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Spotlight: Representatives Brett Guthrie and Susan A. Davis

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GuthrieDavisThe House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development has jurisdiction over all education and training beyond the high school level as well as poverty programs, the Native American Programs Act, the Institute of Peace, and all matters dealing with programs and services for the elderly. This subcommittee has a significant impact on higher education as do its two leaders.

Born in Florence, AL, Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) represents the second congressional district of Kentucky. He serves on both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce for the 115th Congress. He also serves as Assistant Whip within the Republican Conference and as a regional representative to the Republican Policy Committee. In 2017, Rep. Guthrie sponsored 16 pieces of legislation, including eight health-related bills and one one higher education bill. Along with Chairwoman Virginia Foxx, Ed.D. (R-NC), Rep. Guthrie introduced the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, which reforms the Higher Education Act of 1965. He has complained that the process of applying for student loans is far too complicated, saying, “Students and their families are forced to navigate six different types of federal loans, nine different type repayment plans, eight different forgiveness programs, and 32 deferment or forbearance options, each with its own rules and regulations.”

Born in Cambridge, MA, Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) represents California’s 53rd congressional district. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee and as the Ranking Member of the Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee. Rep. Davis’ stated committee priorities are to 1) increase access to a college degree, 2) create equal opportunity in education and the workplace, 3) focus on student safety and 4) emphasize career and technical training. Rep. Davis defines herself a “social worker at heart,” with a Master of Arts degree in the subject and she has been an outspoken supporter of members of the LGBT community and victims of sexual assault, both on college campuses and in the military. In the 115th Congress, Rep. Davis has sponsored 18 pieces of legislation, six education-related bills and one health-related resolution.

Each month the Washington Update will spotlight congressional leaders or federal officials to help you get to know the people making the decisions that affect academic dentistry and research at the national level. 

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