Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) named Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States; Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) named Republican Leader >>

January 30th, 2019

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) named Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States; Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) named Republican Leader

Yesterday, the House Natural Resources Committee announced that Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) will chair the House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States (SIPUS). Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) will lead the minority as the Republican Leader of the subcommittee.

The Subcommittee, known as the Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee during the previous Congress, has exclusive jurisdiction in the House of Representatives over matters related to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

“As chair of the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States, I look forward to working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to find solutions to the pressing issues facing our American Indian and Alaska Native communities,” Rep. Gallego said. “We must work together to improve access to health care, justice, education and sustainable economic growth, to safeguard tribal water rights, and to protect sacred cultural and historical lands.”

Rep. Cook echoed these sentiments. “I’m honored to assume this leadership role on the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States…This subcommittee presents the opportunity for bipartisan work, and I intend on being a problem solver whenever possible.”

Rep. Gallego represents Arizona’s 7th Congressional District, which includes most of southern, western, and downtown Phoenix, along with a portion of Glendale. He is the son of Hispanic immigrants, a veteran, and a community leader. Rep. Gallego was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Harvard University with a degree in International Relations. He later joined the Marine Corps, serving in Iraq with the well-known combat unit Lima 3/25.

Rep. Cook represents California’s 8th Congressional District, which includes San Bernardino County as well as Mono and Inyo counties. He served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

Both Congressmen serve on the Natural Resources Committee and the Armed Services Committee.

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