Being a member of the US House of Representatives or Senate is typically a full-time gig. Being a congressional member is also, usually, a second (or third or fourth or…) career. That’s right! Congressional members typically do not spring forth fully formed politicians.
A congressional member’s previous career is always interesting, if only because it indicates their area of expertise and/or interest. A member’s background is even more interesting if they’re a Super Member, i.e. a member of the newly formed “Super Committee“.
What I found most interesting about the Super Committee is that it’s 100% chemical-free. Just kidding! We all know how ridiculous the phrase “chemical-free” is. The Super Committee is chemist-free. And physicist-free. And biologist-free. And mathematician-free. Hell, it’s 100% scientist- and engineer-free. I don’t know about you, but this makes me nervous. How will science funding fare in this committee?
Editorial Materials & Methodsm Previous careers and degree earned were collected from biographies available on each members’ website, other government websites or alumni websites. If a member’s career history was comprised entirely of elected positions, their previous career is listed as “politician”. During the production of this post, the author enjoyed a few cups of coffee.