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Congressman Steve Stivers Becomes the Newest Co-Chair of the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus

Released: February 22, 2013
Contact: Lynn Marquis

The Coalition for the Life Sciences, on behalf of the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, is pleased to announce Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) as the newest co-chair of the Caucus.  He joins Reps. Rush Holt (D-NJ), Charlie Dent (R-PA), and Jackie Speier (D-CA) as leaders of the 78-member bipartisan Caucus. 

“It is an honor to serve as a co-chair to the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus,” Stivers said.  “Ohio University, The Ohio State University, and Battelle are important to the communities I represent because they mean biomedical jobs for the people who live there.  Both my district and America depend on research and innovation to move us forward and that is why this is such an important issue.”

Congressman Steve Stivers represents the 15th District in Ohio. He grew up in Ripley, moved to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University and never left, except for deployments with the Ohio Army National Guard.  Central Ohio is home to a vibrant life sciences industry that includes renowned research universities, premier national healthcare providers, and innovative biotech firms.  

Congressman Stivers in his first term in office made an incredible contribution to the research enterprise. In Dec. 2012, as Congress was debating the fiscal cliff, Stivers joined with his democratic colleague Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and led a bipartisan effort to protect the National Institutes of Health in the context of ongoing budget negotiations.  A total of 60 members of Congress signed this letter to the House and Senate leadership, which stated, “As Congress debates the issues surrounding deficit reduction, we urge you to support a thoughtful, balanced approach, taking into account the critical importance of the National Institutes of Health.”

Without question, Congressman Stivers is, and will continue to be, a tremendous voice for biomedical research in Congress and through the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus.

The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus was established in 1989 to broaden the support and knowledge of basic and clinical biomedical research issues throughout the Congress in a bipartisan manner. The CBRC is a bipartisan, bicameral Caucus and takes no dues from its members.