For the Chair

The chair of the US House of Representative's Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is up for grabs, and ScienceInsider reports that there are three Republican representatives vying for the spot: Lamar Smith (R-TX), James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA). "All three candidates are conservative Republicans with at least 24 years of service on the science committee," ScienceInsider says.

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