Virginia Sen. John Warner wins American Chemical Society public service award

04/19/04

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a longtime advocate for scientific research and development, Sen. John Warner, R-Va., has won the American Chemical Society Award for Public Service. The award is scheduled to be presented April 20 at a ceremony at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

ACS, the world's largest scientific society, extends the award periodically to recognize outstanding contributions to the development of public policy that benefits the chemical sciences. Sen. Warner has distinguished himself as an effective advocate for science and as a dedicated public servant, according to the award.

Sen. Warner, with 25 years of service, is currently the third longest serving senator in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia after Harry F. Byrd and Carter Glass. At present, he is the Republican with the longest tenure on the Environment and Public Works Committee. Sen. Warner is a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the Select Committee on Intelligence.

In addition to supporting technology development through his long senatorial career, he was a strong proponent of research and technology as Secretary of the Navy.

Sen. Warner has authored legislation to make development of unmanned vehicles a nationwide priority and as a result the Department of Defense and other agencies have created new robotics programs.

Recently, through a cooperative effort with other Virginia officials and leaders in the private sector, the senator was able to help fund one of the first facilities in the world to manufacture nanomaterials in bulk. Improving the science and engineering workforce is one of the Senator's priorities and he is currently involved with several projects supporting high school, college and graduate education in science and engineering.

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