United States House Committee on Natural Resources
United States House of Representatives
|Succeeded||Committee on Insular Affairs|
|Formerly known as||House Committee on Resources|
|Chair||Rob Bishop (R)
Since January 3, 2015
|Ranking member||Raúl Grijalva (D)
Since January 3, 2015
|Vice chair||Louie Gohmert (R)|
|Chair emeritus||Don Young (R)|
|Political parties||Majority (26)|
|Policy areas||Energy development, mining, mineral rights, wildlife, fisheries, public lands, oceans, Native Americans|
|Oversight authority||Department of Energy|
|Senate counterpart||Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources|
|1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, or Natural Resources Committee (often referred to as simply "Resources") is a Congressional committee of the United States House of Representatives. Originally called the "Committee on Interior & Insular Affairs," the name was changed to the Natural Resources Committee in 1993. The name was shortened to the Resources Committee in 1995 by the new Chairman, Don Young (at the same time, the committee took over the duties of the now-defunct Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee). Following the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives in 2006, the name of the committee was changed back to its title used between 1993 and 1995.
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- Fisheries and wildlife, including research, restoration, refuges, and conservation.
- Forest reserves and national parks created from the public domain.
- Forfeiture of land grants and alien ownership, including alien ownership of mineral lands.
- Geological Survey.
- International fishing agreements.
- Interstate compacts relating to apportionment of waters for irrigation purposes.
- Irrigation and reclamation, including water supply for reclamation projects and easements of public lands for irrigation projects; and acquisition of private lands when necessary to complete irrigation projects.
- Native Americans generally, including the care and allotment of Native American lands and general and special measures relating to claims that are paid out of Native American funds.
- Insular areas of the United States generally (except those affecting the revenue and appropriations).
- Military parks and battlefields, national cemeteries administered by the Secretary of the Interior, parks within the District of Columbia, and the erection of monuments to the memory of individuals.
- Mineral land laws and claims and entries thereunder.
- Mineral resources of public lands.
- Mining interests generally.
- Mining schools and experimental stations.
- Marine affairs, including coastal zone management (except for measures relating to oil and other pollution of navigable waters).
- Petroleum conservation on public lands and conservation of the radium supply in the United States.
- Preservation of prehistoric ruins and objects of interest on the public domain.
- Public lands generally, including entry, easements, and grazing thereon.
- Relations of the United States with Native Americans and Native American tribes.
- Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline (except ratemaking).
Members, 115th Congress
In the 111th Congress, the number of subcommittees was reduced from 5 to 4. The Subcommittees on Insular Affairs and Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans were merged into the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife. In the 112th Congress, the number was again increased to 5, adding the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.
During the committee's official reorganization for the 113th Congress, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands was renamed the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
When former Chairman Doc Hastings of Washington retired from Congress, Rob Bishop of Utah took over as the committee's new chairman at the beginning of the 114th Congress. Congressman Bishop began the process of hiring new staff and reorganized the committee's structure as his predecessors had done. The chairman eliminated the Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs subcommittee and split its duties between the renamed Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs and Water, Power and Oceans subcommittees. The chairman also created a new Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, keeping the total number of subcommittees at five
The chairman also transferred jurisdiction over the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act from the former Public Lands and Environmental Regulation and established a renamed the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.
|Energy and Mineral Resources||Paul Gosar (R-AZ)||Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)|
|Federal Lands||Tom McClintock (R-CA)||Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI)|
|Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs||Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)||Norma Torres (D-CA)|
|Oversight and Investigations||Raúl Labrador (R-ID)||Donald McEachin (D-VA)|
|Water, Power and Oceans||Doug Lamborn (R-CO)||Jared Huffman (D-CA)|
|Chair||Party||State||Start of Service||End of Service|
|Thomas B. Robertson||Democratic-Republican||Louisiana||1815||1818|
|Richard C. Anderson||Democratic-Republican||Kentucky||1819||1821|
|Jacob C. Isacks||Jacksonian||Tennessee||1827||1830|
|Charles A. Wickliffe||Jacksonian||Kentucky||1830||1833|
|Clement C. Clay||Democratic||Alabama||1833||1835|
|William C. Johnson||Whig||Maryland||
|John W. Davis||Democratic||Indiana||1843||1845|
|John A. McClernand||Democratic||Illinois||1845||1847|
|James B. Bowlin||Democratic||Missouri||1849||1851|
|Willard P. Hall||Democratic||Missouri||1851||1853|
|David T. Disney||Democratic||Ohio||1853||1855|
|Henry Bennett||Opposition||New York||1855||1857|
|Williamson R. W. Cobb||Democratic||Alabama||1857||1859|
|John F. Potter||Republican||Wisconsin||1861||1863|
|George W. Julian||Republican||Indiana||1863||1871|
|John H. Ketcham||Republican||New York||1871||1873|
|William R. Morrison||Democratic||Illinois||1877||1879|
|George L. Converse||Democratic||Ohio||1879||1881|
|Thaddeus C. Pound||Republican||Wisconsin||1881||1883|
|Thomas R. Cobb||Democratic||Indiana||1883||1887|
|William S. Holman||Democratic||Indiana||1887||1889|
|Lewis E. Payson||Republican||Illinois||1889||1891|
|Thomas C. McRae||Democratic||Arkansas||1891||1895|
|John F. Lacey||Republican||Iowa||1895||1907|
|Franklin W. Mondell||Republican||Wyoming||1907||1911|
|Joseph T. Robinson||Democratic||Arkansas||1911||1912|
|Nicholas J. Sinnott||Republican||Oregon||1919||1928|
|Don B. Colton||Republican||Utah||1928||1931|
|John M. Evans||Democratic||Montana||1931||1933|
|René L. De Rouen||Democratic||Louisiana||1933||1940|
|James W. Robinson||Democratic||Utah||1940||1943|
|J. Hardin Peterson||Democratic||Florida||1943||1947|
|Richard J. Welch||Republican||California||1947||1949|
|Andrew L. Somers||Democratic||New York||
|J. Hardin Peterson||Democratic||Florida||1949||1951|
|John R. Murdock||Democratic||Arizona||1951||1953|
|Arthur L. Miller||Republican||Nebraska||1953||1955|
|Wayne N. Aspinall||Democratic||Colorado||1959||1973|
|James A. Haley||Democratic||Florida||1973||1977|
|Nick Rahall||Democratic||West Virginia||2007||2011|
- "Incoming chairman pledges new agenda for House environment panel". Associated Press/Lodi News Record. December 8, 2006. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
- H.Res. 6, H.Res. 51
- H.Res. 7, H.Res. 45, H.Res. 52, H.Res. 95
- Appointed to committee in 2015, previously served from 2011 to 2013
- Sablan is an Independent, but caucuses with the Democrats
- "Rules for the Committee on Natural Resources" (PDF). Committee on Natural Resources Committee (PDF). January 23, 2013.
- Bravender, Robin (January 7, 2015). "Staff shuffles abound across energy, enviro committees". Energy & Environment Daily. E&E Publishing, LLC. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
- Taylor, Phil (January 6, 2015). "New chairman overhauls committee staff". Energy & Environment Daily. E&E Publishing, LLC. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
- Subcommittee Changes
- Taylor, Phil (January 14, 2015). "Bishop creates new oversight panel, names GOP roster". Energy & Environment Daily. E&E Publishing, LLC. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
- "House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop Announces Republican Members for 114th Congress, New Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations". Committee on Natural Resources. January 13, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
- Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives (Archive)
- House Natural Resources Committee. Legislation activity and reports, Congress.gov.
- Historical information of the Committee on Resources and its predecessor committees 1807-2002 54MB