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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Science and Technology

The health and longevity of Oklahoma’s economy depends in large part on the acceleration of scientific and technological innovations. Maintaining Oklahoma’s leadership in these fields requires a concerted effort to ensure ongoing investments in technology, education and science.

As a member of the STEM Education Caucus, I support broadening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at the elementary, secondary and postsecondary levels. I believe we must harness American innovation by improving energy efficacy and success, supporting research and basic science labs and widening access to STEM education while building America’s STEM workforce.

I support the needs of our scientists to continue their research and provide meaningful employment to our communities. In fact, the Fourth District of Oklahoma is the proud home of the National Weather Center, a massive research center that provides facts and predictions regarding the weather and information on emergency preparedness. Not only does the center provide lifesaving resources to Oklahomans, but it also benefits our state’s economy and workforce as a major employer to our district for scientists, researchers and meteorologists from around the world. Science and research programs like these are vital for solving the most pressing challenges facing Oklahoma and the entire nation.

Research Leadership in the Fourth District

The University of Oklahoma (OU) plays a vital role in comprehensive research. With three campuses in Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OU encompasses a broad array of disciplines in chemistry, engineering, meteorology, medicine, physics and much more. OU is designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a Highest Research Activity institution, placing it in the top tier of comprehensive research universities in the nation.

Also in the Fourth District, Ada is the home to the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center. Research at the Kerr Lab focuses on soil and subsurface environments. This is the Environmental Protection Agency’s first ever carbon-neutral laboratory and the center for expertise on groundwater remediation and ecosystem restoration research. Moreover, the Noble Research Institute houses its headquarters in the Fourth District city of Ardmore. The Noble Institute specializes in research helps farmers and ranchers improve land stewardship and productivity. With 350 resident scientists and consultants, the Noble Research Institute is an amazing resource for agricultural challenges right in the heart of Oklahoma.

More on Science and Technology

August 30, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced nearly $37 million in disaster recovery aid to the City of Moore, Oklahoma and to the State of Oklahoma to help local communities recover from a devastating spate of storms, including a powerful tornado that struck Moore on May 20th.
August 1, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. today introduced legislation that would help families use disaster loans to build tornado safe rooms.  The Tornado Family Safety Act (H.R. 2908 / S.

June 27, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) joined with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA-07) and Congresswomen Renee Ellmers (NC-02) and Susan Brooks (IN-05) on Tuesday to urge pediatric research.
June 20, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House Committee on Appropriations released the fiscal year 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill.
June 1, 2013 Press Release
Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after more deadly tornadoes tore through the state of Oklahoma, claiming the lives of at least nine.
June 1, 2013 Press Release
Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) visited communities affected by the severe storms across the Fourth District of Oklahoma. After the disastrous tornado tore through his hometown of Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding communities on May 20, Cole surveyed the damage and lent his support and sympathy to victims.
May 28, 2013 Weekly Columns

Facing tragedy, hardship and disaster is not new for the people of Oklahoma, especially those living in my hometown of Moore. While residents in my community lived through what seemed like a nightmare last week, our strength and resilience still shines brightly through the storm and radiates hope of full recovery.

May 23, 2013 Press Release
Moore, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) issued the following statement after the announcement that President Obama will visit Moore, Oklahoma this Sunday, May 26.
May 21, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement following Monday’s horrific tornado that destroyed neighborhoods, injured residents and left others missing or dead in his hometown of Moore, Oklahoma. The Congressman is a longtime resident of Moore, which is included in the Fourth District of Oklahoma.

April 25, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) and Tom Cole (R–Okla.) introduced a bill today that prioritizes pediatric research for children with special needs.

The “Kids First Research Act” eliminates taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and political party national conventions. The bill reallocates these federal resources to pediatric research within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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