National Space Society Governor Don Fuqua Biography

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Don Fuqua

National Space Society Board of Governors

Don Fuqua was a U.S. Congressman from 1963 to 1987 and President of the Aerospace Industry Association (AIA) from 1987 to 1998.

Mr. Fuqua served 12 terms as a U.S. Congressman, representing Florida’s Second Congressional District. He was elected Chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee in 1979 after serving on the committee since his election in 1963. He gained firsthand knowledge of the U.S. Space program as a member of the subcommittee that oversaw the program in its formative years and as chairman of the Subcommittee on Space Science and Applications from 1971 to 1981. He served as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Future of the U.S. Space Program, commonly known as the Augustine Council, which provided advice to the NASA administrator on NASA’s programs and policies.

As chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, Mr. Fuqua personally inspected and reviewed research projects throughout the nation. He delved into fields as far-ranging as the development of competitive aircraft of the future, the application of space technology to the needs of the elderly and disabled, the design of fuel efficient autos, the development of liquefied coal, and the protection of the environment from hazards as common as water weeds and as advanced as nuclear waste. The committee has direct authorization and oversight responsibility for most of the nation’s government-funded civilian research, development, and demonstration programs.

Mr. Fuqua was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1933. He received a B.S. degree in agricultural economics in 1957 from the University of Florida. He served in the U.S. army from 1953 to 1955.