Bart Gordon (D)
Former U.S. Representative. for Tennessee's 6th Congressional District
As the dean of Tennessee’s congressional delegation, Bart Gordon served his 13th term in Congress representing the Sixth District from 1985 through 2011. From 2007 through 2011, he was Chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee. As Chairman, Bart authored the landmark bipartisan America COMPETES Act, which aimed to foster U.S. economic competitiveness by strengthening math and science education with the goal of ensuring the U.S. workforce has the skills needed for high-tech jobs of the future. In addition, the COMPETES Act also focused on curbing America’s dependence on foreign energy sources. The law created an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) in the US. Department of Energy, which is tasked with leveraging talent in all sectors — from private industry, to universities, to government labs — to develop next-generation energy sources and technologies.
In addition to his role on the Science and Technology Committee, Bart was a senior member of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee and served on three subcommittees: the Health Subcommittee; the Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Subcommittee; and, the Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee.