New congressional members with science backgrounds may help shape national policy

What do a nuclear engineer and a registered nurse have in common? They just got elected to Congress. At least seven people with science backgrounds won their races for seats in the United States House of Representatives in yesterday’s general election.

This year, record numbers of scientists, medical professionals, and engineers decided to run for office. In the elections for the House of Representatives, 48 of these candidates made it to the primaries, and 18 of them made it to the general election, Science magazine reports.

Many (but certainly not all) individuals in this wave of candidate-scientists were inspired to run because they felt that science is political. For these candidates, their political ambitions were sparked in…

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