The House Science, Space and Technology Committee announced late Tuesday the list of Republican members who will serve on the committee. The list features seven freshman members, including Reps. Sandy Adams (R-FL), whose district includes KSC; Scott Rigell (R-VA), whose district includes the Wallops Flight Facility and is immediately adjacent to NASA Langley; Steven Palazzo (R-MS), whose district includes NASA Stennis; and Mo Brooks (R-AL), whose district includes NASA Marshall. (In addition, Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) represents the district that includes Maryland’s Eastern Shore, just north of Wallops.) In Adams’s case, at least, the assignment is a consolation prize: in November she said she was seeking a post on the appropriations committee but would consider the science committee if that fell through.
A number of veteran Republicans are also returning to the committee, including Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA). One notable omission, though, is Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), whose district includes JSC. Olson had been the ranking member of the space subcommittee in the last Congress and thus would have been in line to chair the committee this Congress with the Republicans in the majority.