House Science Committee Chair is an Anti-Vaxxer

Rep. Barry Lowdermilk, who seems to badly want to join the ranks of Louis Gohmert and Steve King with the Republican Stupidity Caucus, is the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Oversight in the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. He’s also an anti-vaxxer who refused to vaccinate his own kids.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, hosted his first town hall meeting last week in Cartersville. The last question he fielded was on the hot topic of vaccines.

Specifically, a woman in the crowd wanted to know if Loudermilk would hold a hearing on whether some crucial data was withheld from a 2004 Centers for Disease Control study that found no link between vaccines and autism…

Said Loudermilk:

“I believe it’s the parents’ decision whether to immunize or not. And so I’m looking at [my] wife – most of our children, we didn’t immunize. They’re healthy. Of course, home schooling, we didn’t have to get the mandatory immunization.”

Loudermilk goes onto say he will look into whether he has the proper jurisdiction in the Science and Technology subcommittee on oversight, which he chairs, to hold a hearing on the issue.

Not only do we keep electing idiots to office, we keep putting them in leadership positions on science committees even if they are incredibly anti-science. Sorry, “we” don’t do that — Republicans do.

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  • holytape

    Dear Rep. Barry Loudermilk,

    Fuck you.


    Parents everywhere.

  • Kamaka

    Let’s hope at the 2nd town hall meeting someone calls this nincompoop out.

  • Alverant

    Good old conservative self-centerness, “we don’t need it so fuck the rest of you”.

  • Raging Bee

    “The Committees on Energy and Commerce and Government Oversight are already looking into this issue, and we’ve been assured they will continue to investigate the matter fully.”

    The Energy committee will try to use the vaccine issue to muster support for the Keystone XL pipeline; the Commerce committee will try to craft a vaccine policy that’s best for American business; and the Government Oversight committee will just keep on preaching about how vaccines are bad because small government vs. the nanny-state.

    Or at least that’s the only reason I can see for those three committees to be dealing with a public-health issue…

  • felicis

    Anti-vaccine and anti-public-school. How much you want to bet anti-global-warming?

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Some clarifications.

    He spells his name Loudermilk. No W.

    He serves on the House committee on Science, Space and Technology, which is chaired by Lamar Smith.

    He is chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight.

    Formerly, while a Georgia state senator, he chaired the Georgia Senate Committee on Science and Technology.

  • John Pieret

    “All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.” – Mark Twain’

  • caseloweraz

    Reginald Selkirk: He [Loudermilk] is chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight.

    Well, he obviously has had a lot of practice at making oversights.

  • noe1951

    so, which two of his three children did not vaccinate?