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Hon. Lowell Weicker

Lowell Weicker’s long career in public service included leadership roles at the state and federal level. During his tenure in the U.S. Congress, Mr. Weicker served on the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. As a United States Senator representing the state of Connecticut, Mr. Weicker sponsored, co-sponsored and supported many profound pieces of legislation, and is credited as being a strong force behind assuring funding for NOAA to make certain it was able to accomplish its goals and responsibilities as the lead federal ocean agency.

Mr. Weicker is responsible for the creation of the National Undersea Research Program, and the building and operation of the Aquarius Laboratory, the only underwater laboratory in the world, located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. While serving as Senator, Mr. Weicker spent three days 50-feet under the sea, living inside the Aquarius, observing research scientists as they studied animal life, energy and pollution in the ocean.

Elected Governor of Connecticut in 1990, Mr. Weicker continued to pursue ocean interests, supporting the hydrodynamic modeling of Long Island Sound and programs to study the Connecticut River estuary system, and building a state-of-the-art marine science and education facility at the Avery Point campus of the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Weicker graduated from Lawrenceville Academy and Yale University, before graduating University of Virginia Law School in 1958.