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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

February 14, 2020 In The News

Researchers are raising questions about the growing array of new digital tools employers are using to streamline the hiring process.

"Proponents of new technologies assert that digital tools eliminate bias and discrimination by attempting to remove humans from the process, but technology is not developed or used in a vacuum," said Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore. "A growing body of evidence suggests that left unchecked, digital tools can absorb and replicate systemic biases that are ingrained in the environment in which they are designed."

January 27, 2020 In The News

The lunch brought together elected leaders at every level of government to talk about expanding broadband internet. 

Bonamici addressed the dispute at the lunch, saying, "We need to resolve that. I know there's legislation to overturn the FCC ruling. I've heard from many municipalities about their concerns it's a loss of revenue, it's a loss of local control. We have to work together. Access to broadband, particularly rural broadband is a refreshingly bipartisan issue."

December 16, 2019 Press Release

 

BEAVERTON, OR [12/16/19] — Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), a member of the House Education and Science Committees, announced that Sanjana Ilango of Westview High School won the Congressional App Challenge for Oregon’s First Congressional District.

 

November 14, 2019 In The News

Patricia Reser came more than ready to make her dream of a regional arts center in Beaverton a reality

Two years from now, the doors will open for the center, which her family foundation is the major donor at $13 million. The amount is about half the total raised from individuals, businesses and foundations. The other $21 million will come from city revenue bonds, repaid from city lodging taxes.

November 12, 2019 In The News

The daughter of a music teacher, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici knows that the arts strengthen STEM and vice versa. “Integrating the arts into STEM education inspires more critical thinking, which we need to maintain our country’s spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship,” she says.

October 18, 2019 In The News

Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) discusses her top tech priorities toward empowering the next generation of government IT workers. Initiatives include advocating for widespread education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) plus the integration of arts — through efforts like the Congressional App Challenge.

October 10, 2019 In The News

Hundreds of students visited the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research & Development facility in Scappoose on Friday, Oct. 4, meeting with potential employers and learning about educational opportunities in the trades on Manufacturing Day's second anniversary.

October 10, 2019 In The News

A Portland-based industrial company completed the construction of a first of its kind renewable wave energy device.

“As we transition to a clean energy economy we have to recognize the wonderful potential and the great potential of marine energy can help us meet our clean energy needs but also create so many good paying jobs,” Oregon Democratic Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici said.

October 4, 2019 In The News

Friday is National Manufacturing Day and the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center in Columbia County is hosting an event to get high school students interested in manufacturing careers.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici will also speak to students Friday morning.

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.