Bonamici Statement on Retirement Announcement by Administrator Jane Lubchenco of NOAA
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) issued the following statement in response to Dr. Jane Lubchenco’s announcement that she will step down as the Administrator of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in February.
“Dr. Lubchenco’s tenure as Administrator at NOAA has been marked by significant achievements in the agency’s scientific and commercial missions, especially in her home state of Oregon. As a leader in the ecology and the study of how the world’s oceans impact our global climate, Dr. Lubchenco brought crucial scientific expertise to this important agency—including her emphasis on programs like salmon habitat restoration and marine debris mitigation that are especially important to Northwest Oregon. She also played a key role in bringing the NOAA Pacific Marine Operations Center to Newport, which created improved opportunities for NOAA researchers while giving an enormous boost to our state economy. Although Dr. Lubchenco’s contributions at NOAA will be sorely missed, I am excited to welcome her home to Oregon and look forward to her continuing work on marine ecology.”