Paul Tonko

US Rep for New York’s 20th District

  • A mechanical and industrial engineer by training, Tonko is one of the only engineers in Congress where he takes a unique, measured and analytical approach to legislating.
  • Tonko served as President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority before being elected to Congress in 2008.
  • In Congress, Tonko is a champion for STEM education and fights to protect scientific research from alternative facts.

"Our nation faces an immediate need of millions of newly-educated STEM professionals"

"As an engineer in Congress, it is an absolute honor to have the endorsement of the 314 Action Fund and to be named a STEM Trailblazer," said Tonko. "Our nation faces an immediate need of millions of newly-educated STEM professionals, and Congress must step up to provide our states, schools, and institutions with the tools and flexibility they require to meet that need. We also need more elected officials who will both take an evidence-based approach to policymaking, putting facts and data ahead of short-term political interests. Engineers think differently - and that diversity of thinking is needed in Washington, D.C. now more than ever."