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U.S. Rep Thomas Massie (R-KY) will chair the congressional subcommittee on technology and innovation, part of the committee on space, science and technology.
“Technological innovation is vital to our country’s future,” Massie said. “It has been the driver of economic growth responsible for jobs and higher standards of living here and around the world. I look forward to working with Chairman Lamar Smith and the other committee members to help promote a more competitive technological landscape in America.”
Before being elected to Congress in November, Massie earned two degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He developed hardware and software and started a technology company that obtained 24 patents.
Committee chair Smith (R-TX) thinks this background makes Massie uniquely suited to serve as the chairman of the subcommittee.
“The science committee will promote policies that support the nation’s space program, encourage energy independence, expand scientific education, fund basic research and enhance the development of new technologies,” Smith said.
The subcommittee on technology and innovation has jurisdiction over all matters relating to technology standards, competition, innovation, and policy. Additionally, the subcommittee has general oversight of international technology trade and department of transportation research activities.