Sherwood "Sherry" Boehlert
2008 Honorary Member
Former Congressman Sherwood Boehlert represented Central New York State in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 terms. During his 24 years of service, Boehlert built a legacy as a moderate, focusing on consensus-building and results. He served on the House Science Committee for his entire Congressional career and in 2001 was elected its chairman. In addition, he was third-ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. From 1995 to 2000 he served as chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. Boehlert was also a long-time member of the House Intelligence Committee and a founding member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Congressional Quarterly named him one of the 50 Most Effective Lawmakers on Capitol Hill; National Journal dubbed the long-time environmental leader "The Green Hornet," and Time magazine cited him as a go-to "power center" in the House. Boehlert retired from the House in 2007. He joined The Accord Group, where he is Of Counsel. Additionally, the former lawmaker serves with former Governor Mark Warner (Va.) and former Senator Slade Gordon (Wash.) as co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Transportation Project for the 21st century. Boehlert is on a number of boards of directors including the Alliance for Climate Protection (Gore group); the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund; the League of Conservation Voters; the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; and the Republican Main Street Partnership.