Committee jobs please Congressman-elect Bartlett

December 15, 1992|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Congressman-elect Roscoe Bartlett has been appointed to two House committees -- Armed Services and Science, Space and Technology.

He was not appointed to the committee that had been his first choice -- Energy and Commerce -- but said yesterday he is pleased nonetheless.

"I'm overwhelmed. I really got more than I wanted," he said.

Mr. Bartlett, a Frederick Republican who will represent the 6th District, still is waiting to hear whether he will be appointed to the Joint Economic Committee, also one of his first choices.

He also said he may be named to the Small Business Committee.

As a member of the Armed Services Committee, he follows in the footsteps of his predecessor, Rep. Beverly B. Byron, the Frederick Democrat who was defeated in the March primary in her bid for an eighth term.

Mrs. Byron was an active member of the committee and chaired its Subcommittee on Military Personnel and Compensation.

Mr. Bartlett, 66, said his work on both committees will benefit the residents of his district.

The 6th District includes Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Garrett and Allegany counties and part of Howard County.

He is one of 22 freshman congressmen appointed to the Science, Space and Technology Committee, which oversees NASA, the National Science Foundation, and scientific and environmental research.

Mr. Bartlett will bring a scientific background to his work. He is a retired teacher, researcher, inventor and homebuilder. He holds a number of patents, most of them on breathing support devices.

High-tech companies in the district could benefit from "the drive to exploit technology," he said.

He contended that the United States must continue to be in the forefront of scientific experimentation.

"No matter how tough our economy is, we need to be doing something exciting," Mr. Bartlett said.

Last year, the Science, Space and Technology committee authorized $40 billion for civilian science and technology projects, committee spokesman Rick E. Borchelt said.

Republican Constance A. Morella, who represents Maryland's 8th District, is the only other Maryland representative on the 54-member committee.

Mr. Bartlett said he will be the only Maryland representative on the Armed Services Committee. He is one of six freshmen appointed to the committee, which has about 20 members.

The Congressman-elect said he has begun to familiarize himself with Maryland's military installations. The 6th District has two active Army bases, Fort Detrick in Frederick County and Fort Ritchie in Washington County.

Building is going on at both installations, and they are not in danger of being closed, he said.

Mr. Bartlett said yesterday he hadn't talked to Mrs. Byron about the Armed Services Committee, but planned to do so.

Before he takes office Jan. 5, Mr. Bartlett is traveling throughout the district speaking to representatives of various groups.

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