Nick Lampson, former US Congressman, has been active in elected government for over forty-two years, ten of those in the US House of Representatives. His political saga started in local elected office and continued to numerous state agencies and committees, including Congressional Committees on Science, Space, and Technology; Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; and Committee on Agriculture. He created the Congressional Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, helped create the Congressional Center Aisle Caucus, worked in Congress on science issues involving space, environment and energy and was a delegate to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He has been a high school science teacher, a university instructor, a community activist, legislator, lobbyist, family man, and concerned citizen. Since congress he was appointed to a National Academies of Science study to modernize the National Weather Service and to serve as chief operating officer of a healthcare delivery system in Southeast Texas.