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United States House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

United States House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

The Committee on Science, Space and Technology is a committee of the United States House of Representatives. It has jurisdiction over non-defense federal scientific research and development. More specifically, the committee has complete jurisdiction over the following federal agencies: NASA, NSF, NIST, and the OSTP. The Committee also has authority over R&D activities at the Department of Energy, the EPA, FAA, NOAA, the DOT, the NWS, the DHS and the U.S. Fire Administration.[1]

Contents
1 History
2 Members, 116th Congress
3 Historical membership rosters
3.1 115th Congress
4 Subcommittees
5 Committee chairs, 1959-present
6 See also
7 References
8 External links
History
In the wake of the Soviet Sputnik program in the late 1950s, Congress created the Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration in 1958, chaired by majority leader John William McCormack. This select committee drafted the National Aeronautics and Space Act that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). A staff report of the committee, the Space Handbook: Astronautics and its Applications, provided non-technical information about spaceflight to U.S. policy makers.[2]

The committee also chartered the permanent House Committee on Science and Astronautics, which officially began on January 3, 1959, and was the first new standing committee established in the House since 1946. The name was changed in 1974 to the House Committee on Science and Technology. The name was changed again in 1987 to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. After the Republican Party gained a majority in Congress in 1994, the name of the committee was changed to the House Committee on Science. With the return of control to the Democrats in 2007, the committee’s name was changed back to the House Committee on Science and Technology.

In the 112th Congress, Committee Chairman Ralph Hall added “Space” back into the committee’s name: “The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology” – a nod to the committee’s history, broad jurisdiction, and the importance of space exploration in maintaining American innovation and competitiveness.[3]

On December 1, 2016, the committee’s Twitter account posted a link to an article on Breitbart which argued that climate change was the result of natural weather processes.[4] The tweet was criticized by members of the scientific community on Twitter for promoting an unscientific and misleading article.[5] The Committee’s Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson also criticized the tweet, writing, “False news & false facts put us all in danger.”[6]

Members, 116th Congress
Majority Minority
Eddie Bernice Johnson, Texas, Chair
Zoe Lofgren, California
Dan Lipinski, Illinois
Suzanne Bonamici, Oregon
Ami Bera, California, Vice Chair
Conor Lamb, Pennsylvania
Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Texas
Haley Stevens, Michigan
Kendra Horn, Oklahoma
Mikie Sherrill, New Jersey
Brad Sherman, California
Steve Cohen, Tennessee
Jerry McNerney, California
Ed Perlmutter, Colorado
Paul Tonko, New York
Bill Foster, Illinois
Don Beyer, Virginia
Charlie Crist, Florida
Sean Casten, Illinois
Katie Hill, California
Ben McAdams, Utah
Jennifer Wexton, Virginia
Frank Lucas, Oklahoma, Ranking Member
Mo Brooks, Alabama
Bill Posey, Florida
Randy Weber, Texas
Brian Babin, Texas
Andy Biggs, Arizona
Roger Marshall, Kansas
Neal Dunn, Florida
Ralph Norman, South Carolina
Michael Cloud, Texas
Troy Balderson, Ohio
Pete Olson, Texas
Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio
Michael Waltz, Florida
Jim Baird, Indiana
Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington
Jenniffer González, Puerto Rico
Sources: H.Res. 24 (Chair), H.Res. 25 (Ranking Member), H.Res. 67 (D), H.Res. 68 (R), H.Res. 73 (D)

Historical membership rosters
115th Congress
Majority[7] Minority[8] Lamar Smith, Texas, Chair
Dana Rohrabacher, California
Frank Lucas, Oklahoma, Vice Chair
Mo Brooks, Alabama
Randy Hultgren, Illinois
Bill Posey, Florida
Thomas Massie, Kentucky
Jim Bridenstine, Oklahoma
Randy Weber, Texas
Steve Knight, California
Brian Babin, Texas
Barbara Comstock, Virginia
Gary Palmer, Alabama
Barry Loudermilk, Georgia
Ralph Abraham, Louisiana
Darin LaHood, Illinois
Daniel Webster, Florida
Jim Banks, Indiana
Andy Biggs, Arizona
Roger Marshall, Kansas
Neal Dunn, Florida
Clay Higgins, Louisiana
Ralph Norman, South Carolina
Eddie Bernice Johnson, Texas, Ranking Member
Zoe Lofgren, California
Dan Lipinski, Illinois
Suzanne Bonamici, Oregon
Ami Bera, California
Elizabeth Esty, Connecticut
Marc Veasey, Texas
Don Beyer, Virginia, Vice Ranking Member
Jacky Rosen, Nevada
Conor Lamb, Pennsylvania (from April 17, 2018)
Jerry McNerney, California
Ed Perlmutter, Colorado
Paul Tonko, New York
Bill Foster, Illinois
Mark Takano, California
Colleen Hanabusa, Hawaii
Charlie Crist, Florida
Subcommittees
There are five subcommittees in the 116th Congress.[9][10]

Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
Energy Conor Lamb (D-PA) Randy Weber (R-TX)
Environment Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (D-TX) Roger Marshall (R-KS)
Investigations and Oversight Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) Ralph Norman (R-SC)
Research and Technology Haley Stevens (D-MI) Jim Baird (R-IN)
Space and Aeronautics Kendra Horn (D-OK) Brian Babin (R-TX)
Committee chairs, 1959-present
Chairmen since 1959.[3]

Overton Brooks (LA), 1959–1961
George P. Miller (CA), 1961–1973
Olin E. Teague (TX), 1973–1978
Don Fuqua (FL), 1979–1987
Robert A. Roe (NJ), 1987–1991
George Brown, Jr. (CA), 1991–1995
Robert Smith Walker (PA), 1995–1997
Jim Sensenbrenner (WI), 1997–2001
Sherwood Boehlert (NY), 2001–2007
Bart Gordon (TN), 2007–2011
Ralph Hall (TX), 2011–2013
Lamar S. Smith (TX), 2013–2019
Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), 2019-present
See also
List of current United States House of Representatives committees
References
“History and Jurisdiction”. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
“Space Handbook: Astronautics and its Applications”. NASA.
“A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY” (PDF). United States Government. November 7, 2007.
Feltman, Rachel (December 1, 2016). “The House Committee on Science just tweeted a ‘science’ article from Breitbart”. Popular Science. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
“It’s likely Earth’s hottest year on record — and some people are talking about global cooling”. Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
McCausland, Phil (December 1, 2016). “House Science Committee Tweets Climate-Change Denying Breitbart Article, Debunked by Scientists”. NBC News. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
H.Res. 6, H.Res. 51
H.Res. 7, H.Res. 45, H.Res. 52, H.Res. 95
Subcommittee assignments
Bush, Daniel (January 14, 2015). “New leaders named for energy, enviro subcommittees”. Energy & Environment Daily. Environment & Energy Publishing. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
“Smith Announces Subcommittee Chairmen and Vice Chairmen for the 114th Congress”. Committee on Science, Space and Technology. January 13, 2015. Archived from the original on January 18, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
Science Committee Organizes Democratic Caucus for 116th Congress

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