Langevin Named 2020 “Champion of Science” by The Science Coalition

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) was recently named a 2020 Champion of Science by The Science Coalition (TSC), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 of the nation’s leading public and private research institutions dedicated to highlighting the partnerships between the federal government and America’s research universities. The award honors members of Congress whose actions and votes consistently reflect their commitment to fundamental science through funding investment for federal research agencies.

“The scientific research that is taking place across the nation at leading institutions like Brown University is helping us unlock solutions for some of the world’s most pressing issues,” said Langevin, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities, which oversees the Department of Defense’s research and development portfolio. “On the House Armed Services Committee, I often say that my job is to ensure our soldiers never enter a fair fight. However, without the technological advancements that are enabled by basic research, we will fall behind and put our troops at risk. I’m honored by this recognition and remain committed to supporting this important academic work.”

Langevin was nominated for the award by Brown University, a member of TSC. The Congressman’s support of fundamental scientific research as a leader of the House Armed Services Committee and his advocacy to pass the Securing American Science and Technology Act of 2019 in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 were noted in the nomination. The bipartisan Securing American Science and Technology Act, introduced by Langevin, promotes standardization of federal agency approaches to academic espionage while maintaining collaboration and a welcoming environment for foreign talent at institutions of higher education.

“Congressman Langevin's commitment to the U.S. scientific enterprise is exceptional," said Brown University President Christina H. Paxson. "He’s a stalwart supporter of the long-standing partnership between the federal government and research universities that has made our nation the global leader in innovation, and he appreciates the need to balance research and discovery with national security interests. Brown University and our fellow research institutions across the country have a true champion of science in Congressman Langevin.”

“President Paxson has been a national leader in advocating for the economic and national security benefits of basic scientific research,” continued Langevin. "When she brought my attention to the need to protect American innovation from foreign interference, cyberattacks, and IP theft that threaten the U.S. research enterprise, I was ready to listen. The Securing American Science and Technology Act ensures coordination between federal science and security offices and universities to protect federally funded research and the collaborations needed for scientific advancement and innovation."

“Congressman Langevin is a tireless advocate for America’s scientific enterprise and for robust, predictable federal investment in fundamental science research,” said Lauren Brookmeyer, President of The Science Coalition. “His leadership and unwavering support of funding for the nation’s research universities and key federal research agencies advance our nation’s ability to stay competitive globally and drive the next generation of life-changing discoveries.”

Since 1999, more than 100 members of Congress have been recognized with the Champion of Science Award for their efforts to secure federal funding for fundamental scientific research – through their voting records, bill sponsorships, letters of support, or other activities aimed at boosting scientific discovery. Awardees were selected both for their support of research institutions and their tireless efforts to ensure fundamental scientific advancement across all disciplines.