WASHINGTON Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Science Committee, said Friday (March 17) he is retiring from Congress after serving 12 terms.
Rep. Sherwood Boehlert
Boehlert, 69, was considered a moderate Republican and a strong supporter of science and technology programs. Under his leadership, the House Science Committee often increased funding for R&D, math and science education and engineering programs above the budget requests of Republican administrations.
He became chairman of the science panel in 2001. Under House rules, he would have been required to stepped down as committee chairman at the end of the year.
Boehlert announcement follows the retirement of several other prominent House members, including Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Calif., chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.
Boehlert had successful heart bypass surgery in September 2004.