Ehlers to Retire From Congress

Vernon Ehlers, a staunch supporter of science and one of three physicists in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced today that he will step down at the end of the year after 17 years in Congress. The retirement of the 76-year-old Republican from Michigan will strip the House Science and Technology Committee of arguably its two most influential members following the recent decision of its chair, Representative Bart Gordon (D-TN), to leave Congress after 26 years.