Sherwood Louis Boehlert (born September 28, 1936) is a retired American politician from New York. He represented New York's upstate 24th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1983 until 2007. Boehlert, a Republican, was considered to be a member of the party's moderate wing.
After leaving Wyandotte, Boehlert served as Chief of Staff for two upstate Congressmen, Alexander Pirnie and Donald J. Mitchell; following this, he was elected the county executive of Oneida County, New York, serving from 1979 to 1983. After his four-year term as county executive, he ran successfully for Congress in the elections of 1982. He was reelected to every Congress subsequent. In 2003, Utica Union Station was renamed in the Congressman's honor.
Boehlert was an active promoter of first responder legislation, a strong champion for volunteer firefighters and original member and Chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus
Boehlert is best known for his work on environmental policy. Beginning in the 1980s with the acid rain crisis, Boehlert became a prominent voice in the Republican party for the environment. He was a major contributor to the acid rain provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Boehlert pushed continually to increase Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for light trucks and automobiles and was the lead GOP sponsor of numerous CAFE amendments. Due to Boehlert's constant battles over environmental legislation, often putting him at odds with his party's leadership, National Journal dubbed Boehlert the “Green Hornet” and featured him as one of the dozen “key players” in the House of Representatives.
On the Science Committee, Boehlert championed investments in the National Science Foundation, science and math education programs and the Department of Energy's Office of Science. As Chairman he pushed for measures to increase cybersecurity R&D and the creation of a Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. After 9/11 and the anthrax attacks, Boehlert crafted legislation establishing the DHS S&T Directorate to oversee development of technologies to secure against terrorist attacks. This homeland security S&T bill reported out of the Science Committee was ultimately accepted by the congressional leadership and President Bush and enacted as part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.
Boehlert was one of the first Members of Congress to call for a competitiveness agenda, culminating with a major National Academy of Sciences report Rising Above the Gathering Storm on retaining U.S. leadership in science and engineering, as well as the American Competitiveness Initiative introduced by President Bush in 2006.
Since 2007, Boehlert has remained active promoting environmental and scientific causes. He serves currently on the Board of the bipartisan Alliance for Climate Protection chaired by former Vice President Al Gore. Boehlert has served as a co-chair of the National Transportation Policy Project of the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Former Congressman Sherwood Boehlert and the Bipartisan Policy Center to Call for Transportation Policy Reform at New York City Forum.
Feb 03, 2010; The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and former New York Congressman Sherwood Boehlert will convene a forum to discuss federal...
Defense Watch.(Sherwood Boehlert to give up his chairmanship of science panel)(Retired Navy Rear Adm. Joe Sestak political fund raising campaign)(Michael Wynne suggests replacement of tanker fleet)
Mar 20, 2006; The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Retirement. House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood...