In announcing that the congressman will be the 2003 commencement speaker, College president Dennis Golladay said, “We are honored, indeed, to have a commencement speaker of Congressman Boehlert's stature. He clearly understands and supports the vital role of community colleges in higher education and economic development, and we look forward to his address.”
A Utica native, Boehlert (R-New Hartford) has served in the United States House of Representatives for 20 years and is currently closely involved with NASA and intelligence oversight affairs. Now in his 11th consecutive term representing Central New York, the congressman was most recently elected in 2002.
Boehlert chairs the House Science Committee, which oversees $30 billion in annual federal spending on nonmilitary science and technology programs through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation, and various national departments and agencies. He also chairs the Scientific and Technology Committee of NATO's Parliamentary Assembly.
In addition, Boehlert serves on the House Select Committee on Intelligence and on the new House Select Committee on Homeland Security, focusing on the work of the new cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security.
Through other congressional committee assignments, Boehlert is active in legislation involving water resources, environment, highways, and railroads.
A resident of New Hartford, Boehlert graduated from Utica College with a bachelor of science degree in 1961. He served in the Army for two years and was Oneida County executive from 1979 to 1983.
The 24th Congressional District includes all or parts of Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Oneida, Ontario, Otsego, Seneca, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties.