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House Science Chairman Sherwood Boehlert Announces Plans to Retire

New York, Mar 23, 2006

U.S. Representative Sherwood Boehlert (R-New Hartford), chairman of the House Science Committee, recently announced plans to retire at the end of the congressional term. Mr. Boehlert began his career in public service in the 1960s, and has represented the 24th District in central New York for twelve terms.

Elected chairman in 2001, he has served on the House Science Committee since 1983. Throughout his tenure on the House Science Committee, Mr. Boehlert has been a strong supporter and valuable advocate of the U.S. standardization community, helping to advance key partnerships between the public and private sectors. He is the third-ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and, as the chairman of its Subcommittee on Water and Resources and Environment from 1995 to 2000, Mr. Boehlert worked to advance environmentalist measures.

Mr. Boehlert was honored in 1999 by the non-partisan magazine Congressional Quarterly as one of the fifty most effective members of Congress for his ability to advance legislation across party lines. A Republican by party, Mr. Boehlert’s policies and voting record earned him popular support and the label of “moderate.”

“I’m proud of that label,” Mr. Boehlert said during a recent press conference announcing his retirement. “The overwhelming majority of thinking people . . .find stalemate unacceptable and want us to sort out our differences and find common ground.”

In his announcement, Mr. Boehlert pointed to some of the recent triumphs of the House Science Committee, including the Transportation Act of 2005 and the American Competitiveness Initiative. Announced by President Bush during his State of the Union Address, the initiative commits increased funding to scientific research in an effort to drive American leadership in key areas of innovation such as nanotechnology and healthcare information technology.

Mr. Boehlert, who is the 25th House member and 17th Republican to announce plans to leave or change office at the congressional term’s end, said that his decision “was not taken lightly, nor was it made in haste.”

“When I visit people, particularly students who so often wonder what it’s all about, I tell them I have the best job in the world,” Mr. Boehlert said. “Everyday when I go to work I know I will be involved in activities designed to make life better for others. Nothing could be more fulfilling.”

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