Greg Walden's New House Committee Role

Walden will represent 8 states in the formation of House committees.

Posted: Nov 28, 2018 1:23 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2018 2:44 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives Republican Steering Committee will include Oregon Congressman Greg Walden (R-Hood River). 

Walden was elected to his 11th term in the US House this November.  While he retained his seat, Republicans lost the majority in the House.  So in the new session of Congress, the Energy and Commerce Committee will be chaired by Democratic lawmakers.  That's a position currently held by Walden.

On this new committee, Walden will have a role in assigning fellow party members to other House committees. 

As to the relevance and importance of the role, Encyclopedia.com  states: Thus, with a large number of members competing for a relatively small number of key committee assignments, the parties' respective steering committees take on tremendous importance within the Republican and Democratic caucuses. Even for new members, who lack the seniority to head the most powerful committees, steering committees are very important. Assignment to a powerful committee, even at a junior rank, affords the representative or senator prestige and political capital. Not surprisingly, therefore, steering committees have emerged as an important aspect of the legislative process. 

Today, Representative Walden released this statement about his new role: 

“I am honored to earn the support of my colleagues to serve on the House Republican Steering Committee for the next session of Congress. I would especially like to thank my fellow members of the Western states for supporting me as their representative for Region 11 on this important committee. In this position, I will continue to advocate for public policy that addresses the unique challenges we face in the West. There is much more work to be done to improve federal forest policy to reduce the risk of wildfires, bring local input back to public land management decisions, and ensure our farming, ranching, and rural communities are able to thrive. I remain committed to working in a bipartisan manner in the upcoming Congress on these issues, and will continue to work across the aisle to solve problems and get results for our district.”

In addition to Oregon, Walden will represent Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming on the House Republican Steering Committee as the Region 11 Representative for the 116th Congress.

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