U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon (TN-6th)
U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon (TN-6th) recently received the 2008 George E. Brown Jr. Science, Engineering and Technology Leadership Award for his leadership and commitment to ensuring that the United States remains a global leader in science and innovation.
Gordon, chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, was honored March 4 during a reception in the Rayburn House Office Building. He has been a tireless champion of the need to invest in America’s future through strong federal funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics research and education. He was the lead House negotiator for the America COMPETES Act (H.R. 2272), authorization legislation designed to help the United States maintain its global leadership in science and technology. It was signed into law on Aug. 9, 2007.
Gordon’s award coincided with the 50th anniversary of what is now the House Science and Technology Committee. Stunned by the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik, the United States realized the need for a firm commitment to scientific and technological research and development. Formation of the committee was a key part of what has become a great American success story–federal funding for science and technology research and education that has spurred innovation, created jobs and kept America on the leading edge of scientific discovery.
The Brown Award is presented annually by the Science, Engineering and Technology Work Group (SETWG) to members of Congress who are effective advocates of federal investment in science and technology. It is named for the late U.S. Rep. George E. Brown Jr., a longtime member of Congress who made outstanding contributions to federal support for science and technology throughout his distinguished congressional career.
The award is presented each year in conjunction with SETWG’s Congressional Visits Day (CVD), the preeminent yearly event during which hundreds of scientists and engineers from around the country come to Washington for two days of briefings and visits to their members of Congress.
SETWG is a network of professional, scientific and engineering societies, higher education associations, institutions of higher learning and trade associations. It is concerned about the future vitality of the U.S. science, mathematics and engineering enterprise. SETWG web site