally, I did not care about accusations of hitting up on girls. It was high school and when 1-2 girl is accusing, then it is he said/she said.

    But, there is absolutely no doubt that he perjuried about the slang, and what he did with Renata.

    As to Texas, loaded with criminals.

    https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5bb26190e4b027da00d61fcd

  • ThomasLMatula

    Here’s a good clip from it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSSSPVPB4zI

    BTW in my classes I use many articles and business bios so students get a sense of the real world of business versus the one they see in textbooks or the media. I also focus my classes on what I call community entrepreneurship having them work on businesses they might actually be part of, or start, instead of the MNC examples used in most business courses, like this one, focus on. Its on thing to focus on the textbook version of international trade and another to actually have a customs broker share their experience with the students.