During his 30 years in Congress, many of them as Chairman of the Committee on Government Reform, Burton was involved in over 20 hearings on autism. Burton’s grandson developed autism after receiving 9 vaccines on the same day. His pursuit of truth and passionate leadership helped define and inspire the modern autism movement.Dr. Weldon retired after 14 years in Congress, where he was a founding member of the Congressional Autism Caucus. He spent years working with leaders in the autism community to discover any factors that contribute to its occurrence as well as explore all available research into its prevention, including removing thimerosal from vaccines.Currently, in his third term, Congressman Bill Posey’s political career has been defined by a “take-charge attitude,” according to the Washington Post. In the November 2012 Congressional hearing on the rise in autism, Posey’s take-charge attitude is evident. Dr. Weldon endorsed Posey to succeed him.