The Honorable John Edward Porter
Research!America Chair EMERITUS
John Edward Porter served 21 years as U.S. Congressman from the 10th district in Illinois, where he served on the Appropriations Committee, and as chair of the subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Under his subcommittee's jurisdiction were all the health programs and agencies (including NIH and CDC, but excepting FDA) and all of the education and labor programs and agencies of the federal government. During his chairmanship he led efforts resulting in doubling funding for the National Institutes of Health.
He was founder and Co-chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, a voluntary association of more than 250 members of Congress working to identify, monitor, and end human rights violations worldwide. He co-authored the legislation creating Radio Free Asia and served as Chair of the Global Legislators Organized for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE USA).
He is Chair Emeritus of Research!America and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the National Institute of Medicine. Previously, he served on boards of the Brookings Institution, RAND Corporation, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. Among over 275 awards for his service in Congress is the Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service.
Before his election to Congress, Porter served in the Illinois House of Representatives and prior to that as an Honor Law Graduate Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Kennedy Administration. He attended M.I.T., and is a graduate of Northwestern University, and, with distinction, of the University of Michigan Law School. Porter has ten honorary degrees.
The John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center on the campus of the National Institutes of Health is named in his honor. Porter is the 2014 recipient of the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal, the Academy’s highest honor.