House Science and Technology Committee to be Chaired by Ralph Hall of Texas

Dec. 17, 2010 -- Rep. Ralph Hall will be the chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee for the 112th Congress, according to the New York Times. Hall, who represents Texas's 4th Congressional district, is currently serving as the ranking minority member on the committee.

The following are the top ten contributors to Hall's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Health Professionals $56,800
Oil & Gas $51,050
Lawyers/Law Firms $31,100
Electric Utilities $30,000
Banks and Credit $25,350
Air Transport $22,999
Real Estate $20,850
Electronics Mfg & Services $19,200
Agricultural Services/Products      $18,750
Defense Aerospace $17,500

Rep. Hall will be replacing the current chair of the Science and Technology Committee, Tennessee Democrat Bart Gordon. The following are the top ten contributors to Gordon's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Health Professionals $94,550
Electric Utilities $41,000
Lobbyists $24,800
Chemical & Related Manufacturing       $21,499
Lawyers/Law Firms $21,000
Public Sector Unions $20,500
Computers/Internet $20,000
TV/Movies/Music $19,500
Hospitals/Nursing Homes $17,500
Oil & Gas $13,500

Contributions above are for the last two years of available data, Oct 14, 2008 - Oct 13, 2010. Contributions from political parties and from other candidates are not included in the "Top 10" lists. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org).

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