Former Congressman Sherwood Boehlert represented Central New York State in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 terms. During his 24 years of service, Boehlert built a legacy as a moderate, focusing on consensus-building and results. He served on the house science committee for his entire congressional career, including chair in 2001. Congressional Quarterly named Boehlert one of the 50 Most Effective Lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the National Journal dubbed the long-time environmental leader “The Green Hornet.” Boehlert retired from the House in January 2007 and joined The Accord Group where he is Counsel. The former lawmaker serves as co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Transportation Project for the 21st century and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Science for Policy Project. Boehlert is on a number of boards of directors including The Alliance for Climate Protection; The Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund; The League of Conservation Voters; The Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; and the Republican Main Street Partnership.
Topics:The view from the middle or the disappearing center; partisanship reigns; the need for tolerance in congress.