A United States lawmaker who represents Berks County and the Lehigh Valley was honored Wednesday for his support of scientific research.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, a Republican, was given the champion of science award by The Science Coalition at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

The coalition said Dent has shown a commitment to funding research that contributes to scientific and medical discoveries.

The award recognizes members of Congress whose actions benefit research conducted at universities and labs across the country.