Democracy Awards

Innovation and Technology

During his time as a state legislator, Mark chaired a Select Committee on Excellence and Innovation in State Government to find creative solutions to the California’s budget and governance challenges.

One of his first priorities in Congress was to launch the Innovation and Human Condition Caucus to focus on the nexus between developing technologies, the human experience, and federal policy. As part of his work on the caucus, Mark has visited innovation hubs such as UC Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Facebook, Twitter, Google, among others.

Congressman DeSaulnier is also member of the House Science and National Labs Caucus, which concentrates on reinforcing federal investment in research and the national laboratories, as well as raise awareness about the role laboratories play in long-term economic growth.

Working for You

Mark is a strong supporter of robust funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, local national labs like Berkley and Lawrence Livermore, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant). 

He is a sponsor of the American Innovation Act (H.R. 1398), which would protect American competitiveness by increasing funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense Science and Technology programs, among others.

He is an advocate of the Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act (H.R. 4803), which encourages the recruitment and retention of women and minority students into STEM fields.