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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

April 2, 2013 News Stories

The Hill - Sam Baker

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Tuesday the GOP will introduce a bill to boost federal medical research — and pay for it by eliminating public funds for political conventions.

Cantor outlined the "Kids First Research Act" on World Autism Day. He said the bill, which Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) will introduce "in the coming weeks," would redirect federal funds toward research at the National Institutes of Health.

November 20, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Cole voted today in favor of a combination of spending bills that will fund America's priorities for 2005 while also funding key projects in Oklahoma.  The conference report on H.R. 4818, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY2005 that passed in the House today provides over $42 million for projects in Oklahoma's Fourth Congressional District.    

     The final spending package fully complies with the spending targets agreed to by the Congress and the Administration, by freezing non-defense discretionary spending.

May 8, 2003 Press Release

Washington DC- While watching severe weather once again strike the heartland, Congressman Tom Cole knew that even though the damage could be significant, Oklahomans were prepared and able to face the challenges of rebuilding.