Moolenaar & Lipinski Announce Bipartisan Congressional Chemistry Caucus

April 27, 2016
Press Release

Today, Congressman John Moolenaar (R-MI) and Congressman Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) announced the formation of the Congressional Chemistry Caucus.

The Congressional Chemistry Caucus will serve as an informal group of Members dedicated to issues related to the transformative science of chemistry. The mission of the bipartisan caucus is to educate Members of Congress and the public about the benefits of chemistry in today’s society and the importance of sound science in public policy. The Caucus will also strive to promote and advance policies aimed at encouraging today’s students to become the chemists of tomorrow.

Congressman Moolenaar and Congressman Lipinski issued the following statement:

“Every day, Americans use products that have been created and improved by the science of chemistry. Chemistry has made America a world leader in research and innovation and it employs more than 800,000 Americans with good-paying jobs. As co-chairs of the Congressional Chemistry Caucus, we are honored that 12 colleagues have joined us in a bipartisan effort to form the nucleus of this caucus. 

“It is our hope that this caucus will be a good resource for getting the word out about different aspects of chemistry and the chemical industry, while also increasing the public’s understanding of chemistry and promoting the importance of STEM education.”  

Co-Chair Backgrounds

Moolenaar has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He is a member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee and has supported STEM education initiatives as a member of Congress and previously in the Michigan legislature.

Lipinski is also a member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. As a former teacher, he has pushed for improvements in STEM education throughout his career.

Members of the Congressional Chemistry Caucus

The other members of the Congressional Chemistry Caucus are Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL), Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA), Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN), Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA), Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL), Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY), Congressman Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA), Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI), and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN).