Leadership: Though his state is far from the ocean his Chairmanship of the Science and Technology committee makes Rep. Gordon a key to ensuring a healthy ocean environment. His history of seeking bipartisanship support makes him an effective leader. Rep. Gordon’s work to improve our country through the promotion of science and education has led to the introduction of H.R. 2272 (America COMPETES Act) that in part calls for improvements in Ocean research and education. More directly he has cosponsored H.R. 1187 (Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Boundary Modification and Protection Act) and H.R. 1310 (Clean Water Protection Act). In the current Congress, Rep. Gordon sponsored H.R. 3598 (Energy and Water Research Integration Act), H.R. 1145 (National Water Research and Development Initiative Act of 2009) and H.R. 2407 (National Climate Service Act of 2009).