John Porter (Illinois politician)

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John Porter
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 10th district
In office
January 22, 1980 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by Abner J. Mikva
Succeeded by Mark Kirk
Personal details
Born John Edward Porter
(1935-06-01) June 1, 1935 (age 81)
Evanston, Illinois
Political party Republican
Alma mater Northwestern University
University of Michigan Law School
Profession Attorney

John Edward Porter is a former Partner and currently a Senior Advisor in the International law firm of Hogan Lovells. He served 21 years[1] as U.S. Congressman for the 10th district in Illinois, where he served on the United States House Committee on Appropriations and as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. Under his subcommittee’s jurisdiction were all the health programs and agencies, including National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), except U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and all of the education programs and agencies of the federal government. During his chairmanship he led efforts resulting in doubling funding for the NIH.

He was founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus,[2] a voluntary association of more than 250 Members of Congress working to identify, monitor, and end human rights violations worldwide. He co-authored legislation creating Radio Free Asia and served as Chair of the Global Legislators Organized for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE USA).

He chairs Research ! America and is Vice-Chair of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. He is member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and for 32 years, was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was Chairman of PBS, a trustee of the Brookings Institution and served on the boards of the RAND Corporation, the American Heart Association, the PBS Foundation, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Among over 275 awards for his service in Congress is the Mary Wood Lasker Award for Public Service.

Before his election to Congress, Porter served in the Illinois House of Representatives and prior to that as an Honor Law Graduate Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Kennedy Administration. He attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate of Northwestern University and, with distinction of the University of Michigan Law School. Porter has ten honorary degrees.

The 845,00 square foot John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center on the campus of the National Institutes of Health is named in his honor. It was dedicated on March 31, 2014. Porter is the 2014 recipient of the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal, the Academy’s highest honor.

Involvement in science[edit]

In 2000, he was awarded The Mary Woodard Lasker Public Service Award "for wise and perceptive leadership on behalf of medical research funding and a deep commitment to strengthening the science enterprise." He has also received the Albert Sabin Hero of Science Award from Americans for Medical Progress for his consistent advocacy for medical research.


  1. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1977-1978, Biographical Sketch of Representatives John Edward Porter, pg. 69
  2. ^ "About the Committee". Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Abner J. Mikva
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
Mark Kirk