August 23, 2018
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, introduced fellow Oklahoman Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier ahead of his confirmation hearing this morning. Droegemeier was nominated by President Trump to serve as the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Inhofe applauded the nomination on August 1, 2018.
Remarks as prepared for delivery:
All we need to know about Kelvin Droegemeier is that he’s the one responsible for saving so many lives in Oklahoma.
You know, I’m old enough and I’ve been around long enough to remember—we’re a tornado state, I mean we have tornadoes, they are devastating. I can remember when we had virtually no warning—we didn’t have any advanced warning when things were taking place.
Now, because of what he’s done, we have minutes, sometimes hours, to warn people to take cover because of impending severe weather.
And if that’s not impressive enough, the company he created employs 100 people and has had a $350 million impact on our state of Oklahoma.
He knows science. He knows business. And he’s a celebrity. You may not know he’s a celebrity, but he is. I mean, look at him. He’s got a great smile, but he is a celebrity.
In 1978, he was on the classic “In Search Of…” science television series narrated by Leonard Nimroy where he was featured for his expertise on tornadoes.
He knows his stuff, he’s going to be doing a great job and in addition to just being imminently qualified—there is no one in America that’s better qualified for this position than he is, Democrats and Republicans alike agree with that—but I just want to add that in addition to being imminently qualified, he is famous, he’s fun and he’s entertaining.