"Science Candidates Prevail in US Midterm Elections"

"Trump administration's science and environment policies could come under extra scrutiny as Democrats gain in Congress."

"Results from the United States’ midterm elections are still pouring in, but a handful of candidates with backgrounds in science or technology have already nabbed seats in the US House of Representatives.

They include Elaine Luria, a US Navy veteran and nuclear engineer in Virginia, and Chrissy Houlahan, a former business executive with degrees in engineering, in Pennsylvania. Illinois saw victories by registered nurse Lauren Underwood, a former senior adviser to the Department of Health and Human Services, and clean-energy entrepreneur Sean Casten, who has degrees in engineering and biochemistry.

The four — all Democrats — are among roughly 50 candidates with science backgrounds who ran for the House in 2018, sparked in part by opposition to President Donald Trump; fewer than half of these novice politicians made it past the primaries to the general election."

Lauren Morello, Jane J. Lee, and Jeff Tollefson report for Nature November 6, 2018.

Source: Nature, 11/07/2018