The 117th U.S. Congress, sworn in this month, includes 19 lawmakers with engineering educations or backgrounds, says the National Society of Professional Engineers. They represent the coasts and the heartland, and disciplines such as industrial, civil and biochemical.
Why does it matter?
The new Congress will take up issues from infrastructure to cybersecurity to the digital economy. Understanding complex technical details underlying legislation is essential. Engineers also bring a unique capacity for problem solving and a willingness to follow the data, qualities that make for strong leaders.
Want to see NSPE’s full list of engineers on the Hill? Read on.
– Melissa Mathews, The Engineering 100