Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., walks down the House steps. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Retiring Rep. Rush D. Holt, D-N.J., will become chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science starting next year.
Holt, whose background is as a physicist, will replace long-time CEO Alan I. Leshner who announced his retirement earlier this year.
From the CQ Profile on Holt:
From his post on the Education and the Workforce Committee, Holt has actively promoted math and science education. Holt wrote several science and technology provisions in a 2008 higher education law, including a program providing loan forgiveness for students committed to serve in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields after graduation….
More federal attention should go to professional development programs for teachers, Holt said. When panel Republicans pushed two bills in 2012 as part of an attempted education law rewrite, Holt said they “ignored science education altogether.” He introduced legislation in 2011 and 2013 to provide certain full-time school teachers of STEM courses with a tax credit for 10 percent of their undergraduate tuition.
On his claim to fame outside of Congress:
Outside of his congressional accomplishments, Holt’s claim to fame might be his five wins on the TV quiz show “Jeopardy!” In 2011, he beat the IBM Watson computer in a round of the game show. “I didn’t expect to win,” Holt said. “This Watson software is a really pretty important step, and it was an opportunity to highlight research.”
More on Holt here and here.