Olson Becomes Top Republican for Space, NASA

Press Release From: House Science Committee Republicans
Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Washington, DC- The House Committee on Science and Technology confirmed today that Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) has been named the Ranking Member on the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, making him the top Republican in the House on Space and NASA issues.

"I am extremely pleased to appoint Rep. Olson as Ranking Member of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee," said Ranking Member Ralph Hall (TX-4). "Through his work for former Senator Phil Gramm, Pete already has a successful track record of supporting NASA. Pete understands that America's space agency drives innovation, creating technologies that help Americans and keep the U.S. competitive. He also knows that for too long, NASA has been asked to do too much with too little funding. I am confident that as Ranking Member, Pete will work to ensure NASA remains the World's preeminent space agency."

The Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee has the oversight and investigative authority for matters relating to NASA, aeronautical science research, space law, and space commercialization. "Ensuring NASA remains fully funded and flying should be a national priority," stated Olson, "I look forward to working with leaders in Congress and the new administration to keep the commitments to the men and women of our space program."

Press Contact: Luke Marchant / 202.226.1662 /

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