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Background
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The United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. It was created in 1958 as the Science and Astronautics Committee, but has since changed names.[1]

Leadership

114th Congress

The committee chairman in the 114th Congress is Lamar Smith (R).

113th Congress

Lamar Smith (R) was appointed committee chair in the 113th Congress.[2]

112th Congress

The committee chairman in the 112th Congress was Ralph M. Hall (R).

Membership

2015-2016 (114th Congress)

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (14)Republican members (22)
Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Ranking MemberLamar Smith (Texas) Chairman
Zoe Lofgren (California) James Sensenbrenner (Wisconsin) Chairman Emeritus
Daniel Lipinski (Illinois) Dana Rohrabacher (California)
Donna Edwards (Maryland) Frank D. Lucas (Oklahoma) Vice Chairman
Suzanne Bonamici (Oregon) Randy Neugebauer (Texas)
Eric Swalwell (California) Michael T. McCaul (Texas)
Alan Grayson (Florida) Steven Palazzo (Mississippi)
Ami Bera (California) Mo Brooks (Alabama)
Elizabeth Esty (Connecticut) Randy Hultgren (Illinois)
Marc Veasey (Texas) Bill Posey (Florida)
Katherine M. Clark (Massachusetts) Thomas Massie (Kentucky)
Don Beyer (Virginia) Jim Bridenstine (Oklahoma)
Ed Perlmutter (Colorado) Randy Weber (Texas)
Paul Tonko (New York) Bill Johnson (Ohio)
John Moolenaar (Michigan)
Steve Knight (California)
Brian Babin (Texas)
Bruce Westerman (Arkansas)
Barbara Comstock (Virginia)
Dan Newhouse (Washington)
Gary Palmer (Alabama)
Barry Loudermilk (Georgia)

Note: there will be three additional Democrats to be announced at a later date.[3]

2013-2014 (113th Congress)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)

Note: Gabrielle Giffords (D) served on this committee, prior to her retirement. Her replacement, Ron Barber (D), did not replace her on the committee.

Committee legislation

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the legislation coming out of each committee.


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Subcommittees

Space

Subcommittee on Space Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (7)Republican members (10)
Donna Edwards Ranking MemberSteven Palazzo Chairman
Ami Bera Dana Rohrabacher
Zoe Lofgren Frank Lucas
Ed Perlmutter Michael McCaul
Marc Veasey Mo Brooks Vice-Chairman
Don Beyer Bill Posey
Eddie Bernice Johnson Ex Officio Member Bill Johnson
Steve Knight
Brian Babin
Lamar Smith Ex Officio Member

Jurisdiction: all matters relating to astronautical and aeronautical research and development including: national space policy, including access to space; sub-orbital access and applications; National Aeronautics and Space Administration and its contractor and government-operated labs; space commercialization, including the commercial space activities relating to the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce; exploration and use of outer space; international space cooperation; the National Space Council; space applications, space communications and related matters; earth remote sensing policy; civil aviation research, development, and demonstration; research, development, and demonstration programs of the Federal Aviation Administration; and space law.[4]

Environment

Subcommittee on Environment Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (6)Republican members (10)
Suzanne Bonamici Ranking MemberJim Bridenstine Chairman
Donna Edwards James Sensenbrenner
Alan Grayson Randy Neugebauer
Ami Bera Randy Weber
Don Beyer John Moolenaar
Eddie Bernice Johnson Ex Officio MemberBrian Babin
Bruce Westerman Vice-Chairman
Dan Newhouse
Gary Palmer
Lamar Smith Ex Officio Member

Jurisdiction: all matters relating to environmental research; Environmental Protection Agency research and development; environmental standards; climate change research and development; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including all activities related to weather, weather services, climate, the atmosphere, marine fisheries, and oceanic research; risk assessment activities; scientific issues related to environmental policy, including climate change; remote sensing data related to climate change at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); earth science activities conducted by the NASA; other appropriate matters as referred by the Chairman; and relevant oversight.[4]

Energy

Subcommittee on Energy Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (7)Republican members (10)
Alan Grayson Ranking MemberRandy Weber Chairman
Eric Swalwell Dana Rohrabacher
Marc Veasey Randy Neugebauer
Dan Lipinski Mo Brooks
Katherine M. Clark Randy Hultgren
Ed Perlmutter Thomas Massie
Eddie Bernice Johnson Ex Officio MemberBarbara Comstock
Dan Newhouse Vice-Chairman
Barry Loudermilk
Lamar Smith Ex Officio Member

Jurisdiction: all matters relating to energy research, development, and demonstration projects therefor; commercial application of energy technology; Department of Energy research, development, and demonstration programs; Department of Energy laboratories; Department of Energy science activities; energy supply activities; nuclear, solar, and renewable energy, and other advanced energy technologies; uranium supply and enrichment, and Department of Energy waste management; fossil energy research and development; clean coal technology; energy conservation research and development, including building performance, alternate fuels, distributed power systems, and industrial process improvements; pipeline research, development, and demonstration projects; energy standards; other appropriate matters as referred by the Chairman; and relevant oversight.[4]

Research and Technology

Subcommittee on Research and Science Education Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (7)Republican members (10)
Dan Lipinski Ranking MemberBarbara Comstock Chairman
Elizabeth Esty Frank Lucas
Katherine M. Clark Michael McCaul
Paul Tonko Steven Palazzo
Suzanne Bonamici Randy Hultgren
Eric Swalwell John Moolenaar Vice-Chairman
Eddie Bernice Johnson Ex Officio MemberSteve Knight
Bruce Westerman
Gary Palmer
Lamar Smith Ex Officio Member

Jurisdiction: all matters relating to science policy and science education including: the Office of Science and Technology Policy; all scientific research, and scientific and engineering resources (including human resources), science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education; intergovernmental mechanisms for research, development, and demonstration and cross-cutting programs; international scientific cooperation; National Science Foundation, including earthquake programs; university research policy, including infrastructure and overhead; university research partnerships, including those with industry; science scholarships; computing, communications, networking, and information technology; research and development relating to health, biomedical, and nutritional programs; research, development, and demonstration relating to nanoscience, nanoengineering, and nanotechnology; to the extent appropriate, agricultural, geological, biological and life sciences research; and materials research, development, and demonstration and policy.[4]

Oversight

Subcommittee on Oversight Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (4)Republican members (7)
Don Beyer Ranking MemberBarry Loudermilk Chairman
Alan Grayson F. James Sensenbrenner
Zoe Lofgren Bill Posey
Eddie Bernice Johnson Ex Officio MemberThomas Massie
Jim Bridenstine
Bill Johnson Vice Chairman
Lamar Smith Ex Officio Member

Jurisdiction: all matters within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.[4]

Jurisdiction

According to the official House website, the jurisdiction of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee includes the following:

  1. all energy research, development, and demonstration, and projects therefore
  2. all federally owned or operated non-military energy laboratories
  3. astronautical research and development, including resources, personnel, equipment, and facilities
  4. civil aviation research and development
  5. environmental research and development
  6. marine research
  7. commercial application of energy technology
  8. National Institute of Standards and Technology, standardization of weights and measures and the metric system
  9. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. National Science Foundation
  11. National Weather Service
  12. outer space, including exploration and control thereof
  13. science scholarships
  14. scientific research, development, and demonstration, and projects therefore
  15. shall review and study on a continuing basis laws, programs, and Government activities relating to non-military research and development.

Contact

House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
2321 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-6371
Fax: 202-226-0113

See also

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