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July 11, 2016

Congressional Hall of Fame

These 10 Representatives and 10 Senators Are This Year’s All Stars in Supporting Research Funding

Congressional Hall of Fame

These esteemed members of Congress have proven capable of matching words with deeds. [house.gov]

  • With the $2 billion boost in NIH’s budget approved last December as part of a budget deal for the current federal fiscal year—and more importantly, with talk of another significant boost in the agency’s budget in FY2017—support for basic science research is one of the few areas that appear to transcend the hyper-partisanship that marks much of Congress’ work these days.

    But it’s one thing for representatives and senators to offer words on backing basic science with big bucks. That has been increasingly the case since the 2013 federal government shutdown wrought by across-the-board spending cuts or sequestration. However, some members of Congress have proven at least as capable of matching those words with deeds as well.

    Those members are the 10 representatives and 10 senators who appear on this year’s members of the GEN Congressional Hall of Fame based on their support of federal spending for research in biopharma and/or all sciences. The Hall of Fame measures that support in part through awards by groups that champion greater research spending, including industry groups, umbrella organizations focused on research advocacy, disease-based advocacy groups, and groups based outside biopharma who recognize senators and representatives for their broad overall support for research funding for all sciences.

    This year’s Hall of Fame list adds a new wrinkle in measuring that support—namely participation as members or co-chairs in caucuses focused on addressing funding for biomedical research—whether in and of itself, or as part of a commitment to broader science research, or through a focus on a specific disease or class of diseases.

    In a few instances, the list includes other examples of recognition, such as public praise by an institution. The list of awards and honors was compiled through online searches of the members’ biographies, as well as of announcements on organizations’ web pages, lists of past winners maintained by the organizations, and membership lists published online by the caucuses. As with GEN’s first such list in 2013, and its previous Congressional Hall of Fame last year, this list does not purport to be an exhaustive list of such honors and awards.

  • HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    Rep. Gus Bilirakis
    R-FL
    House Congenital Heart Caucus, founder and chairman
    Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, member
    Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease, member
    Congressional Arthritis Caucus, member
    Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, member
    Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, member
    Congressional Caucus on Diabetes, member
    Congressional Mitochondrial Disease Caucus, member
    Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, member
    TB Elimination Caucus, member
    Rare Disease Legislative Advocates, Congressional Leadership Award, 2015

    Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D.
    R-TX
    Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, House co-chair
    Congressional Arthritis Caucus, member
    Congressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers, member
    Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, member
    Congressional Crohn’s and Colitis Caucus, member
    Congressional Caucus on Diabetes, member
    Congressional Research and Development Caucus, member
    Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, member
    Parkinson’s Action Network (since integrated into The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research), Morris K. Udall Award for Public Service, 2015
    Rare Disease Legislative Advocates, Congressional Leadership Award, 2013
    Alzheimer’s Association, Humanitarian Award, 2012
    Digestive Disease National Coalition, Distinguished Public Service Award, 2012
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Coalition, Congressional Champion Award, 2011

    Rep. Diana DeGette
    D-CO
    Congressional Caucus on Diabetes, co-chair
    Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, member
    Congressional COPD Caucus, member
    Congressional Research and Development Caucus, member
    Alliance for Biosecurity, Congressional Biosecurity Champion Award, 2016
    American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award, 2016
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2015 U.S. Representative of the Year, 2016
    Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Champion, 2016
    Tracy’s Kids, Courage Award, 2016
    Alliance for Aging Research, Claude Pepper Award for Advancing Healthy Aging, 2015
    Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI), Champion for Cures Award, 2015
    Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA), Champion Award, 2015
    Parkinson’s Action Network (since integrated into The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research), Morris K. Udall Award for Public Service, 2015
    Rare Disease Legislative Advocates, Congressional Leadership Award, 2015
    Research!America, Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy, 2015
    American Society of Hematology (ASH), Public Service Award, 2013
    Cancer Leadership Award, presented jointly by American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), AACI, Friends of Cancer Research, and the Oncology Nursing Society, 2012

    Rep. Rosa DeLauro
    D-CT
    Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, Senate co-chair
    Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, member
    Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, member
    Congressional Caucus on Diabetes, member
    Congressional Ovarian Cancer Caucus, co-founder
    ASBMB, Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award, 2015
    Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, Visionary Empowerment award, 2015
    One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), Congressional Cancer Champion Award, 2014
    Peggy Lillis Foundation, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014
    American Association for Cancer Research, invited to address Rally for Medical Research, 2013
    American Association of Immunologists, Public Service Award, 2013
    ASCO, AACR, AACI, and Friends of Cancer Research, honoree for continued commitment to and leadership in funding for cancer research and biomedical science, 2013
    American Psychological Association, Congressional Champion Award, 2012
    American Public Health Association, Distinguished Legislator of the Year, 2012
    The Science Coalition, Champion of Science, 2012
    United for Medical Research (UMR), Profile of Promise, 2011

    Rep. Anna Eshoo
    D-CA
    Congressional Arthritis Caucus, co-chair
    Congressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers, co-chair
    Bicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, member
    Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, member
    Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, member
    Congressional Caucus on Diabetes, member
    Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, member
    Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Congressional Champion of Hope Award, 2013
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Coalition, Congressional Champion Award, 2011
    Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Legislator of the Year, 2010
    California Healthcare Institute (now merged into California Life Sciences Association), Champion for

    Rep. David McKinley
    R-WV
    Congressional Arthritis Caucus, co-chair
    Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, member
    Congressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers, member
    Congressional Caucus on Diabetes, member
    Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, member
    Science, Engineering and Technology Work Group (SETWG), George E. Brown Jr. Science, Engineering and Technology Leadership Award, 2016
    AACR, co-host and supporter of briefing “Saving Lives in the New Era of Precision Medicine,” held to stimulate additional support for President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, 2015
    AACR, Distinguished Public Service Award, 2014
    American College of Rheumatology, Award for Leaders in Rheumatology, 2014
    Arthritis Foundation, Advocacy Leadership Award, 2014
    HFA, Champion Award, 2014
    Immune Deficiency Foundation, Public Policy Award, 2014
    National Hemophilia Foundation, Dr. L. Michael Kuhn Award, 2014
    Lupus Foundation of America, Distinguished Leadership Award, 2013
    Patient Services Inc., Award for commitment and leadership to health policy issues that have helped patients, 2013
    Rare Disease Legislative Advocates, Congressional Leadership Award, 2013

    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
    R-WA
    Congressional Neuroscience Caucus, co-chair
    Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome, co-chair
    Down Syndrome Caucus, co-chair
    Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, member
    Congressional Arthritis Caucus, member
    Congressional Caucus on Diabetes, member
    United Spinal Association, Junius A. Kellogg Outstanding Congressional Leadership Award, 2014
    Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award, 2013
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2012 U.S. Representative of the Year, 2013
    American Psychological Association, Congressional Champion Award, 2012

    Rep. David Price
    D-NC
    Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, member
    Congressional Arthritis Caucus, member
    Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, member
    Congressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers, member
    Congressional Caucus on Diabetes, member
    Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, member
    Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, member
    Congressional COPD Caucus, member
    Congressional Crohn’s and Colitis Caucus, member
    Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, member
    TB Elimination Caucus, member
    BIO, Legislator of the Year, 2011

    Rep. Fred Upton
    R-MI
    Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, member
    Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, member
    Congressional Caucus on Diabetes, member
    Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, member
    Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, member
    Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, member
    ASBMB, Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award, 2016
    Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Champion, 2016
    Tracy’s Kids, Courage Award, 2016
    AACI, Champion for Cures Award, 2015
    HFA, Champion Award, 2015
    Parkinson’s Action Network (since integrated into The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research), Morris K. Udall Award for Public Service, 2015
    Rare Disease Legislative Advocates, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015
    Research!America, Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy, 2015
    National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), Public Health Leadership Award, 2014
    Society of Toxicology, Congressional Science Leadership Award, 2014
    Alliance for Aging Research, Distinguished Public Service Award, 2012
    California Healthcare Institute (now merged into California Life Sciences Association), Chairman’s Award, 2012
    BIO, Legislator of the Year, 2011

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen
    D-MD
    Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, co-chair
    Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome, co-chair
    Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, member
    Congressional Arthritis Caucus, member
    Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, member
    Congressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers, member
    Congressional Caucus on Diabetes, member
    Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, member
    Congressional COPD Caucus, member
    Congressional Crohn’s and Colitis Caucus, member
    Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, member
    Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus, member
    Congressional Research and Development Caucus, member
    Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, member
    TB Elimination Caucus, member
    American College of Cardiology, Legislator of the Year, 2014
    Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, Legislator of the Year, 2013
    Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award, 2013
    American Association of Immunologists, Public Service Award, 2011
    Parkinson’s Action Network (since integrated into The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research), Morris K. Udall Award for Public Service, 2011

  • SENATE

    Sen. Sherrod Brown
    D-OH
    Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, member
    Bipartisan Senate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, member
    Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, member
    OVAC, Congressional Cancer Champion Award, 2015
    American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network, National Distinguished Advocacy Award, 2014
    NORD, Public Health Leadership Award, 2014
    AACR, Distinguished Public Service Award, 2012
    ASCO, Public Service Award, 2011

    Sen. Richard Burr
    R-NC
    Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, member
    Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, member
    National Kidney Foundation, honoree at Congressional Dinner, 2016
    AACI, honored for support of cancer research, 2015
    Research!America, Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy, 2013
    National Down Syndrome Society, Champion of Change, 2013
    ASBMB, Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award, 2012

    Sen. Bob Casey
    D-PA
    Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome, co-chair
    AACR, Distinguished Public Service Award, 2015
    NORD, Public Health Leadership Award, 2015
    Research!America Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy, 2013
    ASBMB, Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award, 2012
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2011 U.S. Senator of the Year, 2012
    BIO, Legislator of the Year, 2011
    UMR, Profile of Promise, 2011
    ASH, Public Service Award, 2011

    Sen. Susan Collins
    R-ME
    Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, Senate co-chair
    Congressional COPD Caucus, member
    Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, member
    American Association of Diabetes Educators, Legislative Champion Award, 2014
    Alzheimer’s Association, Humanitarian Award, 2011
    American Diabetes Association, 2010 Distinguished Leadership in Diabetes Policy Award, 2011

    Sen. Mike Crapo
    R-ID
    Congressional COPD Caucus, co-chair
    Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, member
    Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, co-chair
    Alzheimer's Association, Humanitarian Award, 2015
    Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Champion, 2015
    Kidney Care Partners, public praise for co-sponsoring the "The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act" (S. 598), 2015
    U.S. COPD Coalition, Congressional Recognition, 2011

    Sen. Richard J. Durbin
    D-IL
    Congressional COPD Caucus, co-chair
    Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, co-chair
    Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, member
    Bipartisan Senate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, member
    Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, member
    National Kidney Foundation, honoree at Congressional Dinner, 2015
    The Science Coalition, Champion of Science, 2015
    AACI, Distinguished Public Service Award, 2014 
    American Association of Immunologists, Public Service Award, 2013
    UMR, public praise for introducing amendment to raise NIH funding in FY 2014 Budget Resolution, 2013
    Research!America, Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy, 2011

    Sen. Orrin Hatch
    R-UT
    Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, Senate co-chair
    Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, member
    Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, member
    Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Legislative Champion Award, 2016
    NORD, Public Health Leadership Award, 2016
    BioUtah, Public Service Award, 2013
    Utah Technology Leaders For Senator Hatch, endorsement, 2012
    Friends of Cancer Research, Congressional Leadership Award, 2011

    Sen. Edward Markey
    D-MA
    Bipartisan Alzheimer’s Task Force, founder and co-chair
    Senate Cystic Fibrosis Caucus, co-founder
    Congressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus, co-founder
    Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, Senate co-chair
    Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, member
    Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, member
    Alzheimer’s Association, Humanitarian Award, 2015
    National Foundation for Cancer Research, Szent-Györgyi Prize Keynote Speaker, 2015
    Association of Independent Research Institutes, Public Service Award, 2013
    The Science Coalition, Champion of Science, 2012
    AACR, ASCO, AACI, and Friends of Cancer Research, award for “longstanding commitment to biomedical research and the National Institutes of Health,” 2011

    Sen. Barbara Mikulski
    D-MD
    Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, member
    Bipartisan Senate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, member
    Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, member
    AACI, honored for support of cancer research, 2015
    ASH, Public Service Award, 2014
    UMR, public praise for introducing amendment to raise NIH funding in FY 2014 Budget Resolution, 2013
    Research!America Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy winner 2012
    Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, public praise for resolution urging the U.S. Postal Service to issue a stamp to fund Alzheimer’s disease research at NIH, 2011

    Sen. Jerry Moran
    R-KS
    Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome, co-chair
    Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, member
    Congressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers, member
    Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, member
    ASBMB, Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award, 2015
    Alzheimer’s Association, Humanitarian Award, 2014
    Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award, 2014
    The Science Coalition, Champion of Science, 2014
    Alliance for Aging Research, Distinguished Public Service Award, 2013
    UMR, public praise for introducing amendment to raise NIH funding in FY 2014 Budget Resolution, 2013;
    AACI, Distinguished Public Service Award, 2012
    OVAC, Congressional Cancer Champion Award, 2012
    AACR, Distinguished Public Service Award, 2011

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