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Members named to entrepreneurship and innovation committees in the 117th Congress

February 18, 2021
By: Jason Rittenberg

Editor’s notes. Feb. 18: We have updated the article to reflect assignments to key subcommittees in both the House and Senate. 

Nearly a month into the 117th Congress, formal committee assignments are being announced. The highest-priority committees for tech-based economic development policies are those affecting science and small business issues. The lists, below, provide a description of those committees in the Senate and House for the next two years.

Senate Commerce Committee

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation authorizes policies and programs related to trade, manufacturing, science and transportation, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Build to Scale program at the Economic Development Administration (EDA), as well as shared responsibility for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program with the small business committee.

Majority

 

Minority

Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chair

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

John Hickenlooper (D-CO)

Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM)

Edward J. Markey (D-MA)

Gary C. Peters (D-MI)

Jacky Rosen (D-NV)

Brian Schatz (D-HI)

Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

Jon Tester (D-MT)

Raphael Warnock (D-GA)

 

Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ranking Member

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Roy Blunt (R-MO)

Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Deb Fischer (R-NE)

Ron Johnson (R-WI)

Mike Lee (R-UT)

Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)

Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Rick Scott (R-FL)

Dan Sullivan (R-AK)

John Thune (R-SD)

Todd Young (R-IN)

 

Senate Small Business Committee

The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has responsibility for programs and policies related to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and small business policy across the federal government, including shared oversight of SBIR (with the commerce committee).

Majority

 

Minority

Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chair

Cory Booker (D-NJ)

Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

Christopher Coons (D-DE)

Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

John Hickenlooper (D-CO)

Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

Edward J. Markey (D-MA)

Jacky Rosen (D-NV)

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

 

Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member

Joni Ernst (R-IA)

Josh Hawley (R-MO)

James Inhofe (R-OK)

John Kennedy (R-LA)

Roger Marshall (R-KS)

James Risch (R-ID)

Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Tim Scott (R-SC)

Todd Young (R-IN)

 

Senate CJS Appropriations Subcommittee

The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) determines funding levels for EDA (including Build to Scale), NIST and NSF, among others.

Majority

 

Minority

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chair

 

Jerry Moran (R-KS), Ranking Member

Christopher Coons (D-DE)

 

John Boozman (R-AR)

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

 

Mike Braun (R-IN)

Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

 

Susan M. Collins (R-ME)

Joe Manchin (D-WV)

 

Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

 

Bill Hagerty (R-TN)

Jack Reed (D-RI)

 

John Kennedy (R-LA)

Brian Schatz (D-HI)

 

Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

 

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

 

Senate Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee

The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government determines funding levels for SBA and the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund.

Majority

 

Minority

Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Chair

 

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Ranking Member

Christopher Coons (D-DE)

 

John Boozman (R-AR)

Richard Durbin (D-IL)

 

John Kennedy (R-LA)

Joe Manchin (D-WV)

 

Jerry Moran (R-KS)

 

House Science Committee

The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is responsible for authorizing policies and programs affecting NSF and science policy across the government, including technology transfer, NIST, the EDA Build to Scale program, and SBIR (with the small business committee).

Majority

 

Minority

Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30), Chair

 

Frank Lucas (R-OK-3), Ranking Member

Haley Stevens (D-MI-11), Vice Chair

 

Brian Babin (R-TX-36)

Ami Bera (D-CA-7)

 

Jim Baird (R-IN-4)

Don Beyer (D-VA-8)

 

Stephanie Bice (R-OK-5)

Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-1)

 

Mo Brooks (R-AL-4)

Jamaal Bowman, (D-NY-16)

 

Randy Feenstra (R-IA-4)

Sean Casten (D-IL-6)

 

Mike Garcia (R-CA-25)

Charlie Crist (D-FL-13)

 

Carlos Gimenez (R-FL-26)

Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-7)

 

Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-16)

Bill Foster (D-IL-11)

 

Young Kim (R-CA-39)

Dan Kildee (D-MI-5)

 

Jake LaTurner (R-KS-2)

Conor Lamb (D-PA-17)

 

Peter Meijer (R-MI-3)

Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19)

 

Jay Obernolte (R-CA-8)

Jerry McNerney (D-CA-9)

 

Bill Posey (R-FL-8)

Gwen Moore (D-WI-4)

 

Pete Sessions (R-TX-17)

Donald Norcross (D-NJ-1)

 

Michael Waltz (R-FL-6)

Ed Perlmutter (D-CO-7)

 

Randy Weber (R-TX-14)

Deborah K. Ross (D-NC-2)

 

Dan Webster (R-FL-11)

Brad Sherman (D-CA-30)

 

 

Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11)

 

 

Paul Tonko (D-NY-20)

 

 

Susan Wild (D-PA-7)

 

 

The committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology has jurisdiction over NSF and NIST. Rep. Stevens has been named chair of the subcommittee, and Rep. Waltz will be the ranking member.
 

House Small Business Committee

The U.S. House Committee on Small Business is responsible for authorizing policies and programs affecting SBA and shares responsibility (with the science committee) for SBIR.

Majority

 

Minority

Nydia Velázquez (D-NY-7), Chair

Kweisi Mfume (D-MD-7), Vice Chair

Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-GA-7)

Judy Chu (D-CA-27)

Angie Craig (D-MN-2)

Jason Crow (D-CO-6)

Sharice Davids (D-KS-3)

Antonio Delgado (D-NY-19)

Dwight Evans (D-PA-3)

Jared Golden (D-ME-2)

Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-6)

Andy Kim (D-NJ-3)

Marie Newman (D-IL-3)

Dean Phillips (D-MN-3)

 

Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-3), Ranking Member

Byron Donalds (R-FL-19)

Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI-5)

Andrew Garbarino (R-NY-2)

Jim Hagedorn (R-MN-1)

Dan Meuser (R-PA-9)

Maria Salazar (R-FL-27)

Pete Stauber (R-MN-8)

Beth Van Duyne (R-TX-24)

Roger Williams (R-TX-25)

 

House CJS Appropriations Subcommittee

The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) determines funding levels for EDA (including Build to Scale), NIST and NSF, among others.

Majority

 

Minority

Matt Cartwright (D-PA-8), Chair

Ed Case (D-HI-1)

Charlie Crist (D-FL-13)

Brenda Lawrence (D-MI-14)

Grace Meng (D-NY-6)

C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-2)

David Trone (D-MD-6)

Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3)*

 

Robert Aderholt (R-AL-5), Ranking Member

Ben Cline (R-VA-6)

Mike Garcia (R-CA-25)

Steven Palazzo (R-MS-4)

Kay Granger (R-TX-12)*

 

 

House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee

The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government determines funding levels for the SBA and the CDFI Fund.

Majority

 

Minority

Mike Quigley (D-IL-5), Chair

Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D-GA-2)

Matt Cartwright (D-PA-8)

Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ-2)

Brenda Lawrence (D-MI-14)

Mark Pocan (D-WI-2)

Norma Torres (D-CA-35)

Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3)*

 

Steve Womack (R-AR-3), Ranking Member

Mark Amodei (R-NV-2)

Dave Joyce (R-OH-14)

Chris Stewart (R-UT-2)

Kay Granger (R-TX-12)*

 

* As the chair and ranking member, respectively, of the full appropriations committee, Reps. DeLauro and Granger have seats on every subcommittee.

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