Wilson named to science panel



U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, D-6th, was selected to serve on the House Science and Technology Committee.
The House Democratic Caucus made the appointment Tuesday.
The committee, formerly called the Science Committee, has jurisdiction over energy research and development as well as the commercial application of energy technology.
"Now more than ever, we must look for responsible solutions that take us on the road to energy independence," said Wilson, of St. Clairsville. "I strongly believe the workers and resources of the 6th District can play a crucial role in achieving this important goal."
Several companies are looking at the 12-county congressional district -- which includes all of Columbiana and a portion of Mahoning County -- to locate coal-to-liquid facilities, Wilson said. There also is discussion of developing ethanol fuel facilities in the district, he said.
"I am eager to help ensure these projects come to completion, and a seat on the Science and Technology Committee would be a terrific opportunity for me to highlight Ohio's potential in addressing our nation's energy needs," Wilson said.
The House Democratic Caucus tapped Wilson last month for a seat on the House Financial Services Committee. The committee oversees finance-related agencies such as the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Treasury and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as well as the banking and insurance industries.
U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-4th, of McCandless, Pa., secured a seat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. His district includes Lawrence County and part of Mercer County.

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