Department of Energy
Capitol Hill, Office of Congressman Michael Honda (D-CA)
New Jersey - High school chemistry
In his second year as an Einstein Fellow in the Office of Congressman Michael M. Honda, Mr. Potosnak was responsible for policy in the areas of education, the environment, global warming, the interior, water, government reform, and Japanese American confinement sites. He had the opportunity to engage in many legislative and professional development activities including researching legislation, drafting legislation, and education appropriations as part of the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education FY ’09 Appropriations Bill. Mr. Potosnak’s experience as a science teacher provided a practical perspective as Congress continued its efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, often referred to as No Child Left Behind. Following his second fellowship year, Potosnak became a staff person for Congressman Honda, leaving in 2010 to become an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. House district that includes his New Jersey home town.