House Science Committee Chairman Robert Walker

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Publication date: 
27 January 1995
Number: 
13

House Science Committee Chairman Robert Walker has quickly become
a prominent figure in science and technology policy since assuming
his new position earlier this month.  Well-known on Capitol Hill
for his persistent defense of his party's rights on the House floor
in previous years, Walker is a close confidant of House Speaker
Newt Gingrich.

Walker was first elected in 1976, and represents portions of
Chester, Delaware, and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania's 16th
district.  Before coming to Congress he was a high school teacher
and congressional aide.  Walker, 52, is one of the House's most
well-known conservatives, and is Vice Chairman of the House Budget
Committee.

Walker has been a steadfast supporter of the space station and
basic research, and is a vigorous opponent of earmarking (see FYI
#169, 1994, for additional views.)  During House consideration last
August of the Hydrogen, Fusion, and High Energy and Nuclear Physics
Research Act, Walker offered what he called "an antilobbying
amendment from the standpoint of lobbying with taxpayers' money."
This was in response to the opposition mounted to his possible
amendment for an authorization cap on the DOE General Science and
Research Activities budget.  He did not offer the authorization cap
amendment, and the House did not accept the antilobbying amendment.

The educational institutions in the 16th district are: Franklin and
Marshall College, Immaculata College, Lancaster Bible College,
Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lincoln University, Millersville
University of Pennsylvania, Thaddeus Stevens State Tech, and West
Chester University.

Zip codes in the 16th district are (*shared by more than one
district):

17503   17504   17505   17506   17507   17508   17509   17512*
17516*  17517   17518   17519   17520   17522*  17527   17528 
17529   17532   17534   17535   17536   17537   17538   17540 
17543   17545*  17549   17551*  17552*  17555   17557   17560 
17562   17563   17565   17566   17567   17568   17569   17572 
17573   17576   17577   17578   17579   17580   17581   17582*
17583   17584   17585   17600   17601   17602   17603*  17604 
17605   17606   17607   17608   17699   19310   19311   19316 
19317*  19318   19319   19320   19330   19335   19341   19342*
19343*  19344*  19345   19346   19347   19348*  19350*  19351 
19352*  19353   19354   19355*  19357   19358   19360   19362 
19363   19365   19366   19367   19369   19370   19371   19372 
19373*  19374   19375   19376   19380   19381   19382   19383 
19390   19395   19457   19464   19465   19470   19475   19480 
19501   19520            
               

 
See FYIs #8 and 9 for his subcommittee's rosters.  The address of
the House Science Committee is: 2320 Rayburn House Office Building,
Washington, D.C.  20515-6301.