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Vernon Ehlers

Vernon EhlersAKA Vernon James Ehlers

Born: 6-Feb-1934
Birthplace: Pipestone, MN
Died: 15-Aug-2017
Location of death: Grand Rapids, MI
Cause of death: Alzheimer's

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman from Michigan, 1993-2011

Physicist and state legislator elected to nine terms in US Congress beginning in 1993, filling the vacancy caused by the death of Congressman Paul B. Henry. Moderate Republican; anti-abortion rights, anti-gay rights, pro-gun rights, anti-net neutrality. Legislative back-bencher, mostly known for advocating and overseeing the implementation of software used to track legislation, amendments, transcripts, and Congressional floor vote tallies. Supported 1997 Kyoto Protocol to address climate change, 1998-99 Clinton impeachment, 2001 USA PATRIOT Act, 2002 Iraq War resolution, 2004 restriction to bankruptcy rules, 2005 Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), 2006 Secure Fence Act, 2008 GM/Chrysler bailout, 2008 Wall Street bailout; opposed 2009 economic stimulus, 2010 health care reform. Did not seek a tenth term in 2010, announcing his retirement after his wife suffered a heart attack. Succeeded in Congress by Justin Amash.

Wife: Johanna Meulink (until his death, two daughters, two sons)
Daughter: Heidi Rienstra
Son: Brian Ehlers
Daughter: Marla Ehlers
Son: Todd Ehlers

    University: Calvin College (1952-55)
    University: BA Physics, University of California at Berkeley (1956)
    University: PhD Nuclear Physics, University of California at Berkeley (1960)
    Professor: Calvin College (1967-82)

    US Congressman, Michigan 3rd (1993-2011)
    Michigan State Senate (1985-93)
    Michigan State House of Representatives (1983-85)
    Michigan State Official Commissioner, Kent County, MI (1975-83)
    American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow (1960)
    American Physical Society 1960
    Bush-Cheney '04
    Close Up Foundation Board of Advisors
    It's My Party Too National Advisory Board
    Republican Main Street Partnership
    Ripon Society
    Science Debate 2008 Co-Chair, Steering Committee

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