Representative Tom Cole (R–OK)

Representative Tom Cole (R–OK)

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Who will hold science's purse strings in new House?

Two spending panels in the U.S. House of Representatives that hold sway over large chunks of federal research spending will have new chairs when the 114th Congress convenes in January.

For biomedical researchers, the big news is the selection today of Representative Tom Cole (R–OK) to chair the appropriations subcommittee that funds the National Institutes of Health. Cole replaces Representative Jack Kingston (R–GA), who is retiring after losing a bid earlier this year for his party’s nomination for a U.S. Senate seat.

For researchers who follow the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the new cardinal is Representative John Culberson (R–TX). He succeeds the retiring Representative Frank Wolf (R–VA), a fixture on the panel.

Other panels of interest to the U.S. research community will retain their current chairs. A complete list of chairmen—there is actually one woman, Representative Kay Granger (R–TX)—is here.