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Local Leader Mark McDaniel Reappointed to NASA Human Exploration and Operations Advisory Committee

July 23, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC—  Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) announced NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine’s reappointment of Huntsville’s Mark McDaniel to a two-year term on the Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (“NAC”). Congressman Brooks initially recommended Mr. McDaniel in 2018 to Administrator Bridenstine, a personal friend and former House colleague, citing Mr. McDaniel’s past record of exemplary service on the NASA Advisory Council. The NAC is NASA’s highest civilian advisory board.

Congressman Brooks praised the reappointment saying, “Mark McDaniel has done an exemplary job advising NASA on its future missions as a member of NASA Advisory Council’s Human Exploration and Operations Committee. Mark’s past service and qualifications make him an excellent choice for reappointment to another term on the committee. I congratulate Mark on his reappointment."

(from left) Congressman Mo Brooks, Mr. Mark McDaniel, and Administrator Jim Bridenstine at MSFC in 2018

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Brooks continued, “I greatly appreciate my friend NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine for his thoughtful consideration in reappointing Mark McDaniel. Jim’s leadership at NASA has been exemplary, and I am glad he recognized Mark’s contributions to this important NASA advisory committee.”

“Mark McDaniel has been a dedicated member of the NAC for several years, and we look forward to him continuing to provide his expertise to the Committee,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “As we prepare to go forward to the Moon and beyond, it is critical that NASA has top experts like Mark on our team. His wealth of knowledge is a great benefit to the Artemis program, as well as our mission to send human explorers to Mars.”

Mr. McDaniel said, “Congressman Mo Brooks has provided great leadership to our nation, state and NASA. I thank Congressman Brooks for recommending my reappointment to the NASA Advisory Council- Human Exploration and Operations Committee."

McDaniel continued, “I am confident that under the leadership of Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the tremendous team he has put together, our nation will put the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024. Under Administrator Bridenstine’s  leadership NASA is setting the stage for human exploration of Mars and the heavens beyond.”

Previously, NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin appointed Mr. McDaniel to the NASA Advisory Council in October 2000 and NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe reappointed Mr. McDaniel to the Council in November 2002 and November 2004. During Mr. McDaniel’s tenure on the NAC, President George W. Bush announced the Moon, Mars, and Beyond Initiative which set the Nation on a more aggressive pace for Space Exploration.

On January 26, 2007, Mr. McDaniel received the NASA Public Service Medal for his "Leadership and Council to America's Space Agency, his advocacy of Human Space Flight and Exploration and dedication to the Aerospace Community at large."