WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) was recently selected to serve on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee for the 116th Congress. He will remain on the House Energy and Commerce Committee as well. Olson was named to the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, where he will work directly on issues impacting our local Houston space workforce.
“The Houston region has long been synonymous with American human space exploration,” Rep. Pete Olson said. “As a kid growing up with NASA astronauts as my coaches and previously working on behalf of this talented community, I’m thrilled to be back on this committee working on these important issues. We’re lucky to have the talented folks at NASA’s Johnson Space Center here in our region, with many of them choosing to call our district home. With such an energy, technology and space heavy workforce, this committee assignment will enhance my ability to advocate for the priorities of the 22nd District of Texas. I look forward to serving as a strong voice on these critical issues.”
Rep. Olson served on the Science Committee and was Ranking Member of the Space Subcommittee in the 111th Congress. Working with Chairman Gabby Giffords, he saved the Orion crew capsule from termination, thereby keeping thousands of jobs at Johnson Space Center.
The Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics has jurisdiction over the following subject matters: all matters relating to astronautical and aeronautical research and development; national space policy, including access to space; sub-orbital access and applications; National Aeronautics and Space Administration and its contractor and government-operated labs; space commercialization, including commercial space activities relating to the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce; exploration and use of outer space; international space cooperation; the National Space Council; space applications, space communications and related matters; Earth remote sensing policy; civil aviation research, development, and demonstration; research, development, and demonstration programs of the Federal Aviation Administration; space law; other appropriate matters as referred by the Chairman; and relevant oversight.