Brooks, Coons, DelBene, Young to Serve as ITIF Honorary Co-Chairs

February 13, 2019

WASHINGTON—The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the world’s leading think tank for science and technology policy, today announced that Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), and Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) will join Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) as honorary co-chairs as ITIF pursues its mission of developing and advancing policy solutions that accelerate innovation and boost productivity to spur growth, opportunity, and progress.

ITIF issued the following statement from its president, Rob Atkinson: “We are pleased to welcome Senator Young and Congresswomen Brooks and DelBene as ITIF’s honorary co-chairs alongside Senator Coons, who has provided valuable leadership since 2015. Fast-moving issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy require high-quality information, analysis, and recommendations that policymakers can trust. With guidance and support from champions in Congress, ITIF can continue promoting policy solutions that drive innovation, productivity, and competitiveness to benefit all Americans.”

Senator Coons said: “For our economy to grow and create high quality jobs, the public and private sectors must work together to make America a leader in emerging technologies. That’s why I’m honored to serve as an ITIF co-chair alongside Senator Young and Congresswomen Brooks and DelBene, who embody ITIF’s thoughtful, bipartisan approach to strengthening our workforce, boosting productivity, and paving the way for innovation.”

Representative Brooks said: “To address the most critical issues in tech policy, we need big ideas and boots on the ground, especially in Congress. I’m honored to support ITIF, and I look forward to working together to advance policies such as rural broadband development and 5G deployment that encourage innovation, growth, and progress throughout the country.”

Representative DelBene said: “At a time when technological advances are growing at a rapid rate, Congress must continue to pursue innovative solutions to complicated issues. I remain committed to this important work and am honored to work with ITIF as we work together to implement forward looking good public policy.”

Senator Young said: “I’m honored to be chosen as a new honorary co-chair for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. ITIF has been invaluable in developing policy proposals that will keep Indiana and the country leading in the global knowledge economy.”