Rush Holt, Advocate for Science, to Leave Congress

February 19, 2014

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, a former Princeton University physicist who has been an eloquent advocate for scientific research in Congress for 15 years, will not seek re-election when his term expires later this year, the Democrat announced Tuesday. Holt was assistant director of Princeton's Plasma Physics Laboratory before being elected to represent a central New Jersey district in 1999. He has delved into higher education issues as a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee and argued -- with more personal and professional credibility than most -- for the importance of science research and education. (It is not uncommon to see bumper stickers around Princeton that read "My Congressman IS a rocket scientist.")

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