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Newly Elected Representatives With Science Backgrounds Could Make an Impact in Congress

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Congress will have a lot more scientists in its ranks when it reconvenes. Several candidates with science background won their races this past week. The exact number depends on just how you define a science background. But the real question is what impact these science-savvy representatives might have. In at least one case, it could be big – with a registered nurse taking over the helm of the House science committee from Lamar Smith.

Jeffrey Mervis covers U.S. science policy for the journal Science. He spoke to Heather about how these representatives might impact the country. 

Elsa Partan is a producer for Living Lab Radio. She first came to the station in 2002 as an intern and fell in love with radio. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2006 to 2009, she covered the state of Wyoming for the NPR member station Wyoming Public Media in Laramie. She was a newspaper reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise from 2010 to 2013. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and two daughters.