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Technology and Innovation

The First Congressional District is home to some of our country’s most innovative companies including technology leaders like Intel, which developed the world’s first microprocessor more than 40 years ago, Nike, a trailblazer in footwear innovation, and multiple, innovative small businesses. Companies in the First District are continually developing new and exciting products. As a Member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I will do everything I can to partner with our local innovators—in the tech sector and beyond—to support their efforts and advance projects that benefit our communities. 

In 2013 I founded and now Co-Chair the bipartisan STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) Caucus to promote creativity and innovation by integrating art and design into STEM education programs. I frequently meet with business leaders and innovators and hear about the need for collaborative problem solvers who can communicate and come up with new ways to solve problems. Additionally, STEAM education builds a more inclusive environment that supports a greater diversity of students while fostering an entrepreneurial approach that strengthens our workforce.

Efforts to dismiss and disrespect science will have chilling consequences for every person who benefits from clean air and clean water, particularly and disproportionately young children, seniors, and the health-impaired. As a member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I am doing everything that I can to fight efforts to undercut scientific integrity and stand up for science and research.

Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is about keeping the internet open and fair for everyone. I’m fighting in Congress to protect net neutrality, and I’ll continue to urge the Federal Communications Commission to maintain Title II protections and a level playing field for consumers, innovators, and small businesses.


More on Technology and Innovation

September 2, 2019 In The News

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici is inviting students from area middle or high schools to participate in the Congressional App Challenge.

The competition gives students a chance to show off their computer science and coding skills, developing an app for mobile, tablet or computer devices.

It encourages students who are part of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) programs to participate and create their own app.

August 20, 2019 Press Release
"Participating in the Congressional App Challenge is a great way for students to learn new skills and showcase their potential."
May 2, 2019 In The News

Even before he enters high school, Rishab Jain was recognized as America's top young scientist and one of Time magazine's 25 most influential teens of 2018.

Heady stuff.

Rishab, 14, is an eighth grader at Stoller Middle School in Beaverton.

Rishab envisions a future as a doctor or a biotechnical engineer.

May 1, 2019 In The News

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee advanced four bills targeting ocean acidification today, as well as one measure to ensure the Department of Energy includes water conservation and use in demonstration and research projects.

April 7, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, a longtime advocate of adding the arts to science education, got a firsthand look at what students are learning.

Bonamici stopped Friday at Imlay Elementary School in Hillsboro, where fourth-grade students of Brooke Godfrey were learning about fish. The lesson, taught by environmental educator Tonya McLean of the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, gave students an opportunity to pick up a fish.

April 2, 2019 In The News

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told a Congressional committee on Tuesday that President Trump’s accelerated timeline to put humans back on the Moon is within the space agency’s capabilities, and that a revved-up lunar mission will improve the odds of American astronauts reaching Mars by 2033. For that to happen, however, Bridenstine said Congress will have to provide some extra funding—the exact amount of which NASA is still trying to figure out.

March 20, 2019 In The News

The major energy project slated for Morrow County is going to have a ripple effect — with the capacity for more battery storage than any other facility in the country. With that surge in power storage will come funds for local schools’ science, technology and art programs.

November 30, 2018 In The News

Climate parlance like ‘2C threshold’ and ‘anthropogenic emissions’ hardly stir emotions.

June 8, 2018 In The News

Three state lawmakers and the mayor of Scappoose convened Friday, June 1, at the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center for an update on operations and progress.

The luncheon and site tour, organized by Craig Campbell, executive director of the OMIC, saw visits from Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Sen. Betsy Johnson, state Rep. Brad Witt, and Scappoose Mayor Scott Burge.

Visitors saw toolmakers and displays of machines, including a recently acquired M80 Millturn made by Austrian company WFL.

The $3 million piece of manufacturing equipment was delivered in April.