Grand Rapids, Michigan , United States
|| February 06, 1934
|Died||August 15, 2017
Feb 06, 2021 11:57pm
Caucasian - Married - Christian - Protestant - Straight -
|Info||Full name: Vernon James "Vern" Ehlers |
Elected to the State House of Representatives from the 93rd District in 1984.
Elected to the State Senate from the 32nd District in a March 26, 1985 special election, and re-elected in 1986 and 1990.
U.S. Representative Vernon J. Ehlers of Grand Rapids was first elected to the 103rd Congress in a special election on December 7, 1993 and most recently was sworn into office for his fourth full term on January 3, 2001.
Ehlers came to Congress following a distinguished tenure of service in teaching, scientific research, and community service. He has served on various boards and commissions and was a member of the Michigan
House and Senate. The first research physicist in Congress, Ehlers has been recognized for his strong work ethic and proven leadership skills in his duties on Capitol Hill.
As a member of the 107th Congress, Ehlers serves on five committees. He returns to the Science Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment, Technology and Standards. While on the Science Committee in 1997-1998 he was selected to rewrite the nation's science policy. He has also introduced the National Science Education Acts aimed at reforming our nation's K-12 science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education. In addition he is a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, where he blends his efforts with the Science Committee on improving math and science education. On the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Ehlers has led efforts to secure a fair funding formula and more dollars for Michigan's roads, highways, and transit systems. As a member of the House Administration Committee he has guided the program to revamp the House computer system, connect it to the Internet, and allow all citizens to access House documents. He also serves as Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library that advises officers of the Library of Congress and its departments. Ehlers has served on the Science Committee and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee since his arrival in Washington. He joined the House Administration Committee in 1995 and the Education and the Workforce Committee in 1999 and the Joint Committee on the Library in 2001.
After three years of studying at Calvin College, Ehlers received his undergraduate degree in physics and his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1960. After six years teaching and doing research at Berkeley, he moved to Calvin College in 1966 where he taught physics and later became chairman of the Physics Department.
He is married to Johanna Meulink and is the father of four adult children and the grandfather of three.