Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-Kan.) lost her seat to Republican Lynn Jenkins. Boyda earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from William Jewell College in 1977, and worked for the Environmental Protection Agency as an analytical chemist before being elected to the House in 2006.
Fortunately, Congress’ lone chemistry Ph.D. was able to keep his seat. So Rep. John Olver (D-Mass.) will become the sole chemist on Capitol Hill next year. He was reelected on Tuesday, receiving 73% of the votes cast in his district. Olver is a Ph.D. electrochemist from MIT and has been in the House since 1991.
The already low number of scientists holding seats in the House of Representatives took a hit on Tuesday.