Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate former United States Senator and astronaut, Bill Nelson, to serve as Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
“I am pleased that the President has chosen Sen. Nelson to lead NASA, an agency that is one of the crown jewels of the nation’s science and technology enterprise and a source of inspiration throughout the world,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “Through his committee leadership positions in both the House and Senate, Sen. Nelson has amassed decades of experience in dealing with NASA, Congress, and the space and aviation communities, and I know he will be able to hit the ground running when he becomes Administrator. He shares my love for NASA and the dedicated men and women who work there, and I look forward to working with him to create an exciting future for the agency.”
“Former Senator Nelson knows space policy inside and out as a leader on the Senate Commerce Committee, and as someone who has been to space,” said Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chairman Don Beyer (D-VA). “His experience, knowledge, and strong ties to Capitol Hill will be an asset as the Biden-Harris Administration pursues an ambitious agenda of space exploration and scientific advancement, which will require support and funding from Congress. This is a time of great American achievements in space, with even brighter possibilities ahead, and I look forward to partnering with Sen. Nelson to continue this exciting progress at NASA.”