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Chair of Science Panel to Leave Congress

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Science  18 Dec 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5960, pp. 1611
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5960.1611-a

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Saying that "it's time to do something else," the chair of the House Science and Technology Committee announced this week that he will retire at the end of 2010. Ending a 26-year career in Congress, Representative Bart Gordon (D–TN) leaves Democratic Party leaders scrambling to defend a seat in a Republican-leaning district and research lobbyists wondering how his successor will take to the role of spokesperson for science.