The National Academy of Sciences will present its 2014 Public Welfare Medal to Hogan Lovells partner John E Porter on 27 April 2014 at the academy’s 151st annual meeting. Porter is a former member of Congress and chair of Research!America.
The medal, established in 1914, is the academy’s most prestigious award and is presented annually to honour extraordinary use of science for the public good.
First elected to Congress in 1980, Porter served Illinois’ 10th District in the US House of Representatives for 21 years. As a member and then chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee, he played a key role in overseeing budget appropriations for all federal health and education agencies. In 1995, Porter launched a campaign that led to the largest funding increase in National Institutes of Health (NIH) history, doubling the agency’s budget over five years despite efforts in Congress at the time to cut government spending.
As a partner at Hogan Lovells, Porter specialises in health legislation and political law compliance. He also serves as chair of Research!America, a non-profit public education and advocacy alliance dedicated to making health research a higher national priority, and as vice-chair of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.