House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Named Legislator of the Year
By Tawanda W. Johnson
APS recently celebrated U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi being named Legislator of the Year by the Task Force on American Innovation, a coalition of businesses, trade associations, scientific societies and higher education organizations that advocate for greater investments for basic research in the physical sciences and engineering. APS is a founding member of the Innovation Task Force.
“Nancy Pelosi was a champion of science research and education long before it was politically fashionable, and she left her indelible mark on the budgets Congress passed this year that contained unprecedented increases for science,” said Michael S. Lubell, Director of APS Public Affairs.
Craig Barrett, retired chairman of Intel Corp., presented the Speaker with the award during a reception at The Capitol Visitor Center. Attendees included U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-14th); U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon (TN-6th), chairman of the House Science & Technology Committee; and Norman Augustine, retired CEO and chairman of Lockheed Martin Corp. Barrett credited the Speaker with “artfully using her power, persuasion and pushiness” to achieve funding increases in the physical sciences and engineering. Specifically, he said Pelosi’s Innovation Agenda and support of the America COMPETES Bill and the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, among other initiatives, led to funding increases for science.
A staunch supporter of science, the Speaker is known for stating that “science, science, science, science” is the solution to challenges facing the nation, said Barrett who added that “Pelosi, Pelosi, Pelosi, Pelosi” is the key to funding science.
“It is a great honor to receive this award in the presence of two champions of innovation and science funding in the Congress – Chairman Bart Gordon of the House Science and Technology Committee and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo of the Energy and Commerce Committee. We deeply appreciate the Task Force’s support for substantial new investments in science, which are critical to spurring innovation and jobs,” said Pelosi.