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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 07:30 AM

The US just elected 8 new scientists to Congress, including an ocean expert, a nurse, and a biochemi

The faces of Capitol Hill are changing.

When the 116th Congress heads to Washington in January, there will be a record number of women in the ranks at least 123, according to the news website Axios, including the first Muslim women, the first Somali-American, and the first Native American women.

There will be more scientists too.

On Tuesday, at least eight new science-credentialed candidates were elected: one senator and seven members of the House. Full results are not yet available in Washington state, where a pediatrician is likely to be elected to the House.

The members of the 115th Congress include one physicist, one microbiologist, and one chemist, as well as eight engineers and one mathematician. The medical professions are slightly better represented, with three nurses and 15 doctors.

The new winners will bolster those science ranks. The Democratic candidates who won all ran successful campaigns with the support of a nonprofit political-action committee called 314 Action, which started in 2016 and is dedicated to recruiting, training, and funding scientists and healthcare workers who want to run for political office. (One Republican engineer-turned-businessman won a race in Oklahoma, without support from the PAC.)

"Scientists are essentially problem-solvers," Shaughnessy Naughton, the president of 314 Action, told Business Insider before the election results came in.

https://www.businessinsider.com/2018-midterms-8-new-scientists-elected-to-house-senate-2018-11

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mfcorey1 Nov 8 OP
redstatebluegirl Nov 8 #1
Hortensis Nov 8 #6
FM123 Nov 8 #2
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Pacifist Patriot Nov 8 #4
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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 07:33 AM

1. Maybe I was wrong, America really does value intelligence.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 08:23 AM

6. Lol. Oxymoronic a bit?

Thanks for the chuckle. We get exasperated, but of course we know that many millions are oriented to truth and reason by their very natures and that many millions of others are not.

You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. ~ If not Lincoln, a reality he no doubt understood well

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 07:44 AM

2. Yes, and changing in a truly statistically significant way!

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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 07:46 AM

3. Make America Smart Again

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 08:06 AM

4. I'm not sure I can get all excited about doctors promoting science and being problem solvers.

Dave Weldon, Paul Gosar, and Ben Carson spring to mind.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 08:08 AM

5. Need at least 80 more.

So sick of the ignorance in this country.

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Fri Nov 9, 2018, 04:44 PM

7. Kick

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