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Vernon Ehlers


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 3rd district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
December 7, 1993
Preceded by Paul Henry

Born February 6, 1934 (1934-02-06) (age 75)
Pipestone, Minnesota
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Johanna Ehlers
Residence Grand Rapids, Michigan
Alma mater Calvin College, University of California, Berkeley
Occupation college professor
Religion Christian Reformed Church

Vernon James "Vern" Ehlers (born February 6, 1934) is a United States politician and a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives. He has represented Michigan's 3rd congressional district ([1]) since 1993. The district is based in Grand Rapids, and had once been represented by former President Gerald Ford (the district was numbered as the 5th District at the time).

Born in Pipestone, Minnesota, Vern Ehlers attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids for three years before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned an undergraduate degree in physics and, in 1960, a Ph.D. in nuclear physics. The title of his doctoral dissertation is "The nuclear spins and moments of several radioactive gallium isotopes" and is available from University Microfilms International as document number 0227304. After six years of teaching and research at Berkeley, he moved back to Michigan and took employment at Calvin College in 1966 where he taught physics for 16 years and later served as chairman of the Physics Department.

Chairman Ehlers greets Ranking Member Juanita Millender-McDonald at a hearing of the House Administration Committee.

He began his political career in 1974 while still at Calvin, when he was elected to the Kent County board of commissioners. He served four terms, then spent 10 years in the Michigan state legislature — two years in the state house and eight in the state senate.

In 1993, he won a special election for the 3rd District, which had been vacant since Congressman Paul B. Henry died six months into his fifth term. He won a full term in 1994 and has been reelected six times with little significant Democratic opposition.

Ehlers served as chairman of the House Administration Committee in the 109th Congress after Bob Ney resigned from the position. In the 110th Congress, he serves as the ranking member of the committee. On the Science and Technology Committee, he serves as ranking member of the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education. He is also a member of the Education and Labor Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Ehlers is a moderate Republican. According to the National Journal, in 2006 his votes split 50-50 between "liberal" and "conservative." While strongly anti-abortion and supportive of lowering taxes, he is willing to break with his party on environmental and government spending issues. He is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership and Republicans for Environmental Protection.

Ehlers is a staunch advocate of a federal prohibition of online poker. In 2006, he cosponsored H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act[1] and H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.[2]

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Caucus memberships

  • Co-chair of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Ed Caucus

Selected Publications

Lead Authored Articles in Scientific Journals

Articles on Science Policy

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Paul B. Henry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 3rd congressional district

1993–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Ney
Ohio
Chairman of the House Administration Committee
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Juanita Millender-McDonald
California

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