Republican U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon — a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee — will chair the panel’s subcommittee on research and science education, his office announced Tuesday.
“Because of my background in science and medicine, I understand very well the importance of research in improving the life of all Americans and the role it plays in economic development. I look forward to working with the committee to foster innovation in the research industry so that we can create jobs and grow the economy in Indiana and nationwide,” Bucshon said in a statement.
The subcommittee has conducted recent hearings on the role of research universities and their relationships with business, effective science and technology educational practices, the spending of the National Science Foundation and more.
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee chairman, Republican U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, said Bucshon was chosen “because of his extensive background in research as a physician.” Bucshon, from Newburgh, was a heart surgeon before being elected in 2010.