Home About Chat Users Issues Party Candidates Polling Firms Media News Polls Calendar Key Races United States President Senate House Governors International

New User Account
"A historical political resource." 
Email: Password:

  Bartlett, Roscoe G.
<-  2011-01-03  
NameRoscoe G. Bartlett
Middletown, Maryland 21769, United States
Website [Link]
Born June 03, 1926 (94 years)
ContributorBarack O-blame-a
Last ModifedRBH
Dec 01, 2011 04:42pm
Tags Caucasian - Married - Protestant -
InfoNow serving his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives, Roscoe G. Bartlett considers himself a citizen-legislator, not a politician. Prior to his election to Congress, he pursued successful careers as a professor, research scientist and inventor, small business owner, and farmer. Still an active farmer, but retired from teaching and building homes, he was first elected in 1992 to represent Maryland's Sixth District.

In the 108th Congress, Bartlett serves as Chairman of the Projection Forces Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee. One of three scientists in the Congress, he also serves on the Science Committee. Due to his experience, he also serves on the Small Business Committee.

Committee on Armed Services

•Subcommittee on Projection Forces
•Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities

Science Committee
•Subcommittee on Energy
•Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics

Committee on Small Business

•Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and Oversight

Roscoe and his wife Ellen have been married for more than 30 years. They have ten children and twelve grandchildren. Because of his commitment to philanthropy and the importance of education as a tool for success, Bartlett donates a significant portion of his Congressional salary to scholarships for undergraduate students at colleges in the district.

His goal as a Congressman? "I'm not interested in politics," says Dr. Bartlett. "I'm interested in my country. I am a conservative who wants to help restore the limited federal government envisioned and established in the Constitution by our nation's founders. I want to ensure that future generations of Americans will have the same opportunities for success that I did." He frequently quotes from the Constitution which he carries at all times for guidance in crafting national policy. "Upholding the Constitution, including the entire Bill of Rights, and maintaining a strong defense should be our priorities. If we don't get these priorities right, nothing else will matter."

Bartlett's lifelong love of farming developed on his grandfather's farm in the small town of Moreland, Kentucky where he was born. During the Great Depression, his father supported the family by working as a tenant farmer in western Pennsylvania. Desperately poor, his mother used feed sacks to make clothes and bed sheets for the family. Despite the material hardship, his father refused to accept assistance from the government.

A devout Seventh-day Adventist, strong moral values and spiritual faith have had a major influence on his life and education. He credits his early education in a one-room schoolhouse for preparing him for his later academic accomplishments. Bartlett attended Columbia Union College where he majored in theology and biology and minored in chemistry with the intention of becoming a minister. Considered too young for the ministry after receiving his bachelor's degree at age 21, Bartlett was encouraged to attend graduate school at the University of Maryland at College Park. He studied anatomy, physiology, and zoology earning a Master's degree in physiology. Bartlett was then hired as a U-MD faculty member and taught anatomy, physiology and zoology while simultaneously earning a Ph.D. in physiology.

Bartlett engaged in research in addition to teaching first as an instructor, and later as an Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California. He relocated to Howard University in Washington, D.C. as a Professor of physiology and endocrinology at its Medical School. Bartlett left to pursue research full-time first at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and then at the U.S. Navy's School of Aviation Medicine (U.S.NAMI) in Pensacola, Florida. While at U.S. NAMI, Bartlett invented a series of break-through respiratory support equipment. He holds the basic patents for rebreathing equipment which recycle the oxygen from exhaled air in closed systems. This technological advance extends oxygen supplies and makes them portable. Bartlett's inventions are critical components of the equipment that supplies oxygen to astronauts, pilots, and fire/rescue personnel.

In 1961, Bartlett returned to Maryland and to farming after purchasing a 145-acre dairy farm on the Monocacy River in Frederick County. While running his farm, he worked at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) as director of a new 30-member research group in Space Life Sciences. The group designed and conducted a series of pioneering research experiments that contributed to NASA's Gemini, Mercury and successful Apollo missions to land men on the moon and bring them back safely to earth.

Dr. Bartlett later joined IBM and worked there on numerous biomedical engineering projects. With IBM's assistance, he formed his own research and development company, Roscoe Bartlett and Associates. He also taught anatomy and physiology to nursing students at Frederick Community College. His company later diversified into land development and home construction. Over ten years, his firm built more than 100 homes in Frederick County, many of them solar powered.

In 1999, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) awarded Dr. Bartlett its Jeffries Aerospace Medicine and Life Sciences Research Award. Recognizing the importance of scientific aeronautics and space discoveries to the field of medicine, the award was established in 1940 in honor of Dr. John Jeffries, the American physician who made the earliest recorded scientific observations from the air. It is presented annually by the association to recognize outstanding career research accomplishments in aerospace medicine and space life sciences.

Dr. Bartlett's citation for the Jeffries award reads: "For pioneering contributions to aeronautical and aerospace medicine through more than 20 patented inventions on respiratory support and safety devices used by pilots, astronauts, rescue workers, pioneering NASA life-sciences space experiments, and over 100 publications."

Bartlett continues to raise sheep and goats on his farm and commutes the 50 miles to Washington, D.C. when Congress is in session.


Title Purchase Contributor

Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Sep 20, 2013 05:00am News Roscoe Bartlett goes off the grid  Article RBH 

Importance? 6.50000 Average

Wife Ellen L. Bartlett 00, 0000-
Son Joseph R. Bartlett 1969-

  11/06/2012 MD - District 06 Lost 37.90% (-20.87%)
  04/03/2012 MD District 06 - R Primary Won 43.59% (+23.81%)
  11/02/2010 MD District 6 Won 61.45% (+28.23%)
  09/14/2010 MD District 6 - R Primary Won 69.84% (+54.00%)
  11/04/2008 MD District 6 Won 57.76% (+18.97%)
  02/12/2008 MD District 6 - R Primary Won 77.64% (+69.09%)
  11/07/2006 MD District 6 Won 58.97% (+20.53%)
  09/12/2006 MD District 6 - R Primary Won 79.27% (+58.53%)
  11/02/2004 MD District 6 Won 67.38% (+37.92%)
  03/02/2004 MD District 6 - R Primary Won 70.27% (+40.54%)
  11/05/2002 MD District 6 Won 66.11% (+32.31%)
  11/07/2000 MD District 6 Won 60.65% (+21.40%)
  03/07/2000 MD District 6 - R Primary Won 77.80% (+55.61%)
  11/03/1998 MD District 6 Won 63.42% (+26.83%)
  11/05/1996 MD District 6 Won 56.83% (+13.66%)
  03/05/1996 MD District 6 - R Primary Won 85.23% (+76.88%)
  11/08/1994 MD District 6 Won 65.95% (+31.90%)
  09/09/1994 MD District 6 - R Primary Won 84.39% (+73.50%)
  11/03/1992 MD District 6 Won 54.13% (+8.34%)
  03/03/1992 MD District 6 - R Primary Won 42.35% (+1.78%)
  11/02/1982 MD District 6 Lost 25.61% (-48.78%)
  09/14/1982 MD District 6 - R Primary Won 52.34% (+22.37%)
  05/13/1980 MD US Senate - R Primary Lost 7.31% (-47.65%)
RNC Chairman - Jan 30, 2009 R Michael Steele
MD Slots - Nov 04, 2008 NO No
MD US President - R Primary - Mar 07, 2000 R M.S. "Steve" Forbes
US President - R Primaries - Jul 01, 2000 R Dan Quayle
US President - R Primaries - Jul 01, 2000 R M.S. "Steve" Forbes
C00255190 Bartlett for Congress Committee $ 0.00