The US elected 7 new scientists to Congress last night, including an ocean expert, a nurse, and a biochemist. Here's the full list.
When the 116th Congress heads to Washington in January, there will be a record number of women in the ranks: at least 111, according to Axios. The halls of legislature will also boast America's first Muslim women in Congress, the first Somali-American, and the first Native American women.There will be more scientists, too.
On Tuesday, seven new science-credentialed candidates were elected: one new Senator and six new members of the House. Full results are not yet available in Washington state, where a pediatrician is also likely to be elected to the House.
In Congress right now, there is one PhD physicist, one microbiologist, and one chemist. There are also eight engineers and one PhD mathematician. The medical professions are slightly better represented, with three nurses and 15 doctors.
The new winners will bolster those
"Scientists are essentially problem-solvers," Shaughnessy Naughton, president of 314 Action, told Business Insider before the election results came in.
Since Congress often wrestles with complex issues like climate change, cybersecurity, and how to provide fairer, cheaper healthcare, Naughton thinks the US should put more scientists into the decision-making body."Who better to be tackling these issues than scientists?" she said.
Here's what to know about the new scientists heading to The Hill.