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Democrats Match GOP in Sending a Physicist to Washington

Science  13 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5392, pp. 1234-2135
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5392.1234

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Democrats now have a physicist of their own in the U.S. Congress. In an upset victory last Tuesday, Rush Holt, a one-time student of solar winds, edged out first-term Republican Mike Pappas to capture New Jersey's 12th district congressional seat. Holt joins Michigan Republican Vernon Ehlers, who easily won a fourth term, as the first two Ph.D. physicists elected to the House of Representatives.