My name is Jonathan “Jon” Haire. I am a retired Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist running for the Texas 36th Congressional District (CD-36). I believe in doing things for “the common good,” i.e., creating conditions to everyone’s advantage. We should resolve personal and public issues with compassion. We need to live as brothers and sisters, not as self-centered competitors who only win when others lose. To restore our country’s greatness, we must again become an inclusive society where every child born in our country has an opportunity to participate in its greatness. I believe in science and in trusting consensus expert opinion. We should value our allies (e.g., North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO]) because we can accomplish more together than we can individually. The United States should take the ethical and moral high ground on issues to once again be the hope of the world.
Jonathan Haire was married to his high school sweetheart for 48 years before she died of cancer in 2013. They were married after graduating university. He has two daughters and three grandchildren.
- PhD, Nuclear Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh N.C.
- Instructor, Physics, San Diego Community College, San Diego, CA
- Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Georgia Tech (i.e., The Georgia Institute of Technology), Atlanta, GA.
- Distinguished Nuclear Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for more than 33 years.
- A consultant on risk assessments for DuPont deNemours, Inc., and United Technologies Corporation.
- Obtained a patent on an ammonia (NH3) cracker designed for hydrogen production – a proponent of the hydrogen energy economy.
- Published more than 200 scientific open literature publications.
- Conducted, participated, and led research and development (R&D) collaborations between the U.S and United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, and Russia.
Business / Environment
- Co-founder of company, NoCO2, LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company (currently not functioning). Note, carbon dioxide (CO2) is earth’s primary greenhouse gas.
- Marched for civil rights in Raleigh, NC in the 1960s while a university student.
- Marched for “Black Lives Matter,” Houston, TX 2020.
Why I’m running
I am running for the Texas 36th Congressional District seat because our country’s democracy is in danger. Extreme right-wing politicians are working to overthrow the results of the last presidential election. Their followers assaulted our elected officials in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, turning the debate from words and ideas to violence. Eighteen states have passed laws restricting our voting rights. Truly, our democracy is in peril.
Healthcare should be accessible and affordable for everyone.
We must follow the guidance of healthcare professionals to eliminate COVID-19.
Texans want a reliable electricity supply system, expanded Internet services, and flood protection.
Our children are our nation’s future, and their education is paramount to this country’s long term success.