|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 3rd district
December 7, 1993 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Paul Henry|
|Succeeded by||Justin Amash|
February 6, 1934 |
|Residence||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Alma mater||Calvin College, University of California, Berkeley|
|Religion||Christian Reformed Church|
Vernon James "Vern" Ehlers, Ph.D. (born February 6, 1934) is the former U.S. Representative for Michigan's 3rd congressional district, having served from 1993 until 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party.
The district, based in Grand Rapids, had once been represented by former President Gerald Ford (the district was numbered as the 5th District at the time). Ehlers was the first research physicist to be elected to Congress; he was later joined by Rush Holt, Jr. (D-NJ) and Bill Foster (D-IL)
- 1 Early life, education and career
- 2 Michigan Legislature
- 3 U.S. House of Representatives
- 4 Political positions
- 5 Political campaigns
- 6 Selected publications
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life, education and career
Born in Pipestone, Minnesota, 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. His doctoral dissertation, "The nuclear spins and moments of several radioactive gallium isotopes", 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.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on Education and Labor
- Committee on Science and Technology
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Co-chair of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Ed Caucus
- Peak Oil Caucus
A portrait of Ehlers during his service as chairman of the Administration Committee is in the House collection.
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. He was the only member of the Michigan Congressional delegation of either party to vote to raise fuel economy standards for automobiles in 2001 and 2005.
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 and H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.
In December 2010, Ehlers was one of fifteen Republican House members to vote in favor of repealing the United States military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly gay service members, and one of eight Republicans to vote for the DREAM Act.
In 1993 Ehlers 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 had been reelected six times with little significant Democratic opposition. Ehlers retired from Congress in 2010.
- V. J. Ehlers and A. Gallagher, Vernon; Gallagher, Alan (1973). "Electron Excitation of the Calcium 4227-Å Resonance Line". Physical Review A 7: 1573–1585. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.7.1573. ISSN 1050-2947.
- V. J. Ehlers, Y. Kabasakal, H. A. Shugart, O. Tezer, Vernon; Kabasakal, Yurdanur; Shugart, Howard; Tezer, Orhan (1968). "Hyperfine Structure of 67Ga and 72Ga". Physical Review 176: 25–42. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.176.25. ISSN 0031-899X.
- V. J. Ehlers, T. R. Fowler, H. A. Shugart, Vernon; Fowler, Thomas; Shugart, Howard (1968). "Nuclear Magnetic Moment of 85Rb: Resolving a Discrepancy". Physical Review 167 (4): 1062–1064. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.167.1062. ISSN 0031-899X.
- V. J. Ehlers, H. A. Shugart, Vernon; Shugart, Howard (1962). "Hyperfine-Structure Separations and Nuclear Moments of Gallium-68". Physical Review 127 (2): 529–536. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.127.529. ISSN 0031-899X.
- V. J. Ehlers, W. A. Nierenberg, H. A. Shugart, V.; Nierenberg, W.; Shugart, H. (1962). "Nuclear Spin of Gallium-70". Physical Review 125 (6): 2008–2012. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.125.2008. ISSN 0031-899X.
Articles on science policy
- Ehlers, Congressman Vernon J. (September 2000). "Science Education and Our Nation’s Future". BioScience 50 (9): 731. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2000)050[0731:SEAONS]2.0.CO;2. ISSN 0006-3568.
- Ehlers, V. J. (January 1998). "The Future of U.S. Science Policy". Science 279 (5349): 302. doi:10.1126/science.279.5349.302a.
- Cornelia Dean (2008-07-10). "Physicists in Congress Calculate Their Influence". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-11.
- "HR 507: The Peak Oil Caucus is working for you!". 2005-12-17.
- Vernon James Ehlers | U.S. House of Representatives: History, Arts & Archives
- Thomas (Library of Congress): HR 4411
- Thomas (Library of Congress): HR 4777
- Chris Geidner, House Passes DADT Repeal Bill, Metro Weekly (December 15, 2010),
- House Vote 638 - Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', New York Times (December 15, 2010)
- "Congressman Vern Ehlers Announces Retirement". February 10, 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
- Vern Ehlers for U.S. Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Profile at SourceWatch
|United States House of Representatives|
Paul B. Henry
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 3rd congressional district
|Chairman of the House Administration Committee